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Student Profile: Zachary Shillolo and Dunbat Skate Shack

Oasis Skateboard factory is an alternative school in Toronto that uses Roarockit technology to build boards in the classroom. Does this school prepare students for the real world?

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Board N' School Art Auction

The Oasis Skateboard Factory & Roarockit Skateboard Company Present: Board n' School - A Skateboard Art Show and Auction

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Where: The Gladstone Hotel Art Bar 

1214 Queen St W - Toronto, ON

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When: Opening reception and silent auction Friday, April 19 7:00-9:00pm 

Exhibit April 19-21 

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Friday April 19th sees the Gladstone host a retro mini-skateboard silent auction of rolling artworks by local artists in support of the Oasis Skateboard Factory (OSF), the world's only skateboard and street art design themed high school program. 

A variety of high- profile Toronto artists have partnered with OSF students to create original school-themed works of art on hand-crafted skateboards, and to celebrate the launch of Roarockit’s brand new “Lil' Rockit” skateboard kit, which Roarockit has generously donated for this event. These skateboard art collaborations will be displayed in the Art Bar at the Gladstone Hotel, a community-minded arts hub where design, art and activism intersect, from Friday April 19th through Sunday April 21st, 2013.

Students had the opportunity to teach high profile Toronto artists how to build skateboards by hand. In turn, students then got to collaborate with their artist mentor on a graphic for the board. Typically, OSF students are teenagers who have struggled to connect with high school but through our program focus on creative and entrepreneurial learning with ‘real world’ results they have seen incredible success. Local artist mentorships of students built on that success, exposing students to adult role models who work in the arts while giving them an opportunity to show off their final project in a legitimate gallery. All proceeds of the auction go towards expanding OSF’s innovative program of creative project- based learning and social enterprise. 

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Mentoring artists include:

- Fiona Smyth

- Alex Currie (aka Runt)

- John Mariott

- Zanette Singh

- MonsterMeans Mark Byk

- Jimmy Chiale

- Christina Zeidler 

- Laura Wills

- ROCK

- Javid JAH

- Trevor Wheatley 

- Troy Pynn

- Lindsay Fisher

- Sue Cohen 

- Giles Monette

- SLURG

- Hamish from Picnicskate

- Zen Rankin

- Champstiles Woodburning

Opening reception and silent auction Friday, April 19 7:00-9:00pm 

Exhibit runs April 19-21

Week Long Build Sessions

Roarockit offers full-week building programs, designed for you to build your own dream board with one of our experienced instructors! 

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There will be 5 seperate sessions held in our Professional Deck Making School, located at 880 Millwood Road in Toronto, over the next year.  

The Session Dates:

March Break - 2013

Monday March 11 to Friday March 15

9:00 am - 11:30 am (12.5 hours total)

July Summer Camp 1 - 2013

Monday July 8 to Friday July 12

9:00 am - 11:30 am (12.5 hours total)

July Summer Camp 2 - 2013

Monday July 29 to Friday August 2

9:00 am - 11:30 am (12.5 hours total)

August Summer Camp - 2013

Monday August 19 to Friday August 23

9:00 am - 11:30 am (12.5 hours total)

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Choose to make a skate deck, pintail, top-mount speedboard, our new Lil' Rockit or a more advanced drop deck. With an experienced instructor to show you the steps and share all the builder’s tricks and tips, you will produce a seriously awesome board the very first time, and will be able to continue making boards with your new-found knowledge.

Using the best wood in the world for a skateboard (Canadian maple), you’ll learn how to laminate a 3 dimensional board in a Thin Air Press, finish it, design and apply your own graphics. Using Roarockit’s patented method, your quality board will be entirely hand-made, using the power of vacuum, no power tools required.

As there is drying time between many of the steps, skateboard building requires multiple sessions to complete the stages. Sessions are planned so that all the steps are completed by the end of the 5 day program, so attendance at all 5 days is required. Space is limited, so submit your application early to ensure your spot!

What’s included:

The materials and use of our tools to create a custom board. During the 5 sessions, you will prep sheets of Canadian maple, glue up and press them in a Thin Air Press, over a mold. You sand and finish the edges top and bottom, clear coat and apply your own graphics to finish up your board.

What’s not included:

Wheels and trucks, hardware or grip tape

Feel free to contact us for more information:

Phone 1-416-422-5487

Email - marcel@roarockit.com

Swap Meet SPECIALS!

The Roarockit Skateboard Company is again hosting this years Annual Swap Meet. Not only does the Swap Meet mark the unofficial launch of the new skate season, but it also the time when local board builders start planning for the Summer ahead.  We will be offering some great deals for this special day, and as always FREE BBQ!! 

The theme of this years special is "Become a Pro Builder Today!"

What we are offering is a chance to walk away with EVERYthing you need to start building your own custom skate/longboard decks, including a few brand new products we are very proud of - such as our brand new High Density Foam and the innovative Rockit Ruler!

You can get great deals on almost all of our every day products, including Titebond III glue, 1/16" maple veneers and 20"x70" TAP bags - but most exciting is the fact that you can walk away with ALL of these products for the low package price of $225!! That's over $40 in savings.

The total package includes:

1-   20"x70" TAP Kit (our most popular vacuum bag)

18- Sheets of 12"x48" maple veneer (enough for two, 9 layer decks)

1-   2" Slab of High Density Foam (used to make your own custom mold)

1-   Gallon bottle of Titebond III glue (best glue for building boards)

1- Rockit Ruler (used for marking centerline and aligning truck holes)

Items will also be available individually, but this is a ONE DAY ONLY promotion.

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We look forward to seeing everyone out again this year, and hopefully a few new faces as well!

The Swap Meet will be located at Roarockit's Teaching Facility located at 880 Millwood Rd. Toronto ON M4G 1X1 on Sunday March 25th from 12pm-4pm

March Break - Drop Deck Class

Roarockit Skateboard Company in partnership w/ Longboard Living are proud to present our brand new March Break Drop Deck Build!!

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We have developed the FIRST EVER, clampless and precut - 1" drop deck build! 

Over the course of 5 days you will be taken through the step-by-step process of laying out, pressing and decorating your very own Drop Deck Longboard. This special class will first take place during the Ontario school semesters March Break, and is limited to 10 students aged 10-16.  

Not only will you walk away with your own hand-built and custom decorated 1" Drop Deck. But you will also receive all the hardware needed to setup your new ride (including wheels, trucks, bearings, grip and hardware), a helmet, t-shirt and a celebratory pizza lunch on the last day!!  

The cost of the course is $439 + hst, and will take place at Roarockit's Professional Board Building School located @

880 Millwood Rd. Toronto, ON - M4G 1X1

It will run from:

Monday, March 12 - Thursday, March 15 from 9:00am - 11:30am

with the final class taking place:

Friday, March 16th from 9am-5pm

But wait, there's MORE!

You will also receive a lesson on how to setup your new board, and tips on riding a drop deck from a Longboard Living representative.

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We are extremely excited to offer this brand new class, and it is sure to be a great time!  If you are interested in signing up you can download our Sign Up Sheet located at the link below.  Fill it out and either email or fax it back to us to reserve your spot.  

Entry is based on a First Come (and PAID) First Served basis.

March Break 1" Drop Deck Build - Sign Up Sheet HERE

EMAIL Forms - chris@roarockit.com

FAX Forms - 416 422 1172

Feel free to phone or email us with any questions regarding the classes

1-416-422-5487

Toll Free 1-888-857-7790