Thursday, May 15, 2008
This last week I found myself on Thrashers west coast skate rock tour. I met up with all the boys in Sacto to skate for the day and ended up following them all the way to Seattle. Not my plan from the get go but ended up being the best thing I could have done.
For the most part I was following the SHED van.
Schmitty jumped in with me for awhile. This is pretty much what it was like. Me driving and Schmitty texting.
After Sacto, I met up with the tour in RENO. Then it was off to Red Bluff, CA to skate and READING, CA for the bands to play a show. (check these links... They're gnarly). Then we headed to Medford, OR for a demo we didn't do and a show that didn't happen (Medford sucked).
After the Medford show got called off the SHED guys set up a last minute show in a backyard in Talent, OR (only 3 miles from Medford). Best SHED set of the tour.
With back up drums by Hewitt.
After the Cops shut down the SHED show in Talent we took it up to Portland were I found a build your own Bloody Mary bar at the Sandy Hut. Pretty sick.
Then it was off to Seattle.
Grindline the Band featuring Jimmy Moore and Mark Hubbard. Two of the gnarliest dudes on the planet.
"TURN THE FUCKING MIC UP!!!"
This is about as close to downtown Seattle as I got.
For being two dudes that weren't even invited on the trip, by the last day Sammy Baca and myself ended up with our own hotel room and were off the floor and in beds. Way to come up Sammy!
Then... it was off to the West Seattle Bowls.
The Butter Bowl.
After most of the crew flew out I drove back to Portland solo and went straight to Burnside.
Then met up with Childress and Kanights and went over to the private Nike skate park.
For my last day on the road I went to a new park just outside of Portland called Tigard.
Complete with T Rex.
The drive home was a long one but I had a few cds to keep me company. It took me 9 hours from Portland to SF on only 2 tanks of gas.
Repair this file...
My last stop before home was in Weed, CA. where apparently some dude buys Mushrooms.
Friday, May 2, 2008
Awhile back Wiley visited SF and me and Billy met up with him and went shralping.
Billy with a stationary front rock. Sick, Sick.
Big W with a ollie nose stall on the new "Tra & A" QP.
Me doing... a smith grind? I think.
Then a quick stop at the dog park for a front board contest on an unwaxed rounded ledge. It was between Bill and Wiley. I think Wiley stock it first but Bill came in with the land only a try or two after big man.
Then... STRAIGHT TO POPS.
Wiley's saying, "can you believe that we were ripping all day and Danny didn't skate with us?" (a little butt hurt)
Then, later Danny set the record straight by giving us a SHOCKA. We all know the Shocka is the international sign for: after I finish all this college crap I'm going to be ripping harder then ever.
I believe it too.