skate journal: random street spots out on valmont at night (sept 16, 2019)

Posted in New Deck, setup change, Skate Journal on September 17th, 2019 by corpo

After some physical basketball with Ollie I went out to skate well after dark. I intended to find something new, then remembered the new rock hump thing on Valmont. I parked near there and decided to warm up with some flatground or something elsewhere first. I had setup a slightly warped new 8.38 deck as it’s as close to 8.5 as I can get. It felt fine, I wore some old 212s to make things even more weird. I found a new super mellow bank. Did a couple kickturns and stuff, some side rocks. It has some potential for more stuff. I tried a ‘warm up line’ that ended up taking forever. Noseslide the low bar of a down ramp rail, kickflip on the bank, back 180 off a curb cut. The kickflip took forever. Ugh. Then I moved on and found even more new stuff. A brick ledge off a step, and a weird long 3 stair and some good flatground. I tried a line for awhile there too. Noseslide the ledge (it was brick and I didn’t wax it so they were just little jibs), ollie onto the top of the 3 and ride down, then a flatground trick. But I kept bailing the ollie onto the step. Then I did varial flip first and still bailed. Finally did it after a halfcab flip, then followed it all with a bad b/s flip. I was so beat by then, mainly the basketball earlier. I saw a fun looking tiny gap then manny pad on the way back to the car. Pretty rad as I didn’t even make it to the desired spot so I still have more exploring to do.

(setup 8.38 null dream machine deck, Venture 5.8 titanium trucks with regular stock baseplate, spitfire f4 101a 51mm classic wheels, 3 washers inside each axle, bones medium bushings, new balance numeric 212 grey size 12, nike zoom air insoles)
(pain level 4/10)

skate journal: broomfield then filmer glen (sept 15, 2019)

Posted in setup change, Skate Journal on September 17th, 2019 by corpo

On a hot morning I met up with Rob, Kevin, then Dave L and Sean. I had put my 8.75 board on because I wanted an 8.5, but have none and thought it would feel close than 8.25. It felt great for the first couple hours. I warmed up on the quartapotty/blue pad. Rob and Kevin were on the banked blue pad. It was nice cruising around the park without a bunch of beetles everywhere. Dave L was the next to show. I don’t remember much before settling in on a couple lines starting from the top. Had a fun rock ‘n roll on the steep bank, then nollie to fakie in the hump, halfcab noseslide the black ledge. Rob and Kevin joined in on line time. I took awhile to get close to a full pull. Kickflip on the hump, crook the black ledge, front 50 the black ledge, treflip out of the bank. Never got the treflip, the 50s were a pain too. Rob did some kickflips and one foots on the hump. Kevin was doing switch flips and ending with nollie tre out. Kevin had also skated the doubleset rail and did a few tricks. There was a crew of bowl dudes playing some typical skate rock that sounded pretty good. Next thing I remember was the blue pad. Kevin trying kickflip nose manual, Rob doing bigspin front noses, me trying fakie 50 switch front shove out. Sean had joined us and kickflip nose manual pretty quick. Kevin tried to say “oh yeah, you can’t do this” and tried switch flip manny and slammed. That’s quality entertainment. Dave L was hanging in the shadows for the most part, but would come out with some serious bangers. Nollie front 180 the parking block then switch manual the blue pad. Nose manual 270 on the banked brown pad. I had pretty much started hating the huge board. Then it was time to go film. Sean made a gnarly 5-0 shove look oh so casual. Jack did a couple incredibly nollie tres and destroyed himself skating so hard. Then we ended up at Jack’s spot. I didn’t really skate. Sean did a 180 nose manual at rocket speed. Pushing that fast on my filming board was scary.

(setup 8.75 null event horizon deck, Venture 5.8 titanium trucks with regular stock baseplate, spitfire f4 101a 51mm classic wheels, 3 washers insie each axle, bones medium bushings, new balance numeric 868 black/gum size 12, stock insoles)
(pain level 5/10)

skate journal: stubborns working at douglass (sept 14, 2019)

Posted in Skate Journal on September 17th, 2019 by corpo

Moving slow on a Saturday morning I went to Douglass to meet the Dave’s, Rob, Kevin and maybe more. I think I got there around the same time as Rob on a warm, but not too hot day. The Dave’s were already putting in work. Dave L was trying a line of kickflip then manual the long narrow ledge. He got it, then tried again, but with a treflip. He got that too, but I think he must be a perfectionist because he kept going at it. Didn’t really get to skate with Dave F since he was filming it all. The rest of us started our warm up process. I haven’t been there in awhile, it’s such a fun spot. I was having fun on the tiny hip in the back that I love doing nollie back bigspins over it. Some “nollie” front tails, super slow 50. Rob was getting the wallie nollies really good. Kevin was setting up a new board, then went right into a line with young kid pop legs. Nosebonk, ollie, wallie. He wanted it filmed, added a back tail and a nollie tre and did it first try. He tried to clean it up a little, but we settled for the first as it was so good. Rob and I had been trying our normal pattern of lines. Something up the curb, something on flat, some ledge action. Rob as crooking the short side of the benches, which was really sick. Also noseslide to fakie. I had started in on a 5 trick line just having fun cruising. Cali grind up the curb, heelflip, curve around to noseslide to fakie the bench, switch front 180 off the curb, nollie shove manual on the speed bump. I think I actually did this before we started filming. Once we started filming I tried it all the same, but with a 180 out of the manual. I would never get it. I tried a lot. Rob got a couple lines to work with too. Back 180, halfcab, crook, noseslide to fakie, shove/no comply shove and a backside flip. I came incredibly close to getting the line. Kevin and Dave L had taken turns filming me. I just missed the 180 out. I was struggling with heelflips too much, so rarely getting far in the line. After all this we called it a day. I thought. Kevin did a cool hippy jump. Dave L tried and did a 360 flip off the narrow ledge after curving around the corner. Pretty crazy. Fun day working hard, I wish I would have gotten the full line. Maybe some other time.

(setup 8.25 null abstract #6 deck, Venture 5.8 titanium trucks with regular stock baseplate, spitfire f4 101a 51mm classic wheels, 3 washers outside each axle, bones medium bushings, new balance numeric 913 westgates b/w, stock insoles)
(pain level 3/10)

skate journal: no confidence, awkward slams, rad crew at dog park (sept 13, 2019)

Posted in Skate Journal on September 14th, 2019 by corpo

Feeling super exhausted after working early at work I went to the dog park with a couple hours before date night. It was super nice out. I was gonna take a nap in the car until Dave showed, but when I arrived I saw Jack and a fun crew there. So I didn’t nap. I had put Ventures back on. They were super loose. People say they don’t turn, but wow, they turn incredibly sharp compared to Mini Logos. I guess Jack had just done a kick back noseblunt on the ledge:

Man he’s good! Collin, Blake, Dan, Joe. All ripping. Joe 50’d the 2nd tallest flatbar. Jack got into nollie back tail and front noseslide 270 shoves. Collin was trying nollie tres. Blake almost kickflipped the black manny pad. Then they all started trying tricks over it. I was kind of hiding as I was not feeling good on my skateboard. Not good at all. I did at least get a crook on the bench which I wasn’t able to do on mini logos. Dave showed and we just skated the little spine wedge thing. I had a really awkward wilson slam on a pop shove on flat. Then another bad slam off the side of the wedge trying a dump truck. I’m sure some of it is to blame on the truck change, but I blame most of it on exhaustion. Dave had done a rad fakie dump truck first try. Then a steezy pivoted regular dump truck transfer. I kind of did one too, but ended more in disaster. We did some nosepick 180s. I got a kickflip feeble transfer. Sounds way cooler than it was, but it felt fun. Then died on the next try as a screw holding the metal in place fell out. Argh. Dave did a pivot shove transfer. Then we left.

(setup 8.25 null abstract #6 deck, Venture 5.8 titanium trucks with regular stock baseplate, spitfire f4 101a 51mm classic wheels, 3 washers outside each axle, bones medium bushings, new balance numeric 212 grey size 12, gamechanger insoles)
(pain level 4/10)

skate journal: no energy or skills at the dog park (sept 12, 2019)

Posted in Skate Journal on September 13th, 2019 by corpo

Feeling very exhausted after work I went to the Dog Park with an hour to kill before hanging with coworkers. Gold Hill Josh was there so we chatted for awhile. Nothing worked for me skatewise. I couldn’t crook, 50, heelflip, treflip, anything. The only things I did I was happy with were noseslide to fakie, fakie 50 to fakie the low step and wallies over the littler barrier are always fun. I’m over the mini logos.

(setup 8.25 null abstract #6 deck, Mini Logo 8.38 trucks, spitfire f4 101a 51mm classic wheels, 2 washers inside each axle, buttom 88a doh doh and stock top mini logo bushings, new balance numeric 913 Westgates b/w, stock insoles)
(pain level 5/10)

skate journal: rainy night flatground in the garage (sept 11, 2019)

Posted in Skate Journal on September 13th, 2019 by corpo

On a rainy night I went into the garage for the first time in a long time. Cleaned it up some then tried to skate. I had some old 379s with gamechangers in them and started on the putter. Nothing was working. Eventually I was back in the Westgates and on my regular setup and things felt better. Once the flippers started I had some fun. I was listening to Fluung on the boom box. I got another one of those ‘barely a make’ varial heels, first try heel, b/s flips, couldn’t treflip and ended with a fun feeling fakie 3 shove.

(setup 8.25 null abstract #6 deck, Mini Logo 8.38 trucks, spitfire f4 101a 51mm classic wheels, 2 washers inside each axle, buttom 88a doh doh and stock top mini logo bushings, new balance numeric 913 Westgates b/w, stock insoles)
(pain level 3/10)

skate journal: broomfield park with a fun crew and millions of little beetles (sept 10 , 2019)

Posted in Skate Journal on September 13th, 2019 by corpo

On a beautiful night I arrived at Broomfield park by 7pm.¬† Carleigh and Kevin were there.¬† Carleigh was in the very early stages of warming up.¬† Kevin said he was too, but he had already done nollie flip and switch flip.¬† So he wanted to play a game of SKATE.¬† It was decided he would do everything switch versus regular for me.¬† That included nollie vs fakie.¬† It was fun.¬† It started with a Kevin switch flip and Carleigh and I both had to double or nothing kickflips.¬† Carleigh ended up getting like 3 letters on pop shove.¬† Ha.¬† We offered¬†quadruple or nothing.¬† It was pretty funny.¬† Carleigh got out after heelflip, halfcab flip and something else.¬† All of which looked like she was very close to.¬† Kevin and I’s game went on for a long time.¬† Dave, Sean, Jack had shown.¬† I managed defensive bs and fs flips which indeed means Kevin did them switch.¬† He also did jansoski flip, switch tre, nollie tre, dude was shredding.¬† I missed fakie tre, got a sloppy tre, couldn’t get a fakie bigflip, got a letter on fakie heel and it was over with f/s halfcab flip.¬† When Jack showed he did a no comply flip followed by a wallie noseslide down the brown ledge that turned some heads. Kevin, Sean, Jack were mostly hitting the black ledge. I saw Jack get a cab nosegrind. Kevin got stuck on kick back tail, but got a great nollie flip into the bank. Sean’s back nosegrind 180 then front nosegrind 180 were so smooth. He may have also gotten back nosegrind nollie back big out. He was trying it at least. I moved into the beginner/old guy section with Darin and Dave. We were trying lines with flat, quartapotty and the blue pad. Jack was there too, but doing crooks transfers into the brown ledge. We got some lines. I tried to start with treflip, but kept not riding away. I was happy to get a line of fakie flip, fakie stall to fakie, fakie nosegrind. That’s a lot of fakie. Darin was skipping the first trick, but had tricks like front blunt and back tail on the qp every try. Dave had pop shoves, kickflips, fakie varial flips to start. Back tails, learned front feebles on the qp. Was trying nollie back tails on the pad and eventually got one. He had done some good nose manuals too. I got a lot of heelflips, it felt great. At least 10 of them. One cruddy nollie back tail. Tried a bunch of fs halfcab noseslides. Even got a couple! It felt really cool! The worst part of the night was all the stupid beetles. Especially by the qp, it was seriously grossing me out. As I left Dave was trying switch deck check to manual on the escalator ledge. I bet he got it. I skated pretty terribly all night. I was frustrated, but had to remind myself that I haven’t been able to skate much recently and was still having hamstring issues. Also, the pivot cup on my front truck had blown out and I had my first bit of annoyance with the mini logos. Oh, and I missed several crooks which added to that frustration.

(setup 8.25 null abstract #6 deck, Mini Logo 8.38 trucks, spitfire f4 101a 51mm classic wheels, 2 washers inside each axle, buttom 88a doh doh and stock top mini logo bushings, new balance numeric 913 Westgates b/w, stock insoles)
(pain level 4/10)

skate journal: louisville street spots with jack and carleigh (sept 8, 2019)

Posted in Skate Journal on September 8th, 2019 by corpo

Feeling even better on a nice Sunday I headed out to hit the metal curb spot in Louisville. But when I drove by there was a handful of scooter kids so I went right on by. I ended up at this school Neil and I skated a few times. It wasn’t as great looking as a I remember, but still cool. And a good place for me to loosen up the legs and start trying tricks again. Which is what I did for quite awhile before Jack and Carleigh showed. Stall trick on the bottom step, flatground trick, trick on the weird narrow bank. First line was front tail stall, kicklfip, side rock. Next was back pivot, heelflip, ollie to fakie. The term “ollie to fakie” might not actually represent the tiny no pop hop to fakie I did. Next was front axle on the 2nd step, backside flip, fakie tail stall. I was hyped to get on the 2nd step. Jack and Carleigh showed as I got another line or was doing it better. Front tail to fakie, halfcab flip, a weird side front tail flop off. Jack went right to the stairs. After a kickflip he did the nollie tre pretty quick. Carleigh did some bean plants down the 3. I felt the peer pressure and skated the stairs too. Well, I lined out something to the stairs. Pop shove, wallie nollie, ollie. Carleigh did a bunch of no complies down the stairs. Jack had broken his board on a nollie flip then setup a new one and got one pretty quick down the 3. Then we all skated the narrow bank for a bit. I tried front tail to front rock for a bit then gave up sore. I had landed on a couple varial heels, but with the hands down. Carleigh got the axle stall. It’s way harder than it looks. Jack had tried several tricks. Kinda close to back noseblunt, treflip to fakie. He got pivot fakie, a pivot ollie back in thing.

We left for another spot. I forgot to take a photo. But it was basically a 6-7 stair with a wood ramp extending out of it. Carleigh didn’t really skate it. I did some weird frontside ollie where my nose kinda noseslid the rail. Then I filmed Jack 5-0 transfer it which is as gnarly as it sounds. Then I attempted to shake off the sore legs and did a little boneless tail bonk transfer. It felt cool. Jack filmed it great too. Fun day. Glad we got out in the streets.

(setup 8.25 null abstract #6 deck, Mini Logo 8.38 trucks, spitfire f4 101a 51mm classic wheels, 2 washers inside each axle, stock mini logo bushings, new balance numeric 913 Westgates b/w, stock insoles)
(pain level 5/10)

skate journal: curbs with everyone! (sept 7, 2019)

Posted in Skate Journal on September 8th, 2019 by corpo

On a warm and sunny Saturday I went over to the curb feeling slightly better with the plan of meeting almost every older skater I know. It was awesome. I probably wont even remember everyone that skated, but it was Jake, Saul, Rob, Dave, Simon, Dave L, Sean, Kevin, Fuzz and me. So sick! At first I didn’t think I’d be able to skate much, but it did loosen up. Over a few hours I didn’t really do anything much. I had a couple kickflips which made me happy and several slappies. Jake was the first to leave so he gets first dibs in the journal. Slappy bluntslides, slappy crooks, 360 flip. Saul with the long slappies, consistent front slappies, front slappy around the hook. Sean was next to go. He had some ripping kickflips into and out of the banks. Some long front tails, relearned halfcab 50s. In fact he did it in a line. Halfcab 50, kickflip up the curb to quick wallie a rock gap. Rob was a little stiff from tons of hiking. Still saw him rip the back 50 no comply shove out, slappy crooks, kickflips, beanplants, something new I’m forgetting right now. Man it ruled seeing Simon skate again. He rips. Such a natural. Real long slappies, switch slappy, slappy crooks, switch slappy crook, fast kickflips and 180s, bluntslide to 50. Kevin was sore from a couple weeks off the board too. He had still done some solid flippers, back 50s, halfcab 50 back 180, back tail into the bank. He had a rad line with a silly pole grab to grind then manual to wallie the rock gap. He was also the first to notice my silly trucks which I had hoped no one would notice. I was hyped when Fuzz somewhat gave me props on having the courage to try them. FYI two days in still liking them. Speaking of Fuzz, he also rips. Took him a bit to get that line he’s tried a bunch, but man it was good when he did it. Ollie into the curb cut, front 180 out, fakie nosegrind 180 out. Also some killer slappy noseslides, switch ones, nollie tails, powerful style. Fuller was the last one to arrive to the session he organized. Ha. Darn football traffic. He killed it though. Slappy switch crook shove, halfcab back 50 back 180 out, slappy crooks shove, slappies, sex changes, switch ollies and switch back 180s into the curb cut, ride on back 50 to back tail. Dave L has the best slappy of anyone I’ve seen. He does them to 5-0 and almost got a shove out too. Did a nice front tail 270 shove, casual manuals. Super fun session even though I didn’t really skate.

(setup 8.25 null abstract #6 deck, Mini Logo 8.38 trucks, spitfire f4 101a 51mm classic wheels, 2 washers inside each axle, stock mini logo bushings, new balance numeric 913 Westgates b/w, stock insoles)
(pain level 7/10)

skate journal: short curbs after a week off (sept 6, 2019)

Posted in New Trucks, setup change, Skate Journal on September 7th, 2019 by corpo

Last Monday I didn’t skate because I was so sick of the heat. I did however play basketball with Ollie. I felt fine after, but woke up later in the night with an intense pain below my left butt cheek. I think I strained the hamstring. Ugh. Anyway, it still hurts. I skated, but I basically just did a few slappies and several slappy crooks. Saul said he was feeling arthritic, but he looked good. He was hitting the slappies front and back. Alley oop slappy, layback. We didn’t last long. I had bought a set of Mini Logo trucks to try. Yes, Powell Mini Logo trucks. This is because I really love Venture lows, but I wanted a wider truck. These are the same height as Venture lows, but wider (8.38). They felt great. They have a very small wheelbase, even less than Indy. They turn good. They just look pretty bad. Oh well, I had told myself awhile ago I should try them after reading some glowing reviews on the slap truck thread.

(setup 8.25 null abstract #6 deck, Mini Logo 8.38 trucks, spitfire f4 101a 51mm classic wheels, 2 washers inside each axle, stock mini logo bushings, new balance numeric 913 Westgates b/w, stock insoles)
(pain level 9/10)