skate journal: solo early broomfield then safeway (aug 20, 2017)

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

Wanted to hang with the kids so I went to Broomfield park before they woke up. Now that may sound really early, but actually I left around 9am and they were still sleeping. Teenagers. There was already someone there going for a #bftriple when I got there. It was hot again. I felt better than the day before and credit ibuprofen for that. I had taken my bigger setup with me too. 8.38 with Venture wides. The trucks felt loose and kind of awesome. I didn’t do my normal flow for warm up because I didn’t want to get in the way. But things worked. I have completely lost back 50s so one goal was to get a back 50 on the blue box without cheating and going over the corner. I got a couple. Well technically they were grinds, but more like stalls that grinded a little. Oh well one trick off the list for the day. The next was fakie 50 which took fewer tries. Couldn’t get a fakie nosegrind. Had some crooks on the black ledge, front 50s. Boneless over the tiny bar is always fun. I tried a line of kickflip on the hump (kind of a frontside flip, but not really), front 180 into the mellow bank then halfcab noseslide on the black ledge. Never quite got the halfcab noseslide. The park got more crowded, I wanted some shade so I left to Safeway ledge.

I was sore, but was hyped on shade and grinding a real ledge. i got a few back 50s early that felt great. I had a goal of 10 tricks without the silly no-ollie noseslides. I got front 50, front 5-0, back 50, a lame-but-new back 50 front 180 out where I turned off the front truck, a halfcab noseslide that felt good, what I thought was a front smith, but clearly is not. Got into front crooks for the first time in awhile, came close to fakie 50 (the close wall weirds me out). I didn’t try much for flip tricks. Went home to hang with the fam around noon.

(setup 8.3 null machine deck, venture 5.8 trucks, venom 91a bushings, no bottom washer, bones stf 52mm narrow wheels, 3 washers on the outside of each axle, nbnumeric 212 sand, spenco 3/4 thinsoles and FP 5mm insoles)

skate journal: marathon at broomfield park (aug 19, 2017)

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

My little #bftriple @crisis_skateboards @null_skateboards : @jackspanbauer

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Shoutout to all the curbs. @gnarlycarleigh #bftriple

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Met Dave at Broomfield park a lot later than I said I would. I was very sore from skating flat and then swimming the night before. So it took me awhile to get going. Rob showed about the time that Dave started trying the line above. It didn’t take Dave long to get it. Jake showed around then too. It was getting hot fast. Rob’s legs weren’t up to par and he wisely bounced. I wish I was able to listen to my body like that, but instead I stubbornly battled soreness and heat, but did have fun. The ollie onto the blue box then boardslide down the parking block was fun. Dave did it down the box he boardslide it up. Jake warmed up quickly with a 3 trick line of manual to boardslide, every try blunt to fakie on the quartapotty then fakie back tail on the blue box. During that time I was trying a dream line of kickflip out of the bank, kickflip to fakie on the hump, halfcab flip into the bank. I didn’t get far, only landed a couple of the first kickflips. I was bumming on how unstable my setup felt. Darn high trucks. They just don’t feel right on an 8.25. Dave had some action going on in the corner involving the steep bank, but I didn’t see. We played a game of SKATE that Jake won. He gets me letters on treflip every time now. Argh. I did have a few tricks that felt alright. Then we got some food and came back to see Jack and Carleigh ripping. There were a bunch of others too working on their #bftriple lines and it was a blast to watch. It got me hyped. But I was really sore and it was super hot out.

(setup 8.25 null jack spanbauer deck, venture 5.2 v-hollow high trucks, venom 88a bushings, spitfire 101a 51mm F4 wheels, 3 washers on the inside of each axle, nbnumeric 212 sand, spenco 3/4 thinsoles and FP 5mm insoles)

skate journal: flatground friday with dave (aug 18, 2017)

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

poser of the month

Got out of work pretty early and went to the Dog Park. It was hot. I had about 20-30 minutes before Dave showed and believe it or not, skating was working. I don’t remember my first warm up run, but I got to a point quickly where I was trying halfcab flip, heelflip, kickflip, nollie treflip. I never got the nollie treflip, but I did land a nollie 3 shove on accident. Ha ha. Also got some bad f/s halfcab flips, struggled with fakie flips. Didn’t really try treflips. Dave had a cab, front shoves (we both struggled with), a bunch of fakie shoves as his warm up, bigspins galore, tried a lot of different tricks. Then we kind of hung in the painted area and did slow attempts at harder tricks for us. I tried varial heel for awhile and got really close. They were flipping nice. Dave was trying treflips and getting close then varial heels and got close and then treflips again and got close. He had a line I can’t remember now. Started with kickflip and had a back big in it. He tried on my board for a bit and got super close to a treflip. One of these days it’ll happen Dave!

(setup 8.25 null jack spanbauer deck, venture 5.2 v-hollow high trucks, venom 88a bushings, spitfire 101a 51mm F4 wheels, 3 washers on the inside of each axle, nbnumeric 212 sand, spenco 3/4 thinsoles and FP 5mm insoles)

skate journal: flatground depression that gets a little better (aug 17, 2017)

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

Been feeling really down because my legs feel terrible. I was too scared to go anywhere so I went in front of the house and gave up after two painful ollies and shoves. I sat inside for awhile pouting and chatting with a couple people. Dave told me I couldn’t quit and somehow it was motivation to try again. I was wearing some old toddler shoes I had purchased awhile ago and felt like trying (NB# 212 with rubber toe caps). I went straight to posing kickflips and they didn’t hurt too bad. So I kept at it and got a few kickflips which felt good. I probably skated for about 30 minutes. Only got a couple tricks (fakie flip, halfcab flip, half cabs, fakie shoves), but more importantly I felt both mentally and physically better.

(setup 8.25 null jack spanbauer deck, venture 5.2 v-hollow high trucks, venom 88a bushings, spitfire 101a 51mm F4 wheels, 3 washers on the inside of each axle, nbnumeric 212 sand, spenco 3/4 thinsoles and FP 5mm insoles)

skate journal: post pj hype can’t make my knees work (aug 14, 2017)

Posted in setup change, Skate Journal on August 15th, 2017 by corpo

Ah yes, the highly anticipated NB video Tricolor with the PJ part came out. It was good. I was pretty hyped and wanted to start ledge training. I went to the research ledge. I was pretty tired and out of it even though I was trying to feel hyped. I had put smaller axle’s back on. 8″ highs. They felt great. I landed my first 15 kickflips or so. Actually got first try heelflip too, was 5/5 on halfcab flips, got a few f/s halfcab flips. I had started with lines. Ollie up the curb, nollie on flat, noseslide. Shove on flat, ollie up the curb, noseslide to fakie. Then halfcab flip on flat, ollie up the curb, back 50. Got the worst back 50 ever. Tried f/s halfcab flip on flat, front 180 up the curb, halfcab noseslide on the ledge. Got into a few, but never got the hc noseslide. I need to learn to put the board a little in front of me. I had done a front board pop out, front noseslide first try, but couldn’t do another front nose at all. Argh. I told myself I was gonna stick with my old rule of having to land a back 50 and a 360 flip before doing a crook, but I never got a 360 flip and my knees started hurting. Tried a couple crooks, but the knees were just too sore so I went home feeling defeated. At least I had the first hour feeling pretty good. And hell yeah PJ!

(setup 8.25 null jack spanbauer deck, venture 5.2 v-hollow high trucks, venom 88a bushings, spitfire 101a 51mm F4 wheels, 3 washers on the inside of each axle, nbnumeric PJ 533v2 black/white/gold 11.5, spenco 3/4 thinsoles and stock insoles)

skate journal: solo little new denver park in the heat (aug 13, 2017)

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

La Alma-Lincoln skatepark Denver

Made a run to Emage and they suggested I check out this little park. It was sunny and hot out, no one was there except a couple kids on bikes briefly. The little ledge is pretty good, but on more of a hill than it looks. Easy backside, hard frontside for me. The quarterpipes are a little weird too. I couldn’t really figure out the flow, but I didn’t skate them too much. I skated slow and had very little confidence and shortly the pain took over. Ugh. Tricks I got, noseslide fakie, front board, back board, front 50, intentional front 5-0, switch noseslides, halfcab noseslide. One crooks was fun as I was trying to go to fakie, but ended up doing a shifty out. Couldn’t manual it. Left not feeling very happy.

(setup 8.25 null jack spanbauer deck, venture 5.8 trucks, venom 88a bushings, spitfire 101a 51mm F4 wheels, 3 washers on the outside of each axle, nbnumeric PJ 533v2 black/white/gold 11.5, spenco 3/4 thinsoles and stock insoles)

skate journal: broomfield again with rob and fuzz (aug 12, 2017)

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

After a morning of working on my mom’s garage then driving down from Buena Vista I eventually went to Broomfield park to meet Fuzz and Rob. It was dry in Boulder, but really wet in Broomfield. Apparently it had just hailed. I got to the park and one dude was skating through the puddles like it was nothing. I avoided the wet area below and just skated flat and the little hump which was dry. My body was feeling okay. I tried kickflip, nollie to fakie, switch front shove. Never got the switch front shove. Then I started to think about a line I would want to do for the #bftriple contest. So I mostly started doing halfcab flips and no comply shoves. I got a few then noticed the bottom area had dried up enough to skate. Oh yeah, I had put Venture wides on because I absolutely hated those Thunders. I can’t say I was 100% hyped on them because they are so big, but I can say they felt infinitely better than the Thunders. I started trying my line. Ollie up the blue bank, no comply front shove to fakie, halfcab flip on flat, no comply flip on the parking block. I got close a few times. Rob and Fuzz finally showed and unfortunately so did the loud weirdo beginner that was there last time. It took me down for a bit and I could not longer do no comply front shoves it seemed. As Rob and Fuzz were cruising the park I did manage to get the line. The halfcab flip was terrible, but oh well. So Rob started filming .. and filming .. and filming as I flailed around. I got to a point when halfcab flips stopped working (I should say I was hyped on how many I did though – they were feeling good) so I switched to the Brandow (switch front nose). 100 tries later I gave up and settled for the one above. Thanks so much for filming Rob! I went on to film Fuzz after that. He got a line 2nd try, but then improved it to what you see above. It was good seeing him work for it. Rob had some nice front noseslides, front 50s, front tail, halfcab noseslide, crooks, nose manual the blue bank. Yeah, shredding. After Fuzz got his line we called it. Kind of bummed I didn’t really other than trying that line, but hyped to get something for it.

(setup 8.25 null jack spanbauer deck, venture 5.8 trucks, venom 88a bushings, spitfire 101a 51mm F4 wheels, 3 washers on the outside of each axle, nbnumeric PJ 533v2 black/white/gold 11.5, pinnacle powerstep orthotic insoles (which wasn’t enough as my plantar fasciitis pain came roaring back))

skate journal: broomfield park with rob, eric, fuzz (aug 10, 2017)

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

Sweating to the oldies #bftriple

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It was raining in Boulder when Rob texted about a Broomfield session. I was in disbelief it was dry, but I knew Rob did his research so I went. Rob and Eric were already ripping. Eric was getting into lipslides on the sad ledge and Rob was getting into nosegrinds on the blue ledge. I might not remember this exactly, but Eric went something like this. “I got a 5th try crooks on the ledge (actually he got two of them), boardslide down the little rail, heelflips, front tail”. Ha. He was ripping. Rob was too, front tail nose, front 50, front tail the black ledge, crooks. I was in pain. Trying to warm up failed. I had some slappy crooks, maybe a no comply flip. I was hating the Thunder trucks. Rob asked me to film this line for the #bftriple contest. It didn’t take him long, but I had locked up by the time he got it. Fuzz had showed, but I was super bummed on how much pain I was in and my setup. So I went home. Oh yeah, there was this really loud and annoying dude there that basically ruined the park for awhile. Rob and I couldn’t tell what drugs he was on, but whatever it was he should stop. He’s excited to learn how to skate and that’s cool, but man yelling non-stop is annoying.

(setup 8.25 null jack spanbauer deck, thunder 148 raw trucks, stock bushings, spitfire 101a 51mm F4 wheels, nbnumeric PJ 533v2 black/white/gold 11.5, spenco 3/4 thinsoles with stock insoles)

skate journal: sauls with saul and eric then a quick research ledge crook (aug 9, 2017)

Posted in New Trucks, setup change, Skate Journal on August 10th, 2017 by corpo

I’ve been wanting 8.25″ trucks for a long time. I keep switching between 8 and 8.5 inch trucks. Found out it will be awhile longer before Venture releases 8.25s so I got some Thunders. I’m not a huge Thunder fan anymore, but they skate somewhat similar to Venture as compared to Indy. So I went to Saul’s with new trucks knowing it would be a struggle. Especially with the pain I was in. The first few runs were good though, the trucks turn tighter than Ventures. Carve grinds felt good. Eventually I would start to flail like someone should with new trucks and I started to get sore so I mostly slacked. Saul was ripping some carve grinds, back 50s in spots he didn’t use to stand up on, front slashes on the bricks, getting in to front 50s. Eric had some fire since it’s been a long time since he’s skated and was doing some really good back 50s and front slashes, but couldn’t quite get the back tail. Doh.

Then I went to research for a brief one. I was so sore. Did a few noseslides. Couldn’t switch front nose. Tried a line for awhile of ollie up the curb, little cali grind then crook. Got a couple crook bonks before getting a decent crook and went home. The Thunders felt really good ollieing up the curb so I’ll keep them for another day at least.

(setup 8.25 null jack spanbauer deck, thunder 148 raw trucks, stock bushings, spitfire 101a 51mm F4 wheels, nbnumeric PJ 533v2 black/white/gold 11.5, spenco 3/4 thinsoles with stock insoles)

skate journal: garage flatground (aug 7, 2017)

Posted in Skate Journal on August 10th, 2017 by corpo

It was raining hard and I was feeling kind of lazy, but not so lazy to avoid skating. I went into the garage. Did a few manual warm ups then went into flip trick mode. The goal in the garage is to try tricks I can’t normally do because I have to go so slow. But instead I tried basic ones and got stuck on them. Kickflip and fakie flip were quick. Heelflip took forever. B/s flip and f/s flip weren’t too bad, but the ones I “landed” were terrible. Varial flip took too long, Tried fakie tre for awhile and got remotely close. Hucked nollie back heel for awhile, not close at all. Went in sore and wondering why I made flip tricks so much harder with the wide trucks (hint hint you know a change is coming).

(setup 8.25 null jack spanbauer deck, venture 5.8 trucks, venom 90a bushings, spitfire 101a 51mm F4 wheels, 3 washers on the outside of each axle, nbnumeric PJ 533v2 black/white/gold 11.5, spenco 3/4 thinsoles with stock insoles)