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)

skate journal: flatground then saul’s with good peeps (nov 30, 2017)

Posted in Skate Journal on November 30th, 2017 by corpo

Had the day off work again and slept til 9:30. Couldn’t believe it. It put me in a funk that was hard to get out of. After a hike with Liz and some lunch I met Rob and shortly after Dave at the dog park. It was cooler, but still nice out. Rob was already warmed up when I got there. He had a nice line of back 180, switch front 180 then b/s flip. My warm up went okay and I was trying flippers pretty quickly. I struggled with heelflips, but other tricks were working. Rob pulled out a couple plastic parking blocks from the fenced in area which made for some fun spracking options. We all did some basic spracks. It’s so fun. We put them about 10 feet apart so it was fun lining out wallies/no complies/spracks/flippers/180s/etc. Dave had some good fakie and regular shoves. Rob with back 180 then halfcab. He had a pretty good slam on a stop rock and another good slam on a kickflip attempt over a parking block. Doh. I got lucky with a first try fakie bigspin over one, a couple kickflips over. I was most hyped on flippers though. Got a first try fakie bigflip, a really sketch first try fakie heel with some heel drag, 360 flip with a hand down, nollie tre with some weird foot action. Rob took off. Dave settled into a line of back 180 sprack, switch back 180 sprack then either back bigspin or treflip attempt. He had done a casual varial flip earlier on too. I settled into a line of back 180 over a block then fakie treflip. I really wanted to get a fakie tre to complete the trifecta of treflips I can do (can’t do them switch). But we were running late to get to Saul’s, the sun was setting and I had to call it. I got super close. Wheel bite and lack of skill got me.

Dramatic slow motion @edhatesfun @skateboard_chicken @fullertrron

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Then we met Ed and Saul at Saul’s. I rode my 8.5″ setup with huge 53mm wheels (ha). Dave had a few of his roll ins to frontside grind and some really long boardslides. He had to take off pretty quickly. I didn’t skate too well. Got a few carve grinds, front slashes, but couldn’t do front disaster or a regular grind. It was fun though. Ed had a nice back disaster right when we got there and a nice tailblock. He also had a bunch of frontside grinds and had some fast lines. Saul had a couple of the best runs I’ve seen him do there. His patented quick carve grinds along with stand up back 50s, feeble, frontside bump over the hip, etc. It was sick. We skated about an hour. It was fun.

(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
Saul setup 8.5 Null Rabethica, Venture 58s, 53mm yellow/orange Spitfire F4 99a classics)

skate journal: post premiere unmotivated filmer glen (nov 29, 2017)

Posted in New Shoes, Skate Journal on November 30th, 2017 by corpo

It’s great having @nolancormier in town for a few days. Check his part in the @metaskateboards video!

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After a late morning of trying to sleep in after the Meta premiere I met Nolan at the shop. Then we went to this pond spot that I have somehow never been to. I had new shoes in hopes that a more supportive sole would help my heel feel better. It seemed to help. I basically only did axle stall, front tail and bean plant. The bean plant felt cool. I filmed Nolan get a rad line involving a switch flip, rock ride and pivot to fakie. Filming the line wasn’t easy, lots of swerving and quick pushes.

Then we went to Honey’s Hole in Louisville. I figured Nolan would like it. He did. We both kind of messed around for a bit. I was really tired at the time and didn’t really try much. Nolan started figuring out a line so we started filming. It took him quite awhile to get it, but man it was sick. Filming it was also a lot of work basically because it involved having to push really hard to catch up with him coming in from the sidewalk. Sick line. After he did that I skated a bit more. Got a weak sauce switch boardslide on the parking block, a few axle stalls on the tighter bank and a really weak front slash.

(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)

skate journal: flatground before the meta premiere (nov 28, 2017)

Posted in Skate Journal on November 30th, 2017 by corpo

Right after work I went to the Dog Park to meet Dave. I skated for about 30 minutes before he got there. In that time period I really didn’t land much of anything. I mean a few kickflips, fakie flip, halfcab flip, heelflip. But considering how many times I’ve done those and how many more tricks I’ve done I feel my count should be higher. I don’t remember getting much more then that although I know I landed something. Maybe a treflip with the hands down or something. Oh yeah, I was trying some thicker insoles so it did make things a little weird. It got dark real quick once Dave got there. Kind of a bummer. He had just started getting warmed up when we moved next to the one light. I lost interest as the shadow was too much. Dave got a nice varial flip. Then we headed our separate ways and met up later at the Meta vid.

(setup 8.25″ null maze deck, venture 5.8 lights black, 51mm spitfire f4 classic 99a, 3 washers on the outside, venom 91a bushings, new balance numeric 212 green size 11, remind chico cush orthotic insole)

skate journal: indian peaks on a beautiful day with dave and rob (nov 26, 2017)

Posted in Skate Journal on November 26th, 2017 by corpo

On a completely beautiful day I drove to Longmont to meet Rob and hopefully Dave at this lovely bank spot. I got there first and warmed up with the nollie shoves then fakie shoves. Rob arrived and warmed up with crailtaps and no complies. We both got backside flips, I got kickflip to fakie, Rob did a nollie shove 360 or bigspin (basically the board does 270 and you do 180). I got stuck on bigflip for awhile, but was rewarded with a first try varial flip to fakie. Well, kind of as drifted sideways in the landing. I battled frontside flips next around when Dave showed. I kind of got one. Dave warmed up with fakie shoves, back 360 ollie, and other shoves. I kind of landed a fakie flip then figured since everything was hard I’d try a treflip to fakie. I never landed one. I mean I guess I kind of landed on a couple, but the hands went down and even my low standards couldn’t count them. Rob was battling wallie/nollies at the same time. Except he would go on to land his. Such a rad trick. Dave was “lining it out” trying to get hyped for 360 flips. He was going frontside bigspins, front 360s, switch b/s ollies then going around the table area and coming back and trying 360 flips while going backside. He got sooo close! We chatted about movies for awhile then Rob took off. I was very sore, but did a few more easier tricks. No comply bigspin, Rob’s nollie shove 360 thing and a bad boneless to fakie. Dave tried more 360 flips and came close, then closed it with some wallie/nollies as I walked around without my shoes on trying to find a cool artsy angle to shoot a photo from. Fun day, but man I’m sore.

(setup 8.25″ null maze deck, venture 5.8 lights black, 51mm spitfire f4 classic 99a, 3 washers on the outside, venom 91a bushings, new balance numeric 212 green size 11, powerfeet pinnacle orthotic insole)

skate journal: more campus with dave and rob (nov 25, 2017)

Posted in Skate Journal on November 26th, 2017 by corpo

Another nice November day. Rob, Dave and I were to meet at noon at the banked ledge. I got there first after a few slappy crooks on the yellow parking lot curb that put me in a good mood. Although I was very sore after yesterdays awesomeness. I got to the banked ledge first. I was feeling really stiff so I decided to line out some long basic lines. Like 180s, no pop fakie shoves, etc. I was still feeling some of the motivation though and quickly mixed in some flippers. I never got the whole long line I wanted, but I got close. It was fun starting with 180s over the metal grate. Rob was there next. He did some cool long manuals up and around a nearby sidewalk, some manuals on the manny pad, wallie grinds on the ledge, ollie to wallride below the ledge and more. Dave started out with manuals then took longer than normal for him to do a slappy crooks. We moved on to hit the curb I skated yesterday, but ended up hitting the tall ledge (above). Sorry for such a terrible photo, but Rob was trying boardslides. Not sure if he rode away from home, but he did get a first try noseslide. Dave got a few noseslides to fakie and maybe a front noseslide or two. I got a couple noseslides and couldn’t ollie onto it. Then we ended up at the curb. It didn’t seem quite as fun as before, but that whole area is cool so we had fun. I tried to line out a slappy, boardslide the flagstone bench then wallie/nollie out of the bank. Never got the wallie/nollie. Dave was trying pop shove noseslides on the top curb, but ended up doing it to front crook instead. Ha. Rob is still getting used to new trucks, did some axle stalls and stuff, but wasn’t feeling feng shui at the spot. Ha. Dave and I also tried to do the little narrow path gap, but didn’t really try. I tried to line out a bean plant off the 3, but it became too painful so I just ollie instead. Then Rob and Dave had to leave. I sat for a bit thinking I would skate more, but decided to just head home too.

(setup 8.25″ null maze deck, venture 5.8 lights black, 51mm spitfire f4 classic 99a, 3 washers on the outside, venom 91a bushings, new balance numeric 212 green size 11, powerfeet pinnacle orthotic insole)

skate journal: solo fun fest on campus (nov 24, 2017)

Posted in Favorite, Skate Journal on November 26th, 2017 by corpo

Figured I’d be working most of the day considering the first call came in at 5am. But that was it. After some breakfast and shopping with my mom I took advantage of no work and bolted to campus. I parked up near the kill and crossed under Broadway. I started out at UMC bailing a 3 stair ollie then went into the nosepick. I’m not sure whey I decided to film everything but I guess it helped the solo motivation. The nosepick took a really long time. Mainly because it took me forever to get the front axle stall first. That crack in the setup is a killer. Also, somehow in my pocket I had activated some voice reading on my work phone so I kept thinking I was getting called for work. Took me awhile to figure out how to disable that. I haven’t done a nosepick in awhile, it felt cool. Then I went up to the drama building (I think?) bank. The rock kickfilp out is fun, took awhile, but less than the nosepick. The walllie/nollie was great fun. Then I skated that flagstone ledge which is pretty tall. Boardslides are easy, but crooks are weird because it king of sticks. I took me awhile to get a crooks that felt good. I was bummed to see how it looked though. Oh well. The slappy crooks was alright. That new curb is fun. I saw the guy that waxed it up , Blake hitting the curved hill ledge. But I wasn’t wanting to jump that high so I rolled back down into campus kind of looking for something new, but ended up at the rec center. The noseslide and noseslide to fakie were fun. I also did what I thought was a crooks, but when I saw the clip I quickly hit delete. I wanted to hit the bank, but decided I would first try to ollie a rock. Man what a battle. I know it doesn’t look tall and it isn’t tall, but it was a serious battle for me. I would do flip tricks on the way back to the starting point to hopefully hype me up. Had a couple heelflips that felt fun, but not much else worked. I was very relieved when I finally landed the ollie. Then I went down to the bank where I quickly learned backside fastplant then tried front heels for like 20 minutes. Some elderly lady asked me why I skate when I could get hurt. Ugh. I was happy when she left. I have never done a front heel on a bank. One could argue that I still haven’t, but I felt happy to get that close at least. This was one of my favorite skate days. I’m not sure where the motivation came from, but it felt great.

(setup 8.25″ null maze deck, venture 5.8 lights black, 51mm spitfire f4 classic 99a, 3 washers on the outside, venom 91a bushings, new balance numeric 212 green size 11, powerfeet pinnacle orthotic insole)