From last weekend. From left to right. Me, Bernie, Brian, Lazer, Jason, Neil, Carleigh and Dave Fuller with the coffin.
Looking like another warm Saturday. A million phone calls were made and three cars of TFers migrated to Longmont to meet at Fullers ramp. The crew was Carleigh, Neil, Lazer, Jake, Jason, Bernie, Brian, Dave, Alec, Brandon and Jason. Jake got the session going with a marathon run with tons of good tricks. Remembering what everyone did two days ago is going to be impossible but I’ll try to remember at least a few from each. Neil, took a really long time to do a boardslide on the parking block side, has super good front disasters, did his best not to snake people too much. Brian, his white shirt was brown by the first run, love the fakie feeble 270 trick that I don’t really understand, did a beanplant to fakie I think (?) and a million more tricks. Jake was trying noseblunts on the parking block side, that pretty much says it all right there. He’s getting really good and landed almost every trick I’ve seen him do. Carleigh had some of the best back 50s I’ve seen her do. All fast. I don’t think she likes that ramp very much though. Alec and Brandon are the skate camp kids that Neil pays to be his friend (ha). They seemed sketched at first, but eventually were lining out the basics. Everyone knows Dave has the best style ever. Add a big bag of tricks and you have solid gold. Super good backside boneless and a ton more. Lazer was hyped and ripping. No stand out tricks I can remember, but that’s probably because he did too many. I skated it pretty good for me after a slow warm up period. Got some boardslides on the block side, front ds, can’t do smith grinds. Bernie took like 2 runs total. One where he slammed immediately and one where he was flailing around then did a perfect front tailslide on the parking block side.
Then we went to this bank and manny pad spot. We got the boot pretty quick. Not before Brian did a f/s wallride though! Neil and maybe Lazer got regular wallrides? I posed kickflip wallrides. Bernie did a cool manual.
Then we hit this bank spot. Everyone was playing on it initially. Brian almost got his back 540 on comply. That trick rules. Lazer did a proper kickflip with a backside rotation. Bernie did hardflip to fakie, f/s 360 kickflip and a few more flippers. Dave killed it! Cab bigspin! Boneless to tail, switch nose stall, steez. Carleigh was kind enough to film for awhile. During that time period I happened to get a bigflip and a noseslide on the low bar. Thanks Carleigh! I also got a fakie flip, but my switch mongo pushing was bad enough for Jason to laugh. Maybe I wont be giving up on that switch pushing after all Jack. Neil got pissed, got pissed, then landed a halfcab heel which as Brian pointed out is a trick we’ve never seen him do so why get upset? It was sick regardless though. Branden went buck trying to front 50 the low bar and landed a couple after holding on to the top bar and coming to a halt. Carleigh had a few ollies and was getting remotely close to 180 nosegrinds on the low bar. Then we took a group photo and called it a day. Super fun.
Congrats to Fuzz and Leslie! One of the cutest couples out there.
Lots of fun was had all day and at the reception. Can’t believe our son Jack got kicked out. Geez, what bad parents Liz and I are. Ha, Jack and everyone else in this photo you rule!
Issue One of Nullozine print is done! While the name is similar to this blog (without the jr though) it isn’t the same thing. It’s a Colorado skate zine. Issue One is heavy on the Null tip, but we hope to expand outside of our circle in future issues. Super hyped for this! Dean is largely responsible for it happening and I am super grateful to him and the others that helped with this. They are now printed and we will have them at the Crisis art show this Saturday!
Congratulations to Fuzz and all the hard work he’s put in the last year with Crisis. Happy one year anniversary and thanks for all the support! The party will be a blast. The art show will feature art from lots of friends and family. And when I say family I don’t just mean Trick Factory or Null dudes (which is totally awesome family!), but I also mean my family, as in Liz and Ollie. Yes, they will have art there too. See you at Crisis Saturday night!
So hyped on this. Bernie edited it and did a bang up job. We had a blast.
Jason is the first in our crew to turn 40 and some celebrating was in order! First was dinner at Sherpas and Kathy came out from SF and made Jason a cake! Yum!
Next up was 40s since it was a 40th birthday party! Ok, so maybe Jason and Fuzz were the only ones drinking 40s. And maybe Fuzz is the only one that finished his. So yeah, maybe we’re all getting old.
Next night was an impromptu get together at Fuzz’s with pizza, beer and endless games of Cornhole. Neil and Fuzz were the undisputed champions winning something like 10 games in a row. Neil had his patented one leg in the air throw in effect.
I may have destroyed a couple cigarettes.
Anyways, happy birthday to Jason.
Lowcard montage from the Trick Factory dudes that can skate ramps. Pretty awesome.
But seeing as how Gordon said it was too big for him chances are pretty slim ..
It was supposed to be 55 degrees, sunny and warm. It wasn’t. Not until right before the sun went down. TF was going to the Lafayette park, but Liz was busy bringing India to her many social gatherings and I was with Ollie. I actually tried to push Ollie to go there, but he’s heard me complain about how crowded it gets and he’s pretty anti crowded parks like me. And besides, it was a Saturday which i don’t like spending at a skatepark. Later that evening Neil told me it was even too crowded for his taste. Wow. Anyways Ollie was wanting to wait for one of his friends to come over to skate, but I had enough of being inside and talked him into going to Southern Hills while we wait. The main bench area was dry, but totally covered in sand. Definitely one of the worst aspects of street skating in the winter even when the weather is nice. So we ended up skating this weird bank to curb. By weird I mean horrible. The approach was either rocks or cracks. But we had fun. Ollie did rock ‘n rolls on it and would go down the sidewalk a ways and dive into the grass. Kids rule. I tried a line of a manny on a horrible crack ridden manny pad, back 50 the bank to curb, then ollie off a little kicker. I never got all 3 in one line, but we didn’t stay too long. We went to the west side of southern hills and it turns out there is a perfect double sided ledge. I boardslid it into some water. We ollied some snow piles, then took off.We weren’t home, but for a few minutes before Ollie’s buddy Liam showed up. We left and went to a mellow banked loading dock spot around Araphoe & 35th. I was still pretty grumpy, unmotivated and very sore. I managed a lame line. Ollie a little flat gap, flat ground kickflip (since I can’t do any other tricks moving faster than 2mph), ollie into one of the banks, front 180 nose manny. Ollie and Liam were kinda just being silly. I tried to boardslide a flatbar, but didn’t get to as the kids went back around the corner and I felt like I should keep my eye on them. They were cruising down the long loading dock. I ollied onto it, then out of it. As bad as I was skating I was kinda happy to not have too many problems ollieing the taller part.Then we went to this spot. Ollie and Liam skated for awhile before just being funny guys and filming each other with Ollie’s camera. I had done a line of kickflip over a tiny pile of snow, ollie a small snow pile, ollie up the stage then front 180 off the taller part. I got the line, but the hardest thing was ollieing up onto it since the asphalt is bad and there is a big crack right where I land. After a bit I started trying to ollie the 2 stair rail. Turns out Ollie filmed it shaky cam style. You can click the image for the video. It’s very embarrassing. I look so old, fat, slow and unnatural it’s insane. I get really depressed watching that clip. I probably shouldn’t have uploaded it, but you can tell I was kinda hyped to ollie the rail. And since my goal this year is to learn to ollie hopefully I can look back and laugh at this one. Ollie’s angle doesn’t really show it, but I did go over it and yes, it’s only the second time I’ve ollied a rail. Before leaving I did a few tricks into the narrow downhill sidewalk that flows into the picnic tables. I ended with an ollie up the curb to real quick kickflip into the downhill. It was bad, but I was hyped and I followed it with a little front board jib on a picnic table bench.I went home and was so sore it’s insane. I could barely walk. I guess I should start skating new shoes as mine are dead. That night TF went off and we raged to celebrate John and Fuzz’s birthdays.Click the photo for more photos and the run down from Carleigh. It was an amazingly fun night. Lots and lots of laughs, beer, good music and friends. Happy Birthday dudes.