skate journal: campus fun and struggles with dave and rob (july 19, 2017)

Posted in Skate Journal on July 20th, 2017 by corpo

It was 97 during the day. When I got off work rain was threatening and the temperature was nice. I went to dog park, but didn’t feel like only flat. Then I went to research. Wasn’t really into that either and it had started sprinkling. Finally got a hold of Dave and we decided to meet at the Engineering building. In the 3 minute drive there the rain had cleared up. But we decided to skate there for awhile anyway as it was a good meet up spot for Rob. I started slow, stayed slow, but had fun. I love the variety of this spot. Took a bit, but had a warm up run of nose”slide” to fakie, switch 180 into the second “bank”, kickflip on flat, then back 180 up the little wedge curb. Dave showed. We did stationary kickflips. It was funny. Just a couple 40 somethings doing stationary kickflips. We kind of settled in on lines. I was trying slappy crooks then b/s flip into the second “bank”. Got really close. Dave was trying noseslides, then going uphill for crooks to fakie, then back down for slappy crook on the tall ledge. He came close. It was sick. Rob had shown and left right away telling us to meet him at the slappy ledge when we’re ready. I did a back 50 on the 3 stair then slammed the next 3 and we went to meet up with Rob. The weather was warm, but not raining. Pretty much perfect.

We left to try and find this new waxed curb, but got distracted by some big sets of stairs. Ha. Oh yeah, my hardware was loose on both trucks, my pivot cup and kingpin were loose on my front truck. Every crack I hit caused my trucks to squirl out. It was annoying, I tried not to let it effect me, but since I struggled to ollie up 2 stairs I’m going to use it as an excuse. Anyways. Dave got things going pretty quick with a sick narrow manual next to the handicap rail, ollied the 4, ollied the 3 then front 180’d into the wood construction ramp. So rad. I seriously could not get up the 2. It was so annoying. I would eventually do it, failed at the 4 stair after. Then did ollie up and back 180 off. It was really fun. Rob did no comply up the 2 then beanplant off. Then a stubborns hammer line of back 180 up and no comply shove off. Bolts. We looked for the curb after, but I had to go so I left those dudes. Skating downhill back I was nervous my front hanger would fall off. Luckily it never did. Then I had a fun night hanging with the neighbors.

(setup 8.25″ null rabethica deck, venture 5.2 AWAKE lows, venom 90a bushings, 1/16″ riser, old spitfire 101a 50mm F4 wheels, 3 washers on the inside of each axle, nbnumeric 254 cream/gum size 12 with spenco 3/4 thinsole and footprints 5mm kingfoam insoles)

skate journal: fun at saul’s then some real brief pain (july 17, 2017)

Posted in Skate Journal on July 18th, 2017 by corpo

Went to Saul’s after a quick meal. Will and Saul were already there. Nick would show up later. It was a really fun session. My bailed axle stall count was pretty low for me. I had a lot of carve grinds, some regular grinds, got into front smiths and often ran out of speed. Ha. I did get multiple walls in a row of grinds/stalls though. Saul had some good backside grinds then started trying “anything but another backside grind”. Ha. He had a couple really good front slashes, looked close to front smith. Will was ripping as usual. Switch frontside carve grind. Wow. It was funny though, because he struggled with a regular rock ‘n roll. When he got it, he did it great, but it’s just funny seeing someone that good have trouble with a rock ‘n roll. Skateboarding rules like that. Nick had the rocks, toyed with boardslides in the deep. I had to bail to get boards to Meta. After Meta I stopped by the rainbow ledge not feeling great. I tried a few tricks and bailed a front 50 and so much pain shot through my left heel that I quit and went home. Argh. Then Ollie and I went to Boulder creek and got cold. It was nice.

(setup 8.25″ null rabethica deck, venture 5.2 AWAKE lows, venom 90a bushings, 1/16″ riser, old spitfire 101a 50mm F4 wheels, 3 washers on the inside of each axle, nbnumeric 254 cream/gum size 12 with old remind chico cush insoles)

skate journal: bank to curb/stairs in longmont with stubborns (july 15, 2017)

Posted in Skate Journal on July 16th, 2017 by corpo

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Late start for the Stubborns. We met around 1pm at this spot in Longmont. Jake, Dave and I showed first. Then Jack and Carleigh and then Fuzz and Kevin. Early on I thought I was going to have a great day. I was feeling good. Started off with some fun noseslides to fakie, boardslides, switch noseslides and my flip tricks were feeling good. It didn’t really get past that though other than I landed on a couple of treflips making for several days in a row which felt neat. Jake struggled too. This spot is infinitely harder than it looks. Ride through a big crack and then pop immediately. Dave will say he struggled, but man he put down so many tricks. boardslide 270 on the curb. On the stairs front 50, back 50, front 50, front 50 back 180, front 50 to front board pop out, boneless over it, front nosegrind. Good stuff. Jack didn’t land every trick so it was a good indication it was a hard spot. He would get front noseblunt, front noseblunt to front lipslide pop out (wow!), b/s flip over the stairs, and a bunch of other “basics” I couldn’t get close to doing. Kevin kills ledges. He did a lot too. Front/back 5-0s, tails, almost kick back tail and switch nosegrind. Fuzz got front 50 pretty quick then struggled with some other moves. He did get a noseslide though which was way sick. Carleigh and I struggled with back 50s the whole time. Except she actually figured it out and landed a bunch of them all steezy and even went on to then manual down the bank. So good. We went to another spot where Kevin, Jack and Dave skated. The rest of us shot photos or filmed. It was cool. Jack and Dave got some bangers.

I had a fun day with the crew. Having Hosercam be the filmer is awesome. My setup didn’t bother me at all, but man, my feet had started hurting. Ugh. Plantar Fasciitis sucks.

(setup 8.25″ null rabethica deck, venture 5.2 AWAKE lows, venom 90a bushings, 1/16″ riser, old spitfire 101a 50mm F4 wheels, 3 washers on the inside of each axle, nbnumeric 254 cream/gum size 12 with spenco 3/4 thinsoles and thin adidas insoles)

skate journal: flatground friday with dave (july 14, 2017)

Posted in Skate Journal on July 16th, 2017 by corpo

Met Dave at the Dog Park after work. He was already ripping when I got there. Shoves, kickflips, fakie bigs, etc. I felt better than yesterday and the warm up process wasn’t too bad. We tried a couple of three trick lines for awhile. The first was nollie back 180, fakie shove then switch front shove. We both started pretty bad bailing multiple fakie shoves. Dave came through first and got a good switch front shove. I eventually got it, but the switch front shove was terrible. I would like to work on that trick. Next three trick line was kickflip, nollie front big then fakie flip. Dave picked a bad time to struggle with kickflips. I came close, but kept messing up the fakie flip. My nollie bigs were basically just nollie shoves with a very late 180. I eventually started beginning of the line with heelflips and Dave did too. I got a few. Then we played with 360 flips for awhile and other tricks. I got a really sketchy hand down 3 flip and then a less sketchy hand down version. Dave was pretty close for awhile. Then he started doing backside bigspins. He struggled a bit, but ended up getting some good ones. Dave had to leave. I tried nollie flips for awhile which felt doable, but I ended up feeling tired and wanting to head home. I had changed insoles a couple of times. I started with the spenco/fp 5mm, but that is so thick. Then some Remind which felt really good, but maybe a little too small. Then Spenco/thin Adidas. It doesn’t seem like any of them are perfect. All help my knees, but I don’t think I will ever get rid of my Plantar Fasciitis. Argh.

(setup 8.25″ null rabethica deck, venture 5.2 AWAKE lows, venom 90a bushings, 1/16″ riser, old spitfire 101a 50mm F4 wheels, 3 washers on the inside of each axle, nbnumeric 254 cream/gum size 12 with various insoles)

skate journal: flatground with dave that went decent then saul’s (july 13, 2017)

Posted in Skate Journal on July 14th, 2017 by corpo

Was super tired at work all day, but decided to skate after work regardless. I got to Dog Park first and took quite awhile to get the legs going. Dave showed when I had gotten to kickflip, no comply 180 and then fakie flip. Dave started the warm up process too. He chose to do like 20 fakie shove it’s in a row. It looked pretty funny. I started skating decent for me, actually landing a couple tricks in a row sometimes. Halfcab flip, fakie bigflip, heelflip even got a treflip (one hand down) within a few tries. I still didn’t have much confidence and skated incredibly slow, but it felt like progress. Oh yeah, they painted parted of it for some reason. It’s a littler slicker which is nice, but reflects more sun making it brighter. Dave had a lot of kickflips, shoves, fakie bigs, kind of cab big and finished off with varial flip and fakie varial flip. He also did a ton of backside bigspins. So sick. I took a long time to get a fakie varial flip, couldn’t get nollie var flip, but was close. It was hot out, I was sweating like crazy.

Then we went to Saul’s for a shortish session. I didn’t skate too well, perhaps the tiny wheels and low trucks are actually a disadvantage. I did manage my little grind the shallow corner than front rock line. Although each time it seems like my front rock gets worse. Also got a front disaster, got into front axle stall but didn’t try to land it, rolled in first try again, got a front axle on the noping qp then ride on grind/transfer into the bowl. It was fun. Saul had some good 50s, the carve grind magic as always, close to the cali grind transfer, laughed at Dave and I for skating flat, almost slappy’d the parking block we moved, rolled in casual on the easy part. Dave is sizing up an even longer boardslide. At least it looks like it wont be super easy for him. He killed it in the casual way he usually does. The Texas Plant to slam looked pretty painful though. Fun day and it as tough as it was starting out right after work it was nice having the rest of the evening to chill.

(setup 8.25″ null rabethica deck, venture 5.2 AWAKE lows, venom 90a bushings, 1/16″ riser, old spitfire 101a 50mm F4 wheels, 3 washers on the inside of each axle, nbnumeric 254 cream/gum size 12 with spenco 3/4 thinsoles and Footprint 5mm kingfoam insoles)

skate journal: pre pj hype at research center (july 12, 2017)

Posted in setup change, Skate Journal on July 13th, 2017 by corpo

Found out earlier in the day it was official that PJ would be having a part in the new NB video. It hyped me up. I’m not really sure why PJ footage gets me so hyped, I mean I can’t do 1/10 of the stuff he does. But something about how he does his tricks is so magical. So I went to the research ledge after putting low trucks on again (ha) feeling hyped. It was raining at my house so I was surprised I was able to skate outside. I started with noseslides, then started into lines pretty quickly. Just a basic flipper on the street, ollie up the curb, then a ledge trick. I got most of my basics pretty quickly, including a couple terrible back 50s. I slammed really hard overshooting a front 50. I haven’t done that in awhile. I got a 3 flip on flat going up the hill right away which hyped me up. No hands down! Got halfcab flip, fakie flip and fakie bigflip to start lines down the hill. Heelflip and almost fakie heelflip up the hill. Got a couple good feeling halfcab noseslides, but then I saw what they look like. Ha. You know they are bad when I’m too embarrassed to put them on my youtube channel that no one watches. I finished up with another crooks and a switch front nose. Both felt great. Then I just kind of got tired so I decided to not push it and went home.

(setup 8.25″ null rabethica deck, venture 5.2 AWAKE lows, 1/16″ riser, venom 90a bushings, old spitfire 101a 50mm F4 wheels, 3 washers on the inside of each axle, nbnumeric 254 cream/gum size 12 with spenco 3/4 thinsoles and Footprint 5mm kingfoam insoles)

skate journal: saul’s with a rad crew (july 11, 2017)

Posted in New Deck, Skate Journal on July 13th, 2017 by corpo

Biked over to Saul’s after work, dinner and a nice nap. Rob and Saul were already skating, Nolan and Matt showed shortly after me followed by Jack and Carleigh. Rob struggled with front slashes initially, but then almost every one of them after that. This was the last session with Nolan before he moves to Portland. Such a bummer. He is so fun to watch and skate with. Him and Jack were getting crazy with the ride in grinds. Nolan did crooks and 5-0. Jack did like 10 tricks. Disasters, 5-0, sugarcanes, etc. Saul had some stand up 50s, the ultra quick carve grinds, fast frontside carves. I skated decent, got my line of grind the little corner then a front rock. Tried the double carve grind like Saul does in the deep end and mostly failed. At least I didn’t bail any roll ins. Matt took a long time to get a back 50, but then showed me up with a first try double grind. Nolan 360 flipped over the hip, did a bunch of huge FSAs and a million other tricks. Jack had some really scary front 5-0s, some amazing bigspin pivots and got close to kickflip front pivot. Carleigh was doing the the best back 50s in the deep, got front disaster on the bricks and almost back d. Fun session. Rad peeps.

(setup 8.25″ null rabethica deck, venture 5.2 highs, venom 88a bushings, bones stf v3 52mm, 3 washers on the inside of each axle, nbnumeric 254 cream/gum size 12 with spenco 3/4 thinsoles and Footprint 5mm kingfoam insoles)

skate journal: flatground in front of the house (july 10, 2017)

Posted in Skate Journal on July 13th, 2017 by corpo

After driving down from the mountains and some chilling at home I went out to the street not expecting a whole lot. The first few ollies were once again painful and terrible. But things started flowing. I took awhile to get halfcab flip, fakie bigflip. Got the worst b/s flip ever done. Got a heeflip or two, some other slow tricks. Then mostly tried treflips for awhile. I got like 5 with the hands down, but not a clean one. Either way it felt great to be trying 360 flips and actually be committing rather than just bailing them. Flatground makes me so happy.

(setup 8.25″ null spanbauer deck, venture 5.2 highs, venom 88a bushings, bones stf v3 52mm, 3 washers on the inside of each axle, nbnumeric 254 cream/gum size 12 with spenco 3/4 thinsoles and Footprint 5mm kingfoam insoles)

skate journal: flatground in buena vista (july 9, 2017)

Posted in Skate Journal on July 13th, 2017 by corpo

Had a couple hours in the afternoon while visiting my Mom’s to skate. I went towards the BV skatepark, but saw the scooter kids and striders and decided to just skate flat. I mean I had kind of planned on it anyway since I mostly hate that park, but the scooters were the nail in the coffin. After a terrible day the day before I decided to try vulcs with spenco insoles again. I had some extra Lakai insoles in the car so I rocked the thickness. It ended up feeling great. I skated slow, but gained some confidence. I did a few lines with the basic flippers and got to the point where I was trying lines of heelflip then treflip. Got a few heelflips and one hands down treflip. It was awesome. I also tried lines where I ollied a little water bottle, do a 180 then try fakie tricks. I probably ollied that little water bottle 50 times. It felt cool. I still don’t really like how high trucks feel with 14″ wheelbase though. Anyways, fun session. Was hyped to land a treflip even though it was hands down.

(setup 8.25″ null spanbauer deck, venture 5.2 highs, venom 88a bushings, bones stf v3 52mm, 3 washers on the inside of each axle, nbnumeric 254 cream/gum size 12 with spenco full length thinsoles and Lakai insoles)

skate journal: not skating well at gunnison park with ollie (july 8, 2017)

Posted in Skate Journal on July 12th, 2017 by corpo

After a nice sleep at my mom’s in Buena Vista I drove to Gunnison with Ollie. We arrived at a park with more scooter kids than skaters. Ugh, this is getting so old. They were annoying too. “Can you do tricks?” I tried warming up over the hips. My setup and shoes and everything felt weird. Ollies felt really weird. I technically landed a b/s flip over the hip first try, if I was 80 maybe it would have counted. Then it just got worse for me. Bailing front disasters on the little qq, not landing kickflips, not really trying. Ollie was doing halfcab manuals and halfcab manuals on the little table top. He also did a bunch of 180 combos. Front 180 up, front halfcab back in, etc. It was cool. He did cannon balls over the big lump. He was having fun. And yes that is a scooters kids spiky helmet at the bottom of the photo of Ollie. He took a break after awhile and I decided to stop too. Then we went off to Crested Butte to not find a camping spot.

(setup 8.25″ null spanbauer deck, venture 5.2 highs, venom 88a bushings, bones stf v3 52mm, 3 washers on the inside of each axle, nbnumeric pj 533 black/gum/hyperfeel size 12 with spenco full length thinsoles)