skate journal: random pump track skatepark and bank flippers (dec 9, 20170

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

Pump it

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#worldsfunnestminiramp #thestubborns @_f_u_z_z

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Running a little slow due to a fun night at the Reed Wheels video premiere I met Rob and Fuzz at Crisis. It was one of those days with a million texts and somehow ended up being a small crew. On the way to the spot Fuzz remembered this random skatepark so we hit it. It’s weird. Two quarterpipes separated by 80 feet of pump bumps. There is also a pyramid/flatbar thing. It was super fun to pump, but if you took too much speed into the quarterpipe it was hard to avoid shooting past the coping. We were pretty hyped and giddy on it for a bit, but it did lose it’s appeal a little. All 3 of us got kickflips out of the bump. Fuzz and I got boardslides down the little rail. Rob was doing steezy frontside grinds on the qp. I had a fun line avoiding the pumps. Kickflip off the bump, front disaster the qp, boardslide the little down rail. I tried to treflip the kicker too, but failed. Did get a terrible b/s flip off it first try though. Riley joined us after awhile. With a smoke in his hand he did a perfect 5-0 to fakie that was so neat to see. He had some other moves, posed an ollie from bump to bump, and did the pump run fakie. Fuzz and I hadn’t thought of that so we had to try it too. It was really scary. I only did it once and the last hump almost took me out. Fuzz had this ridiculously awesome halfcab kickturn over one where his front foot drifted off his board and he survived it. Whew.

@siouxer666 pole dancing 🕺🏻

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Then we went to the intended spot. This bank that goes from incredibly mellow to not so mellow. We told Riley no flip tricks for 10 minutes as we warmed up. Fuzz took a few tries to get the Gonz cab ollie, but when he did it was really good. Then he went off. Kickflip to fakie, fakie flip, fakie heelflip, halfcab heelflip, frontside halfcab heelfip, b/s flip, bigflip, dang! Once Riley was allowed to do flip tricks he did them all. Literally it would be easier to list the ones he didn’t do then all the ones he landed. He pops his trick high and it looks good (except the treflip ha ha). He took the most time with switch varial flip, but he put that down too. Then he did the pole dancing. The ollies over the pole were so sick, somehow he said back 180 was easier, but it appears he didn’t quite go over it. Hee hee. My legs were sore, maybe from so much pumping at the skatepark before. So everything was hard for me. Starting with front shove to fakie which took a really long time. I got a few tricks. Kickflip to fakie, b/s flip, frontside tic-tac flip, fakie flip, fakie varial flip, varial flip to fakie, no comply shove to fakie. Rob had some rad beanplants into the bank, tried b/s heelflips for awhile, did some of his patented b/s one foots, b/s flip and was the last one skating. He did cab bigspin. Whoa! Aka the Joe Hamilton. After that we me the FTC crew at the hip spot Fuzz recently brought back to life. Hayden put down an impossible and we all hung out as the temperature dropped. It was a cool day.

(setup 8.25″ null atomic cowboy, venture 5.25 awake lows, 50mm bones stf v1, 3 washers on the inside of each axle, venom 91a bushings, new balance numeric 345 black size 11, custom orthotic insole)

skate journal: hectic but awesome flatground friday (dec 8, 2017)

Posted in Favorite, Skate Journal on December 10th, 2017 by corpo

On a very nice Friday afternoon I met Rob and Dave at the dog park. We got there at 4pm and the sun was already setting. Argh. It made for a hectic warmup. I was hyped to see Rob going in on varial heels right away. Dave was trying treflips right away too. I was trying my normal warmup routine and it was kind of a battle. I got really mad when I missed my few halfcab flips, but once I got a couple I went on to have a really good flatground day for me. Kickflip, fakie flip, heelflip, b/s flip, varial flip, fakie varial flip, fakie bigflip, halfcab flips both ways, 360 flip. Near the end I added a couple rare ones. Frontside halfcab heelflip and fakie treflip. Both felt incredibly awesome. I couldn’t get nollie varial flip or nollie treflip, but oh well. Rob was on fire for awhile doing lines with halfcab flip, b/s flip, heelflip, back 360. He came super close to 360 flip and had a pretty good slam on a back bigspin attempt. Dave looked good on his putter (7.75). He did varial flip and fakie varial flip pretty quick, popped his kickflips, came incredibly close to treflip and did his first ever frontside halfcab flip. It was cool to see, he was super hyped. This was one of my favorite flatground sessions in a long time. The fakie 360 flip felt so good. I’m so happy my legs have been mostly working lately and I can get past my basics.

(setup 8.25″ null atomic cowboy, venture 5.25 awake lows, 50mm bones stf v1, 3 washers on the inside of each axle, venom 91a bushings, new balance numeric 345 black size 11, custom orthotic insole)

Last week was insane for videos. Picking a winner isn’t easy

Posted in Best video part of the week on December 8th, 2017 by corpo

But I’ll go with Brad Cromer.

skate journal: short curb session across the street (dec 7, 2017)

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

After unloading 30 boxes of boards I chilled for a bit then went across the street. Got the first couple slappy crooks. Did a few 50s each way. Hucked a few random tricks once or twice. Couldn’t get a fakie front 50, but did get a fakie front tail stall. The lights shut off so I went home.

(setup 8.25″ null atomic cowboy, venture 5.25 awake lows, 50mm bones stf v1, 3 washers on the inside of each axle, venom 91a bushings, new balance numeric 345 black size 11, custom orthotic insole)

skate journal: freezing cold flatground fun with dave (dec 6, 2017)

Posted in Skate Journal on December 7th, 2017 by corpo

I thought I would opt out of skating for the first time in awhile, but next thing I know I’m meeting Dave in the frigid cold to skate flat. When I first to got gray/windy/cold skies I wanted to turn around. Dave was already there though. The wind made the low 30 degree temp feel like it was in the teens. We both started incredibly slow. Fakie/nollie shoves, switch ollies, manuals, no complies, etc. It was kind of a surreal session. I skated slower and more conservative than normal because I didn’t have gloves and I really didn’t want to smack my hand on the cold ground. It was fun though because I was trying lots of random tricks like Creepy Spins and frontside cabs. Then went in on switch varial flips for awhile, couldn’t halfcab flip so did fakie bigflips instead, almost got a nollie bigflip, didn’t try treflips really. Dave was on his putter. He had some good kickflips, shoves and laid in heavy on treflips. Didn’t get as close as he has in the past, but some had a lot of potential. He also hucked some switch flips and had a nice back bigspin to end it.

(setup 8.25″ null atomic cowboy, venture 5.25 awake lows, 50mm bones stf v1, 3 washers on the inside of each axle, venom 91a bushings, new balance numeric 345 black size 11, custom orthotic insole)

skate journal: solo campus ledges (dec 5, 2017)

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

On a pretty cool night I was feeling lazy then remembered the little yellow ledge on campus and it got me out of the house. I parked at the meet up lot, did a few slappy crooks then pushed to the yellow ledge (okay, basically curb height but it’s square with angle iron). I had switched to low trucks. Normally when I first switch to lows there is a bit of a hesitancy wondering if I should really be doing it. This time it was solid gold and they felt great. I got front and back 50s second try. The back 50 was cool because it normally takes me awhile to work up the courage to go over the top like that. I didn’t really land much after that though. Got a couple switch crook pivots, one where I almost grinded some. I mostly hucked front nosegrinds which I kind of landed once with a little wheel bonk on the way out. Hucked halfcab crooks, switch front crooks too. But things took a change for the better when I thought of back nosegrind, remembered the angle I used to take at the Vans park and out of nowhere committed to a few. It felt so cool. I think the lows give me a bit more confidence being closer to the board. Anyways, I never landed the back nosegrind, but I did grind a few of them. I wasn’t really expecting to land them yet since you have to pop out there and I’m no Wenning. I did a couple flippers, but not many. Got a first try b/s flip, all kickflips felt good and landed on a treflip or two.

Then I went to the tall ledge. I was pretty tired at this point, but managed a couple noseslides quickly to get me hyped. Got a hands down 360 flip, halfcab flip that felt good. I was really surprised to get a first try ollie onto the ledge (it was super sketchy though). Especially surprised because I couldn’t do it on an 8.5 setup recently, but now with smaller stuff it seemed easier. Hmm. I had a fun run of switch ollie a little crack gap then an absolutely terrible and fun halfcab noseslide. I’m pretty sure the board was basically upright instead of posted up, but it made me happy regardless. I finished with a little crook jib and called it a night. Well, after one more slappy crook on the way to the car of course. I had gotten new custom orthotic insoles earlier in the day. They felt good.

(setup 8.25″ null atomic cowboy, venture 5.25 awake lows, 50mm bones stf v1, 3 washers on the inside of each axle, venom 91a bushings, new balance numeric 345 black size 11, custom orthotic insole)

skate journal: some flip attempts in the garage (dec 4, 2017)

Posted in Skate Journal on December 4th, 2017 by corpo

On a cold night I was thinking of taking a day off of skating, but instead I went in the garage for awhile. I turned up Dinosaur Jr Glimpse and it sounded so good. I was on the putter for the most part. Got heelflip easy and a treflip. I hucked a bunch of tricks, but never got too close to anything else. Went back to my normal setup for awhile and did a few kickflips. I ended by trying to do fakie flip, fakie varial flip, fakie 360 flip during the last song on the album. I got the first two quick, landed on the fakie tre too, but didn’t land it.

(setup 8.25″ null atomic cowboy deck, venture 5.8 lights black, 50mm bones stf v1, 3 washers on the outside, venom 91a bushings, new balance numeric 345 black size 11, powerfeet pinnacle orthotic insole)

skate journal: lazy sunday solo mellow bank spot (dec 3, 2017)

Posted in New Deck, setup change, Skate Journal on December 4th, 2017 by corpo

I’m not sure what it is about me going to this spot on Sundays. It’s normally after a lot of skating and I’m just too lazy to leave town, organize a session or try hard. After hanging with the fam for awhile I arrived on a beautiful afternoon. I had setup a new 8.25″ board and put some 8″ high Ventures on it. Normally I dislike Venture 5.2 highs and prefer the lows, but I’m trying to stay on highs. I tightened them more than normal, maybe that will help. They felt fine. I warmed up with shoves, fakie bigspin and nollie bigspin on the bank. Then started trying to ollie the little gap above because I would like to do a line there for Stubborns. I was thinking something that starts with front 180 and ends at the bank. But wow that gap is harder than it looks. You can either curve from around a corner and hope the timing works out or get one push and hope it works out. I chose the one push route. I rarely landed it. I think part of it was how lazy I was being, but it’s still hard. I only got a couple fakie flips after it which are hard too because of cracks and rough concrete. On the bank I did a couple fakie varial flips which could work in the line, or halfcab flip. After awhile I just raced between 360 flip and switch flip. Came close to a switch flip, but the 360 flip came somewhat quickly. I tried fakie heels for awhile too, but gave up after almost credit carding myself. I went across the street to do a front tail on the escalator ledge. I was really sore by then though. I did one terrible stall and left it at that.

(setup 8.25″ null atomic cowboy, venture 5.8 v-hollow high, 50mm bones stf v1, 3 washers on the inside of each axle, venom 91a bushings, new balance numeric 345 black size 11, powerfeet pinnacle orthotic insole)

skate journal: safeway ledges with the crew (dec 2, 2017)

Posted in Skate Journal on December 3rd, 2017 by corpo

Fun day jumping on the ledges @_f_u_z_z @43shifty @fullertrron

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After a busy morning I ran to meetup with a session at Safeway ledges. I thought I was going to be the last one, but I ended up getting there first. Ha. But after the first couple slappy noseslides Rob, Fuzz and Dave rolled up. It was quite fun. The warm up process didn’t seem to take anyone too long, but Dave did struggle for awhile which is rare to see. Even with 50s. Rob was hyped to break in his trucks. The same ones he’s had for like 3 weeks already. Ha. He got on some back 50s right away, nollie front lip, front nose the fence ledge, kickflips, b/s flips, bigspin front nose and some incredibly steezy back smiths. Also came super close to treflips. Fuzz went in on fakie front tails. He was going really fast and backed up a couple with quick feet b/s flips. He also did some really good front tailslides with good heelfips after. He also did switch front 180 50 and 5-0. So good. I skated pretty good at times. Got my first two treflip, first try nollie varial flip, did the worst heelflip every (but man it was fun somehow), got a first try slow back 50 which is rare for me. I tried halfcab crooks, front crooks, switch crooks, but never got any. Struggled with halfcab flips and some other flippers. I had put on some small old bones wheels that felt great. I tried switch front 180 50 like Fuzz, except with 1/10 the speed and I hit the wall hard. It hurt. I did a slow, but first try front 50 bean plant out and tried to follow it with a treflip. But I landed wrong and broke my board. Doh. It was really cracked so it wasn’t really a bummer. But the whole session I was thinking about wanting smaller trucks so now this will make me have to decide what to do.
Dave was finally warmed up around then. Ha. He was doing slappy crooks on the tall fence ledge, noseslides on it too. He had a really good front 5-0 180 out, varial flips, maybe a front crook, tried pop shove noseslides and much more I’m forgetting right now.

(setup 8.25″ null maze deck, venture 5.8 lights black, 50mm bones stf v1, 3 washers on the outside, venom 91a bushings, new balance numeric 345 black size 11, powerfeet pinnacle orthotic insole)

skate journal: broomfield marathon soreness and cold (dec 1, 2017)

Posted in Skate Journal on December 3rd, 2017 by corpo

Another day off work. Went to Broomfield park on a nice morning ahead of meeting up with Nolan. Trying to warm up didn’t go so well, I felt so sore and I’m not sure why. There were a few other dudes there, all were cool. Although one of them said ‘nice willy grind’ to a crook attempt of mine on the black box. I’m not doubting that it was a terrible crook, but that bummed me out. At least he was hyped on the slappy crooks on the curb. I didn’t land a whole lot. One thing I got was a line of switch noseslide 270 out on the blue box, fakie back smith to fakie on the quarta potty, switch front noseslide shove on the blue box. All were done terribly. Even on the qp trick I did some weird slide out. Oh well. Oh I did have a line earlier of front 50 on the black box, kickflip to fakie on the bank and then a bad halfcab noseslide on the black ledge. Then the wind kicked in fierce and I went to Crisis.

After a couple hours at Crisis I met Dave and Nolan at Broomfield park. There were a few others there, but it was still mostly chill. Dave and I warmed up with switch noseslide variations on the blue box. He was extra sore too. We started mixing in the other obstacles around when Nolan showed up. I was trying some dork lines. Board transfer the brown ledge, nose stall the pier 7 ledge, crooks the ledge. I might have done that, but I definitely almost died trying. Nolan challenged us to a game of SKATE. I was bad and did a one foot just to mess with Dave. He got his revenge with a switch no comply shove. I got a letter on fakie flip. Argh. I was the first out. It did kind of warm me up though. Nolan and Dave were skating the quartapotty to steep qp. Gnarly. Nolan did a front noseblunt on it. Dave did a super chill back tail on it. Saul skated for awhile too. He did his first shove-it ever, boardslid the parking block and ollied onto a few of the obstacles. It was rad. Hayden and Sean showed around then and I resigned my soreness to sit and film for the gram. Nolan, Sean, Hayden and Hayden’s friend Mikey got some good moves. Dave took off. I just kind of wandered around filming in different places. Riley and Garrett showed. Donnie too. It was fun watching so many rippers, but man it got cold just standing around. I was blown away by how quickly Riley was ripping. It was right away. There will be a gram clip soon.

(setup 8.25″ null maze deck, venture 5.8 lights black, 52mm spitfire f4 radial slim green/black swirl 101a, 3 washers on the outside, venom 91a bushings, new balance numeric 345 black size 11, spenco 3/4 thinsole with lakai insole)