skate journal: skating hard at rocky mtn elem with dave and jake (oct 1, 2017)

Posted in Favorite, Skate Journal on October 2nd, 2017 by corpo

On a perfect cool fall day Jake and I met Dave at Rocky Mtn Elem. We started with slappies on the curb. My first few minutes felt so terrible I was wondering if I would actually be able to skate. Luckily I stuck with it because it was a super fun session. All 3 of us seemed to skate hard. Dave was hitting the banks in lines right away. The banks there are so much harder to skate than they look. He hauls ass on the asphalt and ollies up the curb at speed to do tricks on them. It’s impressive. He got pop shove to fakie, pivots on the sideways curb, front and back 180 nose manuals on the brick medians. I kind of b/s ollied over a median, manualled a median. The cracks there are big and just getting from one side of the school to another is hard. Jake was working on a line that he would eventually get. Twice. Front tail on the ledge, boneless a median, turn around and slappy the curb then ollie a cone off the speed bump. So sick. I never really stuck with one thing. I took a bunch of tries to ollie up onto the ledge (that I kickflipped off above). I got a couple, but only got a front 180 off once. Then trying to get in a quick switch push to the ledge failed. I had a bunch of awkward feeling pushes and hands flailing around when trying lines there. Dave was the only one to get back 50 on the ledge. I was close. I think Jake and I got crooks. Dave and Jake did halfcab noseslide easy. I had some fun back 180’s off the speed bump, but couldn’t switch noseslide after to save my life. Dave did boardslides to fakie and 270 both ways. Jake and I tried to kickflip off the ledge for awhile. At that point I was too sore to ollie up so I cheated by dropping in. Jake got the ollie up almost every time. I was hyped to finally land it. It felt great. Jake did his line again for the camera. Dave almost got a crazy boardslide to back lip. Then it started raining which was fine by me since I was tired. Fun day. It feels great to skate hard again and even though I didn’t land a whole lot, it was rewarding when I did. Oh yeah, forgot a line I got. Slow front 50 the ledge, kickflip off the curb then a treflip with a brief hand touch. Doh. Also tried a few cab flips which felt very doable.

(setup null monico 8.38″ deck, venture 5.8, bones medium bushings no washers, 3 speed washers on the outside of each axle, 52mm spitfire f4 radial slim green/black, new balance numeric 212 burgundy size 11, spenco 3/4 thinsoles, footprints 5mm insole)

skate journal: fun times in the valmont garages with a stellar crew (sept 24, 2017)

Posted in Favorite, Skate Journal on September 25th, 2017 by corpo

Great times in the garages tonight with an awesome crew. @cookiegrinder13 @fullertrron @skellyfortcollins

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On a rainy day I had bailed on meeting Fuzz at Yellow curbs because I was being so lazy. Dave had wanted to do Redder curbs later in the day and that seemed to work better. Then as I was about to leave Mike hit me up and said Skelly was in town and wanted to skate. Sick! We met up at Redder curbs. Skelly is working on a new park in Fort Morgan and had a buddy named Ali with him. He’s younger and wasted no time in doing super long frontside slappys on even the square curbs. Dang! It was cool seeing people skate the spot differently. After awhile the main session was on the double parking blocks. I saw Dave wallie to manual to 4 wheel drive the next one. He was also trying to no comply over both of them. Whoa! Skelly did a quick bluntslide transfer to no comply the next. Mike was doing slappys towards the median and trying to ride over it. I kind of got in my own world trying a super long line which I came super close to. Well, at first I was doing back 180 then trying halfcab flip, but I never got the halfcab flip. So the line became front shove out of the little bump then sometimes a flatground trick. The line I came closest to was front shove, no compmly finger flip, slappy crook then landed on b/s flip over the doorway “hip”. Dave did some rad shoves off the doorway kicker. But we got the boot as I kind of landed a couple b/s flips over it.

A one minute and one angle chronological summary of the fun had last night. @skellyfortcollins @fullertrron @cookiegrinder13

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So we got the boot, walked to the next garage, but the same security guard kicked us out of that one too. Then we drove to to the next building. Ha ha. Basically all that’s there is this parking block and an IT dude that runs his remote control car when he isn’t busy. He’s cool though. This session went off. We mostly did grinds initially. Slappys, crooks, feebles, etc. I was kind of in my own world again trying flip tricks in the corner. Got a couple terrible hands down 360 flips and kind of a f/s halfcab heel. Then I set my phone down to film and 50 some minutes later we had landed a bunch of tricks to go through! Skelly’s first try fakie ollie was tight, the no comply shifty, 180. Mike has such a good slappy and the back 180 out was great. Dave couldn’t get the no comply flip which was a bit frustrating, but he killed it with switch no comply, slappy feeble 270 out. I had a blast. Got the no comply flip in a few tries, tried to clean it up, but never got a cleaner one. The kickflip took a long time, I couldn’t get a slappy feeble, the b/s flip is sketchy, but maybe a first for me. Ali’s noseslide transfer was so good as all of his slappys were. Super fun night.

(setup null monico 8.38″ deck, venture 5.8, bones medium bushings, 3 washers on the outside of each axle, 52mm spitfire f4 radial slim green/black, new balance numeric 212 sand 11, spenco 3/4 thinsoles, footprints 5mm insole)

skate journal: downtown LA #cali4niahotstubborns day 4 (sept 4, 2017)

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

Two tricks that predate color. 📷 @_f_u_z_z #cali4niahotstubborns

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So stoked we waited a few days for the downtown push day, because it was the coolest day of the trip and it was bearable to go without water for awhile. We left from our apartment and ended up at the spot above pretty quickly. Dave and I spotted it first. It had a bunch of 2 stairs in a row that were really fun to ollie down. I think Dave had some 180s thrown in. I tried too, but never linked multiple ones together. Jack ollied up all of them. Carleigh either ollied or firecrackered (maybe both) all of them. Did I mention this was a police station? So cool that they didn’t care. The only thing they cared about was Fuzz standing on the ledge when he filmed. I had told Rob if he landed the back 180 I’d get his back which I did with a kickflip off the bump then front 180 the stairs. I tried another line of halfcab flip then front shove, but never committed to the front shove. Jack had a rad ollie off the bump over the grass.

@jackspanbauer getting nostalgic. Photo by @43shifty #cali4niahotstubborns

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Then we hit this spot which was one of the main destinations. It was of course way harder to skate than we imagined. Dave reigned king and put down a lot of tricks. The pivots both ways on the edges were sick, front disaster kind of. Jack had the lofty ollie shown above and a one foot or two as well. I had back and front rock, but they were more like under rocks since I didn’t deck them at all. Fuzz had big goals and was disappointed with himself, but still put down rock fakies, rock, fakie rock and maybe another trick or two. Carleigh was decking her front rocks so good, but didn’t quite get it before we got the boot.

Some of us skated a little brick bank briefly. Just some stalls. Nate was going off trying a boardslide transfer on a legit flat rail. He would get it. Kind of hyped that when Nate lands tricks he might even look more bummed than me. It was so sick though. Off we went. Jack did a gnarly hippy jump while I found a fun ledge for people to sit on. Then some Glen shenanigans where I took way too long to land a kickflip, but slammed into a sign rather well. Definitely my favorite clip of the trip. While I was doing that Fuzz had some steezy pops onto a curb cut and front 180 off. Dave was trying to manual into a bums house. We stopped by the Kirchart hydrant for Jack. He wanted ollie over to manual which he would have done had his bushing not blown out.

~ @_f_u_z_z on a wall 📸 @43shifty . . #cali4niahotstubborns #thestubborns #unitgs

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Then some wallride time here. Fuzz had a couple unreal wallrides. I had a couple insanely fun wallie nollies with some fun powerslides down the hill after. Dave went for front wallride. Not sure if he got it. It’s kind of a blur after this, but we saw so many cool spots. Dave and Fuzz 50’d a little marble ledge. Rob ruined a curb while security swooped in. We found this super rad black granite ledge that could have become a full session. Rob had done halfcab noseslide and front noseslide. Carleigh was doing noseslides, Dave boardslides, Nate boardslides, I was almost getting crooks. But there was a weird scene with some cops pulling over a lady and some security guards lurking by the ledge. I tried to crooks while they were there and apparently got really close to their bike (I must be completely unaware of space because I didn’t know I was close) and we got the boot. Such a bummer, we could have posted up there for a long time I bet. Next up was a sick hill bomb that Rob wallie/nollied into first try. Dave got it too. I think all of us bombed the hill and it felt awesome. I don’t recall any more skating after this. What a blast, skating downtown with friends rolling from spot to spot is my favorite thing. Especially with this crew, downtown LA and nice weather.

(setup 8.38 null spanbauer deck, venture 5.8 trucks, venom 91a bushings, no bottom washer, spitfire f4 101a 51mm classic wheels, 3 washers on the outside of each axle, nbnumeric 212 burgundy, spenco 3/4 thinsoles and FP 5mm insoles)

skate journal: loveland high, csu dorm fun and the best feeling skating i’ve had in a long time (july 30, 2017)

Posted in Favorite, Skate Journal on August 1st, 2017 by corpo


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Rob, Dave and I rolled to Fort Collins. On the way I remembered a little weird bank spot in Loveland and we stopped there. I was so sore when we first got there. I couldn’t even ollie at all. I didn’t think it would go well, but we kept at it and it ended up being a really fun session. John joined us around the time I put down a b/s 45 degree flip over the “gap” into the bank. It wasn’t as good as I wanted it to be, but it was harder than I remember. Dave had already done a line with an ollie over the curb and then a front shove into the bank. Rob had done a solid front tail from the bank. Then we opened the gate and treated it like a two hit spot. My legs were feeling sore again so even kickflips were hard. I got a kickflip over the hip. Also a line of no comply 270 then front 180 into the bank. John did a bean plant over the hip and back 180 into the bank. Dave did backside bigspin then fakie ollie into the bank. Then topped himself by doing back big followed by fakie big. Two lines in one day for Dave! All of this took much longer than you would think. Rob was kind enough to patiently film.

Best day I've had in awhile. #thankyouskateboarding #thestubborns Photo by @43shifty

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Dave and John fun on the ledges. @fullertrron @hellagnarbrosevelt #thestubborns

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After some Chipotle and a MRKT run we ended up at this ledge I had seen on the gram awhile ago. I wanted to noseslide it. Hayden had said it’s really hard to skate so I didn’t get my hopes up, but when I saw it I knew I could do it. John, Rob and Dave skated the smaller ledges for awhile. I started in on the noseslide attempts. Seeing as how perfect they are I thought for sure we’d get the boot right away. But nope, we had the place for a couple of hours. For the most part my noseslide attempts got closer and less scary, but I was still not getting much past halfway. Then out of nowhere one locked in perfect and I landed it. I can’t describe how happy I felt when I landed it. It felt so amazing. It just kept sliding and sliding. I know it’s just a noseslide on a ledge, but for me this felt like so much more. I felt like I had finally come out of the funk I’ve been in for so many months. And I gotta give props to Rob, Dave and John for being so positive and encouraging me. Dave had done a few caveman front 50s, then did a real front 50 first try. We went to film it and he couldn’t get it until he tried my board and got it first try. He’ll be getting Venture Lows before you know it! Ha ha, just playing. That 50 was so sick though. Then Dave filmed John try a line for a long time. Rob and I mostly just chilled. I was in such a happy place I didn’t feel like skating anymore. John ended up getting his line (twice! – blame the camera). Then him and Dave messed around on the smaller ledge for awhile. John did the easy front 50 and Dave amazed us all with a crooked grind for the ages. Or for the aged. As in The Stubborns. Coming sometime. Awesome day.

(setup 8.25″ null rabethica deck, venture 5.2 AWAKE lows, venom 90a bushings, 1/16″ riser, spitfire 101a 51mm F4 wheels, 3 washers on the inside of each axle, nbnumeric PJ 533 black/gum with spenco 3/4 thinsole and old sole tech insoles)

skate journal: rad times at saul’s (june 30, 2017)

Posted in Favorite, Skate Journal on July 4th, 2017 by corpo

Worked from home on a warm Friday. Had it set in my mind that I would do a flatground friday, but Saul sent out an invite and the way my body was feeling it seemed more fun. I biked over there. At first it was just Saul and I and it was really fun. Again my first few runs had me doing different lines and then I settled into my normal lines. I had put high trucks back on. Being able to roll around the whole bowl is cool. Saul had hurt his should a couple days before, but I didn’t notice. He was ripping. Still rolling in, those really quick grind lines. Longer 50s. We both worked on feeble grinds at one point. I think his were better. I tried a back smith stall and got it first try (and a few more times) which felt neat. Dave showed. He flowed around for awhile and got another one of his incredibly long boardslides, manuals. Dave and I might have started a ‘gotta land a kickflip before you can roll in’ goal. At least when it isn’t crowded. I had a couple more runs I was really hyped on. Got the little 50 near the hip then front rock on the big coping. Tried a front disaster and did the weird smith thing, got a few front slashes in the deep. This was my favorite time skating there. Carve grinds too, the funnest trick. Saul can do lines with so many in a row. Looks so fun. We called it around 8pm and Dave and I watched BATB. So fun.

(setup 8.25″ null spanbauer deck, venture 5.2 highs, venom 88a bushings, bones stf v3 52mm, 3 washers on the inside of each axle, nbnumeric pj 533 black/gum/hyperfeel with footprint gamechanger insoles)

skate journal: garage tres on the putter that made me happy (jan 17, 2017 day 9)

Posted in Favorite, Skate Journal on January 18th, 2017 by corpo

Went into the garage feeling pretty lazy. Was on my regular board, but ended up hating it. I did get a bit into my normal list. Kickflips, fakie flip, halfcab flip, b/s flip. But then I grabbed my putter and things got way more fun. Got a frontside flip right away. And a quick heelflip. I’ve only landed a couple since moving up in board size so that was a treat. Then I got into a groove of nollie flip or treflip. Never got a nollie flip, but the last of three treflips felt great. I haven’t done one like that in a long time. It’s been huck and pray. Needless to say I will most likely be switching back to a smaller setup.

(setup normal 8.25 setup with 5.8s then the putter 7.5″ for the goods)

skate journal: sunday funday with dave in downtown boulder (sept 25, 2016 day 269)

Posted in Favorite, Skate Journal on September 27th, 2016 by corpo

Met up with Dave around 10am at the Wells Fargo bank. Well, I was there first, but only briefly. I physically felt pretty good, but when I tried to skate it was all wrong. I slammed super hard on a frontside pivot and was 0-4 on kickflips. I came very close to going home. Instead I stuck it out and Dave and I warmed up. It would get better. A lot better. I messed around with blunt tricks (blunt to axle to fakie, blunt to disaster transfer, backside blunt). Dave was doing back tail and back lip transfers. Sometimes were were lining things out. It took me awhile to get a line of kickflip up the curb, backside blunt, then wallie nollie on the big brick wall. I couldn’t do a flip trick there. Had a fun no comply 360 though. Dave’s transfers are so good. Blunt to back d first t. I kind of had another line with a manual next to the ATM machine, ‘slappy’ tailslide the brick curb, front tail transfer the hip. It felt good to street skate again. The brick area is pretty weird for flip tricks though. Dave and I filmed a little. I was happy that my work phone hadn’t gone off. Dave boardslid the big yellow bar. I did the silly grinds on the pole. Dave did the fakie wallride. We had been there a couple (maybe even a few?) hours. It was a blast. Then we pushed over to the red ledge. We normally only last a few minutes there, but I guess since there was a Broncos game we lasted basically as long as we wanted. Dave has the wide trucks and could grind over the skate stoppers. Pretty funny. We were having fun. Dave did a back 50 and I joked that I was going to show him up. I tried kick back 50, but ended up doing 5-0. First try. It felt awesome. I would go on to do 5 of them total, the last one being my favorite. I was in a great mood. I also had front 50 shove, noseslide 270, switch nose shove, the worst front tail attempts ever, couldn’t get front crooks. Dave rattled off tricks too. Front 5-0, back crooks, back 50, back 50 to back tail and super close to front 50 nollie shove out. We kind of good booted. We headed to the teahouse ledge, but on the way we hit a 4 stair. Dave ollied it 2nd try. I bailed a few times and my board went in to the road timed perfect for a car to focus it. NOOOO! Kind of a bummer on such a great day. Or maybe it just prevented me from getting frustrated on such a good day. We went to the ledge though and I watched Dave get his trick. It was rad. Great day.

First time getting my board run over. 😢

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(setup null message 8.125 deck, venture 5.2 v-hollow lows, 1/16″ riser, thunder bushings, 3 washers inside each wheel, 50mm STF V1, new balance numeric pj 533 steel/gum)

skate journal: all day marathon of fun. evergreen. denver ramp and diy. solid crew. (sept 21, 2016 day 265)

Posted in Favorite, Skate Journal on September 23rd, 2016 by corpo

Had the day off work to skate with Chief and whoever else could make it. It ended up being Chief, Jack, Rob, Fuller and I. While we waited Jack and I played no comply SKATE. We went on for awhile, landing the few tricks each of us did. We had a couple of letters when it was time to go to Evergreen. Jack got me on no comply lazerflip. I don’t remember what I got him on.

@jackspanbauer at the wonderful little Evergreen, CO skatepark. #skatingintherain

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Evergreen was empty when we arrived and the temperature was amazing. Jack proved himself the youngest by landing flip tricks over the hip before anyone else had even touched their tail to the concrete. After awhile a couple of other guys joined that were pretty chill and nice. One dude had crazy good flippers over the hip. It’s impossible to remember what all went down. It seemed like everyone was having fun and skating well. Rob had those steezy boneless complys early. Chief and Rob with the back 180s. Jack had done kickflip, impossible, b/s flip and more I can’t remember (because it was totally boring Jack (ha, joking. but i hope you read this)). Dave and Chief worked on switch back 180s over it. I got a crappy b/s flip then a good feeling one. That trick is incredibly fun. I mostly skated the hip. I went on to also land halfcab flip, fakie bigflip, fakie f/s flip and tried nollie treflip for a long time, but never got one. Chief with the long nose manuals. Rob with the lines, manuals and close to halfcab noseslide to manual. Jack kickflip late shove the hip, the gap stuff above first tries. Dave technically landing switch back 3 and cab big spins. So sick. I had trouble getting on the little ledges, but noseslide to fakie off the “big” one was fun. It started to rain as I was getting closer to the nollie tre. Jack and Dave did backside airs.

Then we ate and drove down to Lakewood to his this ramp which was super hard to skate, but super fun. It took everyone awhile to get backside grinds and flow. Well, everyone except for Dave. But he skates there all of the time (or maybe just once). We skated it for a long time. The trick list isn’t very long, but who cares, it’s fun and hard to skate. Chief had lots of front disasters, fakie pops, front tail, close to front disaster revert. Rob had the magic carves through the speed sucking corner and flowed grinds everywhere. Dave “The Dave” Fuller shredded. Grind bonk transfers over the hip, speed lines around the corner, sweepers, 5-0s, etc. I bailed a lot of back 50s and tried to slash frontside over the hip for a really long time. I would eventually get one. It felt awesome. It took Rob doing a run with two of his magical corner carves in it to get me hyped enough. Jack did front 50 over the hip first try, 5-0s, disasters, a lot. We eventually left. Everyone hyped.

@jackspanbauer rips

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We checked out this nearby DIY spot. We felt weird rolling up when they were working on it, but Bochi ended up being really nice and told us what was up. Rob and I were too sore to skate, but everyone else did. Chief had a nice bump out to manny. Jack back lip and front tail transfers. Dave did a backside sweeper. What more do you need to say? Bochi ripped the place. All of the qps are pretty gnarly. Then we went to the Emerica premiere and had even more fun. Great day. Great dudes. Great skating. Dream day.

(setup null message 8.125 deck, venture 5.2 v-hollow lows, thunder bushings, 3 washers inside each wheel, 51mm STF V1, new balance numeric pj 533 steel/gum)

skate journal: more null! york park, filmer glen, the bay amazingness and then watching the big contest (sept 4, 2016 day 248)

Posted in Favorite, Skate Journal on September 6th, 2016 by corpo

Slept good on a road trip what? It ruled. Woke up a little later then we wanted and after being baptized at the grocery store we went to York park. We all started on the mini. As you can see, the boys killed it. They were on fire. I skated ok. Didn’t get to far on my list, but managed to do more then axle stalls. While Eric filmed them rip it I kind of messed around trying to get it going. I don’t remember landing anything so it must not have been so good. Then we filmed for awhile. Hayden and Riley got some bangers then we headed to Lincoln. We went to the Bay for what was supposed to be a short session, BUT THEY WERE PLAYING DINOSAUR JR RADIO!!! Ha ha ha, I was so hyped. Plus, we got to skate it for free and there was only a couple of other people there. It was almost too much for me, I was too excited. Garrett and Hayden were shredding. I didn’t see much of Jack and Riley dipped out pretty quickly too as we were supposed to leave for the contest. But I kept skating. I started with back 50 on the slanted ledge, then back 50 on the long qp (so fun) and then bailed ledge tricks on the long ledge. I did a bunch of crooks on the center ledge and took a long time to do a front 50 (which I shoved out of once I got in it). We met Joe there and he was ripping. Front 50s every try with some twist. 50 shove, 50 to front board, lip to 50, lip to 50 to shove, etc. He was one sweaty stoked mess. After awhile I started trying my current dream trick, nollie tre over a hip. I tried it over and over and amazing tunes were playing. I added a back disaster on the little qp in the background. It was bad, but probably my first one on something other then Wells Fargo or Zuni park. I did not get the nollie tre, but there were a couple that were close. It just felt great to try so hard, have such great music playing and skate with such awesome people. The contest was a blast too. So fun to watch and rad seeing Jack and Riley do so well.

(setup old null bottom of the well 8.38 deck, venture 5.2 hi, thunder bushings, 3 washers inside each wheel, 52mm spitfire f4 101a, new balance numeric pj 533 steel/gum)

skate journal: safeway run with rob, some posing, then some more fun at broomfield (aug 6, 2016 day 219)

Posted in Favorite, Skate Journal on August 8th, 2016 by corpo

I woke up with a lot of plantar fasciitis pain, did a bunch of exercises for it, did some other stuff around the house then met Rob at Safeway ledge at 2. It was a cloudy morning that looked like rain, but right when I showed up the rain cleared and it was rather hot. Rob was already sweating and ripping. His patented long back 50s, back 180 fakie 50, really sick nollie front lips, was trying halfcab noseslide shoves and got close a couple of times, kickflips, cabs and more. For all of the pain in my feet earlier, it all went away when I started skating. I hucked a lot, but didn’t seem to land much, although I had a rare back 5-0.

Then we went to Broomfield and watched the fun little manual contest they had going. It was mostly Meta and Crisis dudes, so it was awesome. I skated around for some of it, but not very seriously. Riley and Nolan ripped it as did everyone else. After the contest I chilled for awhile, then started skating the quartapotty with Riley and Nolan. We played a game of SKATE. No surprise, but I was the first one out. At least I lasted longer then 5 tricks. I even ended up landing a couple of the tricks Nolan got me with. Front pivot to front rock, and front pivot to back rock. I was hyped to land a new trick even if it’s just a dork trick for Nolan. I skated flatground pretty good. Halfcab flip, fakie bigfilp, first try 360 flip, heelflip, etc.

frontside flip revert coming for you josh

Then I decided to try Josh’s trick on the only real bank at the park. I got one! Then I got Riley to film me do it again and I got another. Both were terrible compared to Josh’s. I definitely “revert” rather then pivot all the way around. Oh well, I was hyped. Fun day, fun people.

(setup: 8.38 old bottom of the well null deck, venture 5.8s, thunder bushings, 52mm reed wheels, 2 washers inside each axle, nb# quincy 254 blue/gum, spenco orthotic thinsoles with footprints heel pad)