skate journal: the most depressing session of my life (feb 15, 2017)

Posted in New Deck, Skate Journal on February 16th, 2017 by corpo

Went to Northglenn after a Crisis with a rad crew. Jake and Dave. We arrived to a crowded park with lots of Denver heads. Mike Marks was there absolutely destroying with some other Reed wheels rippers. Andrew and the No Love dudes were there. Stefan was there destroying the bowl. I thought I would be feeling better, but as soon as I set my board down I knew it was bad. Even after two days my knee pain was intense. I couldn’t squat, I had no confidence at all. Dave was ripping all over the park through the crowds on every obstacle. It made me so jealous. I wanted to be motivated, but my pain prevented me from trying. Jake was hanging with Stefan. Derek Yale showed up! It ruled to see him. He was doing his same fakie manuals for awhile and then just flowing so easily all over the park. After awhile I just sat down and gave up. I was so incredibly depressed. If I had drove I would have left and maybe even left my board at the park. Dave was killing the little bank. Back tail, back tail fakie, crooks to fakie, maybe switch front crook? Jake almost got noseblunt on it. Near the end of the night we skated the bowl. I just carved and bailed axle stall. Jake and Dave padded up and got gnar. They both did frontside airs in the deep. Jake had front smith. Dave almost did some pretty big backside airs. Every time I bailed the run out hurt beyond belief. I decided I’m not going to skate again until I get some things figured out. I supposed I deserve this after skating basically 700 days in a row. Ugh. But nothing is worse then skating this bad.

(setup 8.25 null future board, venture 5.8 wides, 3 washers outside each axle, Venom 88a bushings, 52mm stf v5 wheels, bronson bearings, Emerica Reynolds Vulcs b/w 10.5 NB+ insoles)

skate journal: game of SKATE then red hawk with dave (feb 12, 2017)

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

Feeling incredibly sore Jake came over later in the afternoon and we played a game of SKATE in front of my house. I had put some thinner insoles in because the Nike ones were just too much. I ended up skating terribly though, not committing to much of anything. Jake had a nice 3 flip early in the game that got me a letter. As well as basically any trick he landed. I ended up losing on a varial flip. A varial flip! Argh. Then I went to Red Hawk to meet Dave. I was so sore. I stretched for awhile and it seemed to help. Both Dave and I really struggled to warm up. It’s nice skating with other “older” people sometimes. We ollied up the stairs sideways as a warm up. That was a really good way to get things flowing. I rolled off the stage a few times too to try and jolt the legs into warming up. Tried a line for awhile of ollie onto the downhill rock then back 180 off, switch noseslide, switch boardslide. The switch noseslide only made me feel dumb. Going the other way I wanted to do a line of crooks, then ollie onto a rock then a nollie tre. Never got the ollie onto the rock. Doing crooks felt good and there was a period where I felt decent physically. I failed at front and back 50s though. Ridiculous. Had some good feeling switch front noseslides and some embarrassing slams. Dave ended up skating pretty well. Nothing new there. Front 50, front 50 back 180, almost front 50 back big out, back 50, noseslide and his new back 180 fakie feeble 180 out. He does it so good.

(setup 8.25 null logo board, venture 5.8 wides, 3 washers outside each axle, Venom 88a bushings, 50mm spitfire F4 99a classic wheels, bronson bearings, Emerica Reynolds Vulcs b/w 10.5)

skate journal: indian peaks bank with fuzz, carleigh, dave and ollie (feb 11, 2017)

Posted in New Shoes, Skate Journal on February 14th, 2017 by corpo

Father and son. @corpoglenny & Ollie

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I guess Ollie was kind of hyped on skating after we went over to Saul’s and did a little help get the decks framed. It was cool to see it come together. I had told Ollie we would get to see concrete being poured, but that didn’t end up happening yet. I guess it seemed more appealing to push concrete around than pull up little twigs. Ha. But either way after lunch I asked if by chance he would want to skate and he surprisingly said yes. I was hyped. We met at Indian Peaks in Longmont around 3. I was back on vulcs. Some comfier Reynolds with a big Nike insole in them. This hurt my fasciitis less, but this spot is all pushing so it still hurt. Carleigh did a first ever nollie shove on a bank before I could do either of my normal bank warm up tricks (no comply bigspin and kickflip). I was struggling. Dave had tried a frontside halfcab, but did some weird revert that was so sick. Then Ollie did a f/s halfcab first try to show him up. Ha. Ollie would go on to do quite a few tricks. Halfcabs both ways, fakie shoves, cannonball to fakie, some little ollies, He played some hoops at times, sat in the playground, did some stuff, but he skated quite a bit too and said he had a really good time. Carleigh basically learned and did bean plants every try. The first one had a few hesitations and was hilarious. That trick is seriously hard to jump back into. Fuzz had did his gonz cab to warm up, did the fakie shove revert (again ha), fakie wallride and put down a few fakie varial heels! So sick. I did no comply front shove to fakie and no comply fingerflip to fakie, but couldn’t get no comply 360 shove to fakie. Tried cab flips for a bit, but didn’t get close. Dave landed like 100 tricks. Wallie, wallride, front shove, switch front shove, kickflips, bean plants, 360s, and a million more I can’t remember. We ended it as Carleigh tried fakie flips and I tried treflips to fakie. I never got too close. Carleigh though, she stomped it and we called it a day.

(setup 8.25 null logo board, venture 5.8 wides, 3 washers outside each axle, Venom 88a bushings, 50mm spitfire F4 99a classic wheels, bronson bearings, Emerica Reynolds Vulcs b/w 10.5 nike lunarlon insoles)

skate journal: bikepath spot with dave and matt then a wind tunnel (feb 10, 2017)

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

Had the day off work. Made sure the kids were occupied and met Dave and Matt at the bikepath ledge/hip spot. Because of knee pain I tried wearing some cupsoles (NB 598), but that ended up just making me worse. Way more sore. Dave and I were there before Matt. I had hoped to at least do a back 50 before Matt, but I didn’t. I was going soooo slow. It was quite depressing. I did manage a tiny backside flip over the “hip” second try at least. Dave was doing good switch noseslides, front shoves over the hip, back 50s or 5-0s up the ledge and solid front 50s. Matt showed up. Dave and I had joked how he had once chance to do a ten foot long back 50. Well it didn’t happen. He would get some, but it took a few tries. Regardless of how rusty Matt is on a board it still indicates the ledge must be hard to skate. Matt taking a few tries was still not enough for me to get a terribly slow back 50. At least I had slappy crooks. Sometimes. Matt would go on to get some good back 50s, a few back tails, and some casual frontside tricks like 5-0 180, front tail fakie. Dave started hucking treflips over the hip. He was committing. Some were close. It was rad. I was trying rock ‘n roll 360s out, but never got it. Then rolled in fakie and did it first try. I filmed the one above a little later after Matt left. Dave unfortunately never landed a treflip. He had some rad lines of back 180 fakie feeble 180 (is this what it’s called dave?), front shove over the hip, back 5-0 or back tail or a combo of both. I hucked double backside flips over the hip (never got close) and 270 kickflips (somewhat close). Then we left to check out the weird ledge off the bank on Pearl. It was super windy at that time. I stood on my board and was quickly going fast enough to be scared. I basically decided not to skate. Dave did some cool fakie ollies and got into slappy 50s easy. That could be a cool spot if the wind wasn’t so bad.

(setup 8.25 null logo board, venture 5.8 wides, 3 washers outside each axle, Venom 88a bushings, 50mm spitfire F4 99a classic wheels, bronson bearings, NB# 598 black/white 12)

skate journal: lafayette meh (feb 8, 2017)

Posted in Skate Journal on February 9th, 2017 by corpo

On another warm night I went to Lafayette park solo right after dinner. The park wasn’t too crowded and most people there were skaters. I had felt good and energetic on the way there, but as soon as I pulled in I lost all energy. Ugh. I also slammed rolling over a little hump right away. Ugh. I should also mention with the wind we’ve been having my arthritis was bad and I was extremely sore and stiff. I probably should not have been skating, but that is why I went to a park. It’s amazing how much pain I was in at times. I didn’t do anything special. I’ve been skating parks more because I with how much pain I’ve been in lately not having to ollie for everything helps. Is it because I switched to vulcanized shoes? Maybe. But I am sure liking the board feel. I skated through the pain. I didn’t land anything to be proud of, but got close to several things I would have been hyped on like halfcab flip on the bank, front 5-0 shove on the little ledge, back d on the noping qp by the mountains, feeble fakie on the tiny qp, bean plant on the bank. I did manual the black box second try though, that was kind of surprising. Also kickflip to fakie on the bank first try. Every ollie or flipper hurt so bad.

(setup 8.25 null logo board, venture 5.8 wides, 3 washers outside each axle, Venom 88a bushings, 50mm spitfire F4 99a classic wheels, bronson bearings, Lakai Manchesters black/white 11)

skate journal: weird louisville (feb 7, 2017)

Posted in Skate Journal on February 8th, 2017 by corpo

Went to Louisville on a somewhat warm evening. I pulled in to an empty park with no lights on. As I sat in my car waiting for the lights to turn on another car pulled in. I had started my warm up process. Basically avoiding ollies for as long as possible. This dude puts his camera on the flat bar to film a back 180 nose manual on the bank to ledge. And that was all he tried for an hour. Some of the slams were horrendous. Sometimes he was close, mostly he just did back 180s up. He would eventually get it and sat watching it for a solid 10 minutes. Dude was rad. I kept it basic. Ollies hurt. Had a few lines. One was a terrible crooks on the ledge then rolled into the little snake run and bailed a front disaster. Did some basic ledge 50s for a bit. Then tried frontside halfcab flips for awhile. Took a long time to get any, but then got several in a row. Tried to line it out with back 50 on the ledge then noseslide to fakie on the bank to ledge. But my back 50s were all so bad I lost motivation. I dropped into the deep end of the bowl (scary for me) as punishment for not landing a f/s halfcab flip once. Dropped into a b/s flip on the bank. Then went for a dumb line that took way too long. Cali back 50 the far left part of the ledge, axle stall the qp by the hubba (weird qp as it goes flat for awhile), then kickflip to fakie on the bank. The kickflip to fakie took way too long. Last thing of the night was a terrible ollie over a hip followed by a little slash on the qp. It felt cool though. Oh yeah, so the other dude was trying something I have never seen before. He was standing by the big bowl. Just standing there. He said he was thinking about transferring from the snake run into the big bowl but he wanted to try parkouring it first. He had put his pads on and was trying to work the courage up to knee slide down the bowl.

(setup 8.25 null logo board, venture 5.8 wides, 3 washers outside each axle, Venom 88a bushings, 50mm spitfire F4 99a classic wheels, bronson bearings, Lakai Manchesters black/white 11)

skate journal: lafayette park with a rad crew and every scooter kid in colorado (feb 5, 2017)

Posted in setup change, Skate Journal on February 6th, 2017 by corpo

Happy Birthday @brianfrancisball ! Hope you can walk today! 😂👴🏼

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Not feeling all that great I headed to Lafayette for Brian’s birthday session. The park was the most crowded I have ever seen it ( I wasn’t there on opening day). There was an old man bowl session, a bunch of friends for Brian and then like 30 scooter kids. I blame Trump for the dumbing down of America and for kids riding scooters instead of skateboards. It’s annoying. I said whaddup to people then hit the toilet bowl with Collin and Brian. Oh yeah, I had put wider trucks on since I can no longer lie to myself that low trucks are a good idea for someone as tall as me. So starting off in the little bowl was kind of weird. But it was a good excuse for bailing back 50s. Brian and Collin were ripping. And some kid with pizza grip, hipster pants and checkered Vans was ripping too. Ha, skateboarding is awesome right now. Well, until someone turns on Offspring and we leave the area. It’s all a blur for awhile. I kind of just posed kickflips on the bank or manhole bank. After my bad luck trying kickflips to fakie yesterday with low trucks I was happy to get a second try kickflip to fakie that felt solid. Then we skated the rock for awhile. I did the lowest rockride possible and it was even lower than I had hoped. Ha. Brian had blunt and front feeble to fakie. Nolan ripped the flow bowl as did Donnie. Jack did a cool rock ride kickflip out. Then Brian started a fun little dropin while holding on session. I managed to only hold one once about half way down the 3 foot transition. Brian went for crail grab to crailslide. So sick. The slam looked so bad. After that the park pretty much cleared out as people were going to get tattoos or watch the game. I ended up staying and finally actually tried tricks. I was struggling. It was Mike, Donnie and I. We played a game of SKATE. I don’t know how, but both Mike and I beat Donnie. I think he was just being nice, but he was slamming on tricks so maybe it just wasn’t working for him. I would go on to win it with a frontside no comply 360. Then Donnie tried to ollie up the tall part of the pier 7 ledge. So gnar. He would get one. Mike had switch cali grind down the 3 stair which was nuts. I kind of noseslid the little hubba. Then I joined Donnie except I did it the easy way. Ha, it was tough for me though. I need to ollie more because I seem to be losing it. Fun day. Skating with friends is rad.

(setup 8.25 null logo board, venture 5.8 wides, 3 washers outside each axle, Venom 88a bushings, 50mm spitfire F4 99a classic wheels, bronson bearings, Lakai Manchesters black/white 11)

skate journal: broomfield park struggles in the wind (feb 4, 2017)

Posted in Skate Journal on February 6th, 2017 by corpo

Simon and Dave were shredding today! #simonlovelace @fullertrron

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Tried to get out early before the winds hit, but they started up right away. Well actually, they had calmed down a little from overnight, but they were still pretty intense. I met Jake, Dave and Simon there. Jake and I warmed up by running into the steep bank and did a few bank rides to get warmed up. Then just kind of cruised around doing some stuff. Then we hit the blue box and quartapotty area for awhile. Jake was trying back 5-0s. I wanted to do a back 50. We were lining things out. He was doing good qp tricks like front blunt. I got a basic line of noseslide on the brown ledge, hurricane the qp, then back 5-0 the blue box. Ha, I was trying 50. Took awhile. Jake would not end up getting a back 5-0. He was close, but never got one. Simon was cruising through the park casually crushing. The ollies to fakie on the steep bank were too easy. Dave was struggling early on. I did a bunch of slappy crooks. I struggled with ollies. After awhile Jake left. Simon was doing hurricanes on the flatbar, kickflips on the hump, fast 5-0s off the pier 7 ledge and learned back bonelesses on the brick qp. Dave was learning new tricks too. Bluntslide shove to fakie. So sick. He did a really good back boneless too. I spent a long time trying the most basic kickflip to fakie on the hump. It bummed me out. We all left. I went to the auto store near the Safeway ledge and saw the ledge was dry, so I did a couple back 50s and a front 50 before heading home.

(setup 8.25 null logo board, venture 5.25 AWAKE lows, 1/16″ riser, 3 washers inside each axle, Venom 90a bushings with no bottom washer, 50mm spitfire F4 99a classic wheels, bronson bearings, Lakai Manchesters black/white 11)

skate journal: more garage flatground fails (feb 3, 2017)

Posted in Skate Journal on February 6th, 2017 by corpo

On a Friday afternoon I went out into the garage feeling a little better. I did some tricks on my normal setup, then just started hucking on the putter. I got pretty close to nollie inward heel. Switch front heel felt doable too. I had hosercam running, I don’t know if the clips above are the closest attempts. Got kind of close to nollie flip, not close to switch flip or hardflip. The putter is fun in the garage. Makes more sense to skate a small board in the small space.

(setup 7.5 303 board, small Thunders, 42mm OJ wheels, Lakai Manchester shoes)

skate journal: garage manuals with ollie then some flatground (feb 2, 2017)

Posted in Skate Journal on February 6th, 2017 by corpo

On a cold, icy, snowy night I went into the garage. I did some manuals for a bit then started trying flippers. To my surprise Ollie came out and wanted to hit the ‘manual pad’ with me. He did some of the regular manuals he always does, then the random 20 tricks in one move in the clip above. I tried nose manual bigspin out even after he left for awhile. I got close, real close, but the slams made me want to move on to flippers. But I didn’t land much for slippers. Couldn’t get a treflip to save my life. That is the worst. I tried some of my 2017 flip tricks, but never got close. I went in depressed and missing Rampy.

(setup 8.25 null logo board, venture 5.25 AWAKE lows, 1/16″ riser, 3 washers inside each axle, Venom 90a bushings with no bottom washer, 50mm spitfire F4 99a classic wheels, bronson bearings, Lakai Manchesters black/white 11)