skate journal: lazy day afternoon at southern hills with saul (oct 7, 2017)

Posted in setup change, Skate Journal on October 9th, 2017 by corpo

Slept in late on a breezy Saturday. Had a few chores and ran boards to Crisis. Time seemed to fly by and before I knew it the afternoon had almost gone by. I biked over to meet Saul at Souther Hills. It’s been awhile since I’ve been there. The bike ride had my legs warmed up, but feeling weird. Started out mostly n the lower stair. Saul got some front 50s. It was sick! I think he also got back 50 and got up on a boardslide on a bench. I also saw him get into a front axle stall on the upper stair. Dang pop! I kind of got in a groove. Had a few noseslides, boardslides, but struggled with crooks. Had some 50s on the stair, ollied up the 2. Then we skated this parking block area for awhile which was fun. The curb didn’t grind too well. Saul would eventually get a few solid slappies on it, almost a feeble. I only got slappy crooks. There was also a fun manual pad there. I got manual and a few tries for nose manual which was really fun feeling. Saul worked on his ollies up the curb and even put a few into manual. My flip tricks were working okay. No treflips, but halfcab flips and b/s flip I think. Oh yeah, I had messed with my setup even though I’m not supposed to. I put an old Jason 8.5″ deck, swapped out baseplates for the forged/hollow axle, added a tiny riser. It felt good.

(setup null rabethica 8.5″ deck, venture 5.8 v-light, 1/16″ riser, bones medium bushings no washers, 52mm spitfire f4 radial slim green/black, new balance numeric 212 burgundy size 11, spenco 3/4 thinsoles, footprints 5mm insole)

skate journal: back to ledge training. short one at research (sept 14, 2017)

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

Late night mission for me. Meaning 8:30pm. Ha ha. I had put together the complete I had in Cali again and put myself on probation – no more changes for a month. I went to the ledge wanting to work on the basics. Got a couple really bad back 50s, was near 100% on crooks. Also got noseslide, noseslide fakie, boardslide, switch front nose, switch front nose to forward, a completely terrible halfcab noseslide. Didn’t really skate it uphill. Maybe just a switch noseslide. Didn’t do much for flippers, mostly because I couldn’t land a fakie flip.

(setup null spanbauer 8.38″ deck, venture v-light 5.8, bones medium bushings, 3 washers on the outside of each axle, old 51mm spitfire f4 classics, new balance numeric 212 sand 11, spenco 3/4 thinsoles, footprints 5mm insole)

skate journal: safeway ledge then broomfield banks with dave and rob (sept 10, 2017)

Posted in New Deck, setup change, Skate Journal on September 11th, 2017 by corpo

Feeling a little groggy I met up with Rob and Dave at Crisis shortly after noon. After some bidness we went across the street. All 3 of us had new decks. Dave and I had the board that Rob designed and Rob had some random Christian Death board. Ha ha. I had setup an 8″ Monico deck after enjoying the small board the day before, but I went for high trucks with bigger wheels. Anyway, warming up went good. I probably skated my best the first 30 minutes then started feeling really warn down and tired. Rob was getting at it and almost got back 108 fakie 50 shove out first try so we setup Hosercam. It because a battle, but in the end Rob was successful getting it super good. I hucked a Safeway dream trick, kickflip front 50, but never committed. I had some fun back 50s, struggled with fakie 50s. Dave rattled off all kinds of tricks. 50s, 50 nollie shoves, 50 180s, 5-0s, the Blaine trick, halfcab noseslide, and mostly a halfcab noseslide 270 out. Rob went on to do back 50 bean plant out, front tail body varial, just straight ripping. I had a couple flip tricks early on that felt good, but the roughness of the asphalt there is starting to not feel great to try flip tricks. I sat for awhile. A couple other dudes joined. Dave was trying front crooks and would land it once the camera was turned off.

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We bounced to the bank spot. I felt better there then I thought I would. After some warming up I filmed Rob and Dave get some lines involving tailslides, bean plants, front shoves and bonelesses. Good stuff. I struggled with ollies to fakie, boneless, b/s flip (Dave beat me to it) and then hucked a b/s heelflip for a bit at the end. I never got very close. Dave boosted huge bonelesses. Dave and I had some fun chinese nollies out of the sidewalk and some close calls. I guess that’s about it, the dudes stacked clips. Oh yeah, I ended trying a bigflip and didn’t get very close. Argh. I went home and fell asleep for a long time. Guess I was feeling a little sick. Ugh.

(setup 8″ null monico deck, venture v-hollow highs, 88a venom bushings, 52mm bones stf v5, nbnumeric 212 sand, spenco 3/4 thinsoles, 5mm footprint insoles)

skate journal: solo research ledge blah on lows (sept 9, 2017)

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

Went to Research Ledge on a busy day where I was feeling paralyzed by my setup OCD. Lows vs Highs. Small board vs big. Riley had stopped by and encouraged an 8″ board with lows so what’s what I did. It felt whatever. The first kickflip still took several tries and I still wasn’t able to front 50. I did manage a few sloppy back 50s, noseslides. Struggled with some lines, may have gotten a bad one or two. I was riding a super old 8″ board that was razor tailed, so some of the lack of pop can be blamed on that. Didn’t get a treflip, but did get a first try heelflip that felt very easy, almost fakie heelflip. It got really windy for awhile and I just tried really slow noseslides trying do the 270 shove out. Didn’t get close. Did a couple more crooks and rested. Tried to get halfcab noseslide next, but it hurt so I left.

(setup old null 8″ board that I don’t remember the name of, venture custom hollow lows 5.25, way to hard venom bushing 94a, 52mm bones stf v2 that felt big with low trucks, 1/16″ riser, new balance numeric 212 burgundy size 11, spenco 3/4 thinsole, footprint 5mm insole)

skate journal: brief boulder park before work (sept 7, 2017)

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

Finally kind of getting the desire to skate again I went to Boulder park before work since I have the late shift. There was a few people when I got there. All skating. It was rad. After being annoyed by my big setup I grabbed my small one. It felt whatever. I wanted to hit the ledges a bunch, but I was too sore. I really didn’t do much of anything actually except make myself do a couple front 50s on the bump to ledge. Bumps weird me out.

(setup 8.25″ null spanbauer deck, venture v-hollow 5.25 highs, venom 88a bushings, 3 washers on the inside of each axle, 52mm bones stf v2, new balance numeric 212 burgundy size 11, spenco 3/4 thinsoles, FP 5mm insole)

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: 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: watching at steelyards as my knees were done (aug 6, 2017)

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

Met Rob and then Dave at Steelyards. I had played football with Ollie and was pretty sore doing that for some reason. But I still went skating. Or at least tried to go skating. The parking lot was pretty happening. I had put the tall/wide Venture axles on because I was hoping it would help my lack of pop. But as it would turn out I wouldn’t really get to the point of popping. I did manage to manual the pad the long way and a couple of kickflips, but the pain got the best of me and I would end up giving up on skating. Oh yeah Rob and I each did wallie/nollies into the parking garage. It was really fun and a little scary going into the dark. I watched Rob and Dave for awhile. Donnie randomly showed up for the furniture store and skated with us for awhile. Everyone was skating in their own unique way. Rob was doing nose manuals easy, manuals, nose manual 180, some type of caveman manual thing, kickflips, back 180s, ripping. Dave was trying front 180 nose manual, got fakie shove up the curb, was doing bigspins on flat. Donnie rips, tried manuals to wallride, was popping up to axle stall on the light post, trying halfcab flip manuals.

We got the boot after awhile. Rob and I tried to coordinate a quick double wallie/nollie for a photo. It didn’t work so well. My knee had totally locked up. We did get a “make” which I’ll post on the nullogram, but this grab is actually my favorite.

Then we looked at google and went to this bank to curb. I did a few scary rock ‘n rolls and decided to sit and watch Rob and Dave. Rob was going for back tail, but kept going Suski. The angles at this spot are weirder than it looks. Dave did a couple nosepick to fakie tricks, maybe a front crunt before realizing he was late for a radio program and ran off. Ha, good ol’ Dave.

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)

skate journal: pre pj hype at research center (july 12, 2017)

Posted in setup change, Skate Journal on July 13th, 2017 by corpo

Found out earlier in the day it was official that PJ would be having a part in the new NB video. It hyped me up. I’m not really sure why PJ footage gets me so hyped, I mean I can’t do 1/10 of the stuff he does. But something about how he does his tricks is so magical. So I went to the research ledge after putting low trucks on again (ha) feeling hyped. It was raining at my house so I was surprised I was able to skate outside. I started with noseslides, then started into lines pretty quickly. Just a basic flipper on the street, ollie up the curb, then a ledge trick. I got most of my basics pretty quickly, including a couple terrible back 50s. I slammed really hard overshooting a front 50. I haven’t done that in awhile. I got a 3 flip on flat going up the hill right away which hyped me up. No hands down! Got halfcab flip, fakie flip and fakie bigflip to start lines down the hill. Heelflip and almost fakie heelflip up the hill. Got a couple good feeling halfcab noseslides, but then I saw what they look like. Ha. You know they are bad when I’m too embarrassed to put them on my youtube channel that no one watches. I finished up with another crooks and a switch front nose. Both felt great. Then I just kind of got tired so I decided to not push it and went home.

(setup 8.25″ null rabethica deck, venture 5.2 AWAKE lows, 1/16″ riser, venom 90a bushings, old spitfire 101a 50mm F4 wheels, 3 washers on the inside of each axle, nbnumeric 254 cream/gum size 12 with spenco 3/4 thinsoles and Footprint 5mm kingfoam insoles)

skate journal: flatground PT blah (june 29, 2017)

Posted in setup change, Skate Journal on June 30th, 2017 by corpo

Any time I go a few days without skating or skate poorly I start to obsess over my setup. Well that was the case once again and I had put some low hangers on my setup with some old tiny Spitfires. I went to this little area wanting to skate flat while wearing orthotics and see how my legs felt. Because they weren’t really feeling any better after a few days off of skating. The first few ollies felt like total crap. Did some 180s, shoves. I moved on to kickflip and struggled a little, but got a few. The lower setup flips so fast. Went on to fakie flip pretty quickly, varial flip in a couple tries, halfcab flip took awhile. Then got stuck with b/s flip one way and f/s halfcab flip the other. Got terrible, terrible versions of both. Got close to fakie bigflip and nollie tre, but started to get sore and lost motivation. I did the deck check ollie up on to the curved ledge (took more tries then I’d like to share) and barely got an ollie off it. The landing hurt my right knee which has been hurting. I decided to call it. Glad I got my venture low fix out of the way.

(setup 8.25 null spanbauer deck, venture AWAKE lows, 91a venom bushings, old 50mm 101a spitfire f4 classics, washers on the outside of the axle, new balance numeric pj 533 black gum size 12, fp gamechanger insoles)