skate journal: early brief urgent sessions between calls for work (may 24, 2020)

Posted in Skate Journal on May 25th, 2020 by corpo

Up early on a Sunday after working 12+ hours on Saturday. It was cloudy and rain was threatening, some of my favorite weather for skating. As I pulled into dog park I got called for work. I yelled a few obscenities then sat there for a bit debating driving right home or getting a quick cruise in. Luckily for my mental well being I decided to skate for a few minutes. Which turned into about 30 minutes, but it was all fine when I got to work. Those 30 minutes were good though. I skated with an urgency and anger I don’t normally have. I quickly ollied over the wallie barrier and would be 3/3 on clean ollies over it. Also tricks that normally take me a few tries came quick. Jake had shown up. I had a couple lines that really hyped me up. Fakie nosegrind cinder block ledge (2nd try), switch front nose new black box, halfcab flip. I would also finally back 50 up/down the a-frame ledge. Got it in a line, back 50 up/down, crooks the tall part of the two level ledge, kickflip over the mini parking block (first kickflip of the day), back 5-0 the low pad. Dave showed right when I left. I would find out my work wasn’t immediately pressing so I went back. As I was cruising around to do warm up boardslides I got called again. This time it was urgent so I just tried noseslide 270 shove on the tall part of the black two level ledge until I got one. It was sloppy, but that’s all I had time for. Dave, Eric and Jake were there, man I wish I could have kept skating with them. I didn’t really notice what others were doing since I was in such a rage and rush to get out of there. Argh.

(setup 8.5 nolan null deck, ultra grip, venture 5.8 custom hollow cast baseplate titanium hangers, 52mm spitfire green/yellow swirl classic 99a F4, new balance numeric 255 b/w size 12, thin rubbery adidas insole)
(pain level 1/10 no pain at all once i got going, just a little at the start of the 2nd session)

Franky wins this week

Posted in Best video part of the week on May 22nd, 2020 by corpo

Franky rules, Wade rules, this is awesome.

skate journal: early dog park before work that didn’t bum me out (may 22, 2020)

Posted in Skate Journal on May 22nd, 2020 by corpo

Woke up early while working the late shift giving me some time to catch the morning sun. There was already a dude there doing slappies. He looked like a young Saul without the tattoos. Warming up went alright. the A-frame ledge and two-step ledge were back. Things were arranged differently, part of the fun of this park. Had a fun warm up run of crooks the metal butter ledge, frontside slappy then ollie the mini cinder block ledge. I wanted to do some tricks on the newish little black ledge that has eluded me for awhile. I got front 50, front 50 180, front 50 shove and the Joe Hamilton which felt even cooler than I remembered that trick feeling. Also got switch noseslide 270 shove. Was trying all those at the start of a line with halfcab noseslide or crook on a cinder block next, ollie the wallie barrier, back 50 the low pad, nosegrind 180 the mini cinder block. The key there is the ollie over the wallie barrier. I did it a bunch of time, clean too! I was happy about that. I tried a couple ollies off the wedge onto the picnic table, but wasn’t really feeling it. I didn’t put a lot of effort into flatground. In the end I posed some of my harder tricks. Halfcab crook (not close), kickflip 50 (never committed) and noseslide 270 shove (I mean I guess it was remotely close). After that I was beat and called it a day.

(setup 8.5 nolan null deck, ultra grip, venture 5.8 custom hollow cast baseplate titanium hangers, 52mm spitfire green/yellow swirl classic 99a F4, new balance numeric 255 b/w size 12, thin rubbery adidas insole)
(pain level 3/10)

skate journal: quick curbs then some flatground (may 21, 2020)

Posted in Skate Journal on May 22nd, 2020 by corpo

After another way-to-busy day of work I went across the street. I did slappies for about 10 minutes then went and skated flat on the side of the house. Josh had challenged me to varial heel and I wanted to try it. I tried it going uphill and other tricks going downhill. I got a downhill line of no comply 180, halfcab flip, backside flip which made me happy. I got kinda close to varial heel. Committed so several, but didn’t get both feet on. Also tried some faster kickflips (which wasn’t fast because I have been slacking) followed by treflip which I didn’t get. Then I was too tired and went home.

(setup 8.5 nolan null deck, ultra grip, venture 5.8 custom hollow cast baseplate titanium hangers, 52mm spitfire green/yellow swirl classic 99a F4, new balance numeric 255 b/w size 12, thin rubbery adidas insole)
(pain level 3/10)

skate journal: campus with street saul and jake (may 20, 2020)

Posted in Skate Journal on May 22nd, 2020 by corpo

On a windy night I met Jake and Saul at the meetup curb.  We cruised it for a bit.  Saul was able to slappy the square part.  Jake and I got the little manual bonks.  I managed to do a rare front 180 nose manual 180 out aka the twirlybird.  I was hyped on that.  Then we were off to Baker ledge.  The wind was pretty bad at times.  I want to blame it for how badly I skated, but clearly there was more.  I had some okay manuals and nose manuals, got a 2nd try front 50 then couldn’t ever do it again.  That bummed me out so much.  Street Saul was trying manuals and slappies on the low part of the ledge.  Jake was rifling off tricks.  Front 50, front tail, front tail fakie, crooks, noseslide shove, crooks shove, front 5-0 and eventually frontside halfcab noseslide.  He had some manuals too, some good no comply 180s off the manny pad and a fakie back tail.  I kinda gave up and just tried a line over and over of nose manual then noseslide 270 shove (the hard way) and got kinda close.  We left.  I was very bummed on how I skated.  

(setup 8.5 nolan null deck, ultra grip, venture 5.8 custom hollow cast baseplate titanium hangers, 52mm spitfire green/yellow swirl classic 99a F4, new balance numeric 255 b/w size 12, thin rubbery adidas insole)
(pain level 3/10)

skate journal: solo campus fun on a couple ledges (may 19, 2020)

Posted in Skate Journal on May 22nd, 2020 by corpo

After a busy day of work I went to campus not too long before sunset on a warm night.  I only did two slappy crooks at the warm up curb then quickly headed off to baker ledge which was totally car and skater free.  Perfect.  I skated pretty good for me.  Was landing tricks somewhat frequently.  Almost had a line of manual, back 50, nollie tre.  Also tried nose manual, noseslide to fakie, rick flip which was close too.  I had a couple front 50s that worked and made me happy.  Crooks, halfcab noseslide, switch noseslides.  Got a few halfcab flips followed by front 50 then maybe a nose manual.  I was very close to several nollie tres and rick flips.  Then I went to the little yellow ledge and took too long to do a back 50.  Hucked some varial heels that felt close. Also got into some nosegrinds, but the wind picked up fierce and I left.

(setup 8.5 nolan null deck, ultra grip, venture 5.8 custom hollow cast baseplate titanium hangers, 52mm spitfire green/yellow swirl classic 99a F4, new balance numeric 255 b/w size 12, thin rubbery adidas insole)
(pain level 2/10)

skate journal: warm dog park before work (may 18, 2020)

Posted in New Deck, setup change, Skate Journal on May 18th, 2020 by corpo

On a cloudy warm morning I went to the dog park before work. I work lates again and am still having to wear glasses so the cloudy skies would help. I had changed my setup yet again, 8.5 this time. I feel like I should just accept it’s the ideal size for me. Anyway, warming didn’t feel great, I struggled with a lot of things, but ollies felt decent. I had a warm up line of front 5-0 the min cinder block, front 50 the low pad, boardslide the wallie barrier, then kickflip. Except the kickflip took for freaking ever! I couldn’t believe how bad they felt. Next warm up line was front shove on flat, crooks cinder block ledge, kickflip on flat, back 50 the low pad, front 180 the mini cinder block. This took way too long as well. My crooks were terrible, front shoves were terrible, kickflips were terrible. It took a few tries to get a back 50, but I ended up getting them decent. I changed the line to pop shove, back 50, front 180. The front 180 did not come easy, but at least I did back 5-0 before that to make it feel cool. Then for the super depressing part of the session, front 50s on the cinder block. I thought I’d just do it then front nosegrind 180 the mini cinder block after, but no, the front 50 felt terrible. It wasn’t that I couldn’t do it, it was that my mind didn’t want to. I got a few, posed some flips tricks and was about to leave super depressed. Instead I made myself huck a couple dream tricks for a few minutes. I tried halfcab noseslide 270 shoves on the cinder block ledge (not even remotely close) and switch crooks on the metal butter ledge. I got kinda into a couple of those so at least that felt cool. I left somehow not in a terrible mood.

(setup 8.5 nolan null deck, ultra grip, venture 5.8 custom hollow cast baseplate titanium hangers, 52mm spitfire green/yellow swirl classic 99a F4, new balance numeric 255 b/w size 12, thin rubbery adidas insole)
(pain level 3/10 some knee pain wanting to come through)

skate journal: dog park with nullers and some banks (may 17, 2020)

Posted in Skate Journal on May 18th, 2020 by corpo

Met up with Nullers at dog park on a bright morning and with my glasses on had a lot of trouble seeing. Add on how awkward my 8.75 setup felt and I pretty much did nothing. Literally not a single thing to take away from the session for me other than I hated my 8.75. Eric was there doing some ripping. Riley almost got noseblunt bigspin. He shouldn’t have given up! Sean took awhile to get nollie back nosegrind 180, but man it was good when he did. Hayden learned front shove back nosegrind. Jack showed and we left. We hit Coot Lake ditch. I did a tiny scratch grind and posed kickflips before filming. Donnie, Sean, Jack and Riley all got a trick or two. They had some gnarly falls too. That bank is really rough. Then we had a brief run at the ol’ Schwinn warehouse with the yellow ledge and kicker. It was funny because we rolled up on a dude skating with his girlfriend filming him. There was a little kicker setup to the ledge and he was front 50’ing like a champ and later 5-0s. He was cool. I basically posed a couple flippers, but was too sore and unmotivated to really care. Riley had a nice 5-0, Hayden a cool pole jam, Jack a crazy wallride and front nose 270 shove. Then I had to bounce to sell some boards.

(setup 8.75 null perception deck, venture 6.1 trucks, 54mm classic full 99a F4 lance green wheels, new balance numeric 255 b/w size 12, thin adidas rubbery insoles)
(pain level 3/10)

skate journal: mellow bank fun and struggles with dave (may 16, 2020)

Posted in setup change, Skate Journal on May 18th, 2020 by corpo

After such a busy week of work I lounged in the morning. Add in a stye in my eye forcing me to wear contacts and I was pretty unmotivated. I had just about left to do a solo campus in the afternoon when Dave hit me up and we agreed on the mellow gunbarrel bank. We arrived at the same time, for some reason I was on my 8.75 setup. The board didn’t feel that huge, but the 54mm classic fulls felt huge. Pretty quickly we piled up the crate and tire for the added fun. Nothing came easy for me and I had a pretty bad slam right away trying to wallie over a little tire wedge. I had done a kickflip to fakie, front tail, front pivot on before trying kick back axle for like 30 minutes. It was so frustrating. In that time Dave did like 20 tricks like pivot shove fakie, both shove nose bashes, back tail on the tire and many more. I ended up giving up on the kickflip axle, did a no comply to tail, front smith and then took way too long to do front tail revert. Part of the issue was really old grip tape. Dave did a switch pivot! The insanity. Then pop shove noseslide, manual in, quick footed tire ride. He was ripping. I did the basic kickflips and added a f/s quarter cab flip on my last try before Dave had to leave. He ended on fakie flip. BOLTS! Can’t believe we skated there for so long, but that’s part of why I really enjoy skating with Dave. We just skate and feed off each other trying new things. It’s fun.

After that I went to a nearby ledge spot that looked pretty fun. I was beat, and frustrated to take like 20 tries to do a front 50. Then I went home.

(setup 8.75 null perception deck, venture 6.1 trucks, 54mm classic full 99a F4 lance green wheels, new balance numeric 255 b/w size 12, thin adidas rubbery insoles)
(pain level 3/10)

skate journal: brief slappies after a busy day at work (may 15, 2020)

Posted in Skate Journal on May 17th, 2020 by corpo

After one of the busiest days at work I’ve ever had I went across the street and did about 10 minutes worth of slappies. Felt kinda nice, but man I was still so sore from a run the day before.