skate journal: short flatground in front of the house with new stuff (aug 2, 2017)

Posted in New Deck, New Shoes, Skate Journal on August 3rd, 2017 by corpo

533v2 nbnumeric

Went out in front of the house for a bit on a really nice night and totally struggled in new stuff. I had the new 533v2 shoes (thanks Tytus!) and a new 8.25 Jack deck. The shoes are more comfy for sure, but different. I didn’t get much chance to break them in so they were extra stiff. Got some kickflips, shoves, halfcab flip, but it took awhile. Landed on a couple treflips, but didn’t get one. Then just hucked one of every trick for a bit. Got close to a few, but never got any more tricks.

(setup 8.25 null jack spanbauer 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 533v2 black/white/gold 11.5, spenco 3/4 thinsoles with stock insoles)

skate journal: broomfield park with fuzz and rob and a beautiful night (aug 1. 2017)

Posted in Skate Journal on August 2nd, 2017 by corpo

Met up with Rob and Fuzz at Broomfield park a little after 8pm. There were a couple skaters, but mostly just scooters and bikers. But they mostly stayed out of our way so it was pretty awesome. I thought I would feel great, but was much more sore than I anticipated. This seems to happen after I take a day off of skating now. Guess I should stop doing that. Fuzz and Rob went in on the parking block ollie to manual to shove again. Fuzz would get it. So sick. I slammed trying to ollie the parking block. Man, I had no pop. Rob had a killer long line pretty early on. I don’t remember it exactly, but I think it started with a fast back 50, then a shove, then a front shove, then a front 50 on the black ledge, then a front board on the brown ledge. I had gotten a no comply flip first try. I didn’t really skate too well, but I had fun. Things I was happy with was halfcab noseslide on the black ledge, a few flippers. I took too long to do a boardslide transfer though. Fuzz did a sick line of manual, quick boardslide then back 50 front 180 out. He also did such a perfect halfcab noseslide. Robsoffire had a pretty funny fall with a bean plant off the black ledge into a steezy push up. We ended on a game of SKATE where Rob and I got some letters on tricks we can normally do. Fuzz took it pretty easy. He did a 3 shove, switch front shove, fakie flip, halfcab flip and beat me with a heelflip. I came close to both tries, but for whatever reason didn’t land them. Oh well. Fun night with the dudes.

(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: 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

#thestubborns

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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: yellow curbs with fuzz, chad and rob and some brief 3 up/down (july 29, 2017)

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

@43shifty 🔥🔥🔥 #robsoffire #thestubborns #photoapprovedbyrob

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Rain was threatening in Boulder and I went to Broomfield right when a sprinkle started up. Doh. I had really wanted to skate some type of bank, but Yellow Curbs it was ( I wasn’t really bummed). We got to the spot and a couple other dudes were there. We mostly skated the other side of the garage. Everyone seemed to get warmed up at a decent rate. Fuzz had a pretty epic manual backside 180 out were the board was almost primo on the 180 part. Rob manuals easy, nose manual 180. Chad showed up and was fun to skate with. We all kind of hit the “ledge” for a bit as a start to a line. Fuzz and Chad noseslides, Rob front noses, me “switch” front noses. Those other dudes had waxed up the main grind ledge with deodorant. It was crazy slick. All of us shot out the first time. Chad had some nice long front 50s. I just did slappy crooks oh and got lucky on a front 50 back 180 once. It was actually in a decent line for me and Fuzz yelled across the garage that he was hyped on it. We had a funny conversation from a distance before I skated back that way. I won the race to kickflip up/down. Rob was trying ollie up, wallie/nollie to manual. He put in a lot of work and would eventually get it so good. He made me want to retire my Team Sweat Stain status since he had turned a light gray shirt into a dark gray shirt. Chad had ollied over a ledge pretty easily. He had to leave. At one point I got a hands down treflip which made me happy. I was actually skating and not in an insane amount of pain. I filmed Rob and Fuzz try some lines. Both would be successful. Both were awesome. Then Fuzz filmed me get a no comply flip out of the starting gate. It felt rad.

3 up 3 down louisville

Then we stopped at Crisis for a bit and ended up here. We were all pretty beat, but Rob went right to work with no comply up and bean plant down. He toyed with no complys to manual to firecracker. I dorked around on the stairs. At first I was so stiff and awkward that I thought I’d get hurt, but I would eventually be able to ollie again. I was happy my body got going again just for the fact that it meant I’m doing better. Fuzz didn’t really skate much. Understandable. Fun day with these dudes.

(setup 8.25″ null rabethica deck, venture 5.2 AWAKE lows, venom 90a bushings, 1/8″ 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 sole tech insoles)

skate journal: short garage manuals and little ledge (july 28, 2017)

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

On a rainy Friday I went into the garage for a short one. Did a few manuals. Then put LLL (Little Legendary Ledge) out. Did a few back 50s, back 5-0s then tried back nosegrind. I thought I did a few, but it looks more like a crook. At least I’m not pinching it, oh well.

skate journal: painful broomfield park with rob and fuzz (july 27, 2017)

Posted in Skate Journal on July 28th, 2017 by corpo

fuzz

Went to Broomfield park on a nice night. Rob was there first. Then a bunch of scooter kids and bikers. My knees were incredibly sore. I was trying PJ shoes with FP insoles to see if they would help. Nope. Rob was shredding already. Kickflips, nose manuals, back 50s, front boards, switch boardslides. Fuzz showed. Stoked. Fuzz coined Rob as “Robs Of Fire”. Now that’s a complement. After some warming up we all got first try kickflips. Fuzz struggled manualling the blue box, but no problems on the black box. He had some quick feet 180s up and halfcab off the blue box. We all mostly skated the blue box, quartapotty, black box, flat. There was a dude there doing some amazing flip tricks. Rick flips, fakie bs back heel, inward heel, nollie inward, really popped heelflips and he did heelflip and hardflip mannys first try. So sick. I struggled, but there were a few things that cheered me up. First try halfcab noseslide on the black box, crooks black box, and some noseslides on the brown ledge where I was actually posted up on it. I think we all got halfcab flips. Fuzz got heelflip, fakie 50 blue box, back 50 death defy the black box. After awhile Fuzz and Rob started trying ollie over the parking block to manual to shove out. Neither would get it. It was cool seeing Fuzz try so hard though. He was so close, but never quite got it. I love skating with those dudes even when I’m in pain and can hardly skate.

(setup 8.25″ null rabethica deck, venture 5.2 AWAKE lows, venom 90a bushings, 1/8″ 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 sole tech insoles)

skate journal: brief meet up curb then redder curbs with dave (july 26, 2017)

Posted in New Wheels, Skate Journal on July 27th, 2017 by corpo

The rain was threatening. I had chilled with Liz for awhile then went to meet Dave (and hopefully Carleigh but she ended up not making it) at the meet up curb on campus. I was way more sore than I expected. Each ollie hurt, so I tried to avoid them for awhile. But you can only do so many slappy crooks. Oh yeah, I had some new wheels. 51mm Spit 101a F4. They felt big. Add in a 1/8″ riser and some different old NB shoes and that added to the struggle. I was like 0-5 on kickflips and kind of rolled my ankle on one. Dave was doing back 50s, ride on front tails, slappy noseslides and stuff. I was trying back 180 off the little kicker then switch front crook on the curb. It never worked, it was hard to land and be setup for the curb. Then it started pouring.

#thestubborns #almost

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So we went to Redder Curbs and had to warm up all over again. We did a few runs around the garage before sticking with no comply flips. Dave got his first. Can’t believe how close we got to back to back. That would have been so awesome. I really struggled with kickflips. My legs were hurting so bad. I think this is it for vulcs again. I would eventually kickflip over the parking block, but it was not easy and I was squatting for like 20 feet after since my legs could barely handle it. Ugh. Dave got a switch no comply over the parking block. He had some good back 50s on the kinked curb, slappy crooks, slappy feebles. I had a couple slow front 50s. Almost gave up on skating, but decided to stretch. It helped, but not much. Then we hucked 360 flips off a little kicker for awhile. Dave got insanely close once. I hurt too much so I sat and watched Dave.

(setup 8.25″ null rabethica deck, venture 5.2 AWAKE lows, venom 90a bushings, 1/8″ riser, spitfire 101a 51mm F4 wheels, 3 washers on the inside of each axle, nbnumeric 344 white size 11.5 with spenco 3/4 thinsole and footprints 5mm kingfoam insoles)

skate journal: omaha park with dan, joe and matt on a warm evening (july 24, 2017)

Posted in Skate Journal on July 27th, 2017 by corpo

After a long hot day at the zoo without eating (no GF DF options) I met Joe, Dan and Eric at the Omaha part on a hot evening. I was late so they were already warmed up. I had originally thought I wouldn’t be able to skate at all, but my foot started feeling better. Unlike the previous day I would struggle with crooks. Lame! Dan had to leave, but not before he did a front 50 to manual to boardslide. So good. Matt and Joe were rifling off their ledge tricks. Both are so good. I took a long time to land anything, but had a brief period of okness. Did a slow halfcab noseslide then a kickflip on the bottom of the qp. Also a switch front noseslide then a switch noseslide shove out. Joe did front 5-0 to front board. Matt lipslid the rail. Joe got a line of front 50 shove the tall ledge then fakie flip the bank. Matt got nollie back heel on the bank. I did a kickflip on it but couldn’t get the noseslide 270 shove. A couple tries were close. What a perfect ledge for it.

We played a game of skate. Joe and matt got me with non-flip tricks. Those lame-ohs. Ha ha. It was fun, but matt did nollie 3 shoves both ways. I tried 360 flips after that and couldn’t quite get them. Matt got a perfect switch tre though! Amazing. Fun session. Those dudes rule.

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

skate journal: omaha park on a hot sunday morning (july 23, 2017)

Posted in Skate Journal on July 27th, 2017 by corpo

omaha nebraska skatepark

I arrived on a hot morning to a heated old guy session. There was about 10 dudes these ripping. Now when I say old I only mean 30 something. If that. But for Omaha it’s old. Most of the skaters I see there are really young. So I was a little intimidated and mostly messed around for awhile. Got a bs flip on the bank, some bean plants, etc. On the ledge I was 100% on crooks. Felt rad! Did a lot of switch noseslides. Eventually the crowd thinned out and I felt a little looser. Ollied onto the taller ledge, got some slow front 50s on the regular ledge, almost no comply flip the parking block. My back foot PF really started hurting. Ugh. I got an ollie onto the taller ledge and 180’d off. I left a big sweaty mess.

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

skate journal: downtown denver with joe, damon, fuzz and damon (july 20, 2017)

Posted in Skate Journal on July 27th, 2017 by corpo

Joe, Damon and I went to Crisis then after some chilling we ended up at Safeway ledge. Warming up was whatever then Joe called out a game of SKATE on the ledge. It ended up being pretty fun. I was bummed on bailing back 50s, but first try front 50 shove, halfcab noseslide, fakie 50 felt good. Joe did a fakie smith to forward. Damon and I got some funny versions where we landed in grind and fell off. But they counted! Joe won the game on a nollie front 50. Then we messed around for awhile. Joe got a front smith. Damon fakie flip front tail. I got switch noseslide 270 out.

Fuzz showed and we were off to denver. Apparently it had rained some and civic was wet. We ended up at the metal grate spot and we skated it like the dorks we are. Well, some of us. Damon was doing fakie ollies in and out. Fuzz, Joe and I were doing ollies in, stalls on the inside curbs, and coming out randomly. It was fun once I was warmed up enough to ollie the little curb. Yeah, it took awhile. Ugh. I ended up doing ollie in, wallie nollie then no comply grab out. The wallie nollie felt great. Joe and Fuzz did a million tricks. Pivots, smith, shove, etc. Fuzz had the hot boneless wallride. Dave had shown. He was doing more ollies on nearby ledges, but the fakie wallride was sick. Joe had is ollie out and my knee didn’t like that. It would spell the end of my night.

Well, after some slappys on a nearby curb/ledge. Damon went off. Front 50, 180 out, shove out. Joe 50d it. Dave slappy crook and almost boardslide to fakie. Fuzz switch noseslide.

We eventually got the boot and ended at this bank to curb with some homeless people. It was a little surreal, but awesome. Joe and Damon skated. The rest of us hung out while they drank and smoked crack. It was crazy. One dude knew a lot about skating.

We hit the Wells Fargo slappy curbs for a bit, well, everyone but fuzz and I. We talked about how we’ve started to understand how people stop skateboarding. We aren’t there yet, but it hurts so much and is getting so much harder. Which is kind of funny because Dave is older and he kept on ripping. Slappy feeble! The last spot was a fun watch. Damon and dave hit the 3 stair to quick drop. Daves ollie then back 180 was amazing.

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