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: 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: flatground friday with dave at the hockey rink (nov 17, 2017)

Posted in Favorite, setup change, Skate Journal on November 17th, 2017 by corpo

Skipped out of a busy day of work for a flatground friday with Dave at the Blue Skies hockey rink. It was warm enough out, but pretty windy at times and rain was blowing in from somewhere. It was hard to find the motivation to begin with. I brought my quiver. Dave brought his putter. So I basically started on my putter too. I didn’t really like it so I went to my 8.25″ setup with venture wides. It felt great. Really great actually, I went on to have a great day for me. I mean I struggled with kickflips, but most other tricks felt good. I had some heelflips right away and in a couple tries got a really sketchy varial heel. It hyped me up. Halfcab flips felt good too, got a first try fakie bigflip. Got a nollie varial flip out of nowhere (thanks for trying Dave and reminding me) and a first try fakie varial flip. Keep in mind I was going so slow for all of these tricks. I couldn’t quite get trefilp, halfcab heel or fakie heel. I ended on a backside flip that took way too many tries. The smaller board with tighter trucks felt great for flip tricks. Dave had a really good fakie 360 shove, a bunch of lines with no comply 180, switch no comply 180, switch no comply shove all casual, cabs, front shoves, lots of kickflips, No treflips unfortunately. That trick is hard when it’s windy. I left back for work feeling hyped. It’s been awhile since I’ve landed so many tricks.

(setup 8.25″ null rabethica deck, venture wides, bones stf v5 52mm, 3 washers on the outside, venom 91a bushings, new balance numeric 212 green size 11, powerfeet pinnacle orthotic insole)

skate journal: back on ventures!!! life is better. short roll at the school (nov 14, 2017)

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

Feeling exhausted from a long night/morning at work I rolled over to the school on a breezy night. I played on the curb for a few minutes doing different stalls then went behind the school to the rock section above. I just did stalls back and forth then started trying to ride across the closer ledge the narrow way. It’s scary for me to ollie onto something that ends quickly. Landing it felt really cool. Then I tried a longer line of halfcab flip, ollie onto the further one the long way, then the closer one the short way. Never got it, and got too tired and the wind was getting me so I pushed home. I really like having these rocks there, I feel like it’s helping my ollies.

(setup null rabethica 8.5″ deck, venture 5.8, venom 88a bushings, spitfire f4 99a 53mm classics, bones swiss, nbnumeric 212 navy size 11, powerfeet pinnacle orthotic)

skate journal: solo louisville on a cool night (nov 6, 2017)

Posted in New Deck, New Trucks, New Wheels, setup change, Skate Journal on November 7th, 2017 by corpo

Went to Louisville park after a constructive night of loading footage and helping with dishes. There were a couple scooter kids when I got there. The temperature was slightly above freezing, but it didn’t feel that cold. I had a whole new complete so I expected and had a slow start. My first ride on grind was fun because of how fast my new Indys grinded. Indys? Yeah I’m trying them. I’ve really been liking the 8.5″, but wanted to reduce the wheelbase a little. Indys have a narrower wheelbase then Ventures. Simple solution. I also got the 8.25″ trucks so I would get a tiny bit quicker of a flip. Yes I’m a nerd. Back to skating, it took a bit before I started ollieing and stuff, but once I did it felt good. Got front 50s right away, noseslides, baby ollies. A skater showed up around now that flew around the bowls and wouldn’t say hello to save his life. I tried some lines as always and a bunch of silly tricks I only do when basically no one is around. Like ollies over the hip that I would normally be too embarrassed to do. My fav line was front shove on flat, crook the ledge, roll in to the snake run then a few back 50s and rock ‘n rolls. Had some fun fakie flips, got a halfcab noseslide, switch noseslides, but couldn’t do the over the top back 50. Got front 50, front 50 front 180 out, front 5-0, front 50 shove. Carved the pool a little. Got kickflip to fakie and backside on the bank, somewhat close to treflip fakie, didn’t get treflip on flat either. It was still a fun night though. Another skater had come and gone. At the end it was just me and an owl up on a light pole. It was cool. The indys seemed good, although stiff. It might be because I chose harder bushings or because it below freezing by the end of the night.

(setup 8.5″ null rabethica, indy black titanium 144s, spitfire f4 classic 53mm yellow/orange swirl, 4 washers inside each axle, venom 94a bushings, bones swiss, lakai manchester grey size 11.5, spenco thinsole, adidas majerus insole)

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)