skate journal: broomfield park with the scooters and headphones (march 10, 2018)

Posted in New Shoes, Skate Journal on March 11th, 2018 by corpo

On a breezy day I went to Broomfield park on a whim after lounging around on a breezy day. I got there around 2pm and was the only person with a skateboard for quite some time. There were a bunch of scooter kids and several bikers. Why don’t kids ride skateboards anymore? Anyway, I was wearing new shoes, another pair of Busenitz vulc. They felt good surprisingly and I warmed up quickly having more pop than I figured I would. I had front 50s on the black box consistently, got front shove out first try, front 180 out first try. Had some lines. That park is fun with the lines. After awhile another skater showed at least. He wore headphones. And then a few more skaters. Two of which were incredibly annoying and wore headphones and never stopped or rotated or cared about anyone else. I just kind of avoided what they were skating. I had a couple terrible back 50s on the blue box, halfcab nose the black box, basic quartapotty tricks, crooks the black box, tried front nosegrind on the blue box for a bit, but never fully committed, did okay with the basic flips, boardslid the flatbar a bunch, actually skated the flow bowl for awhile and was scared dropping in (guess it’s been a long time since I’ve skated tranny other than Saul’s). I ended with a fun line attempt of switch front 180 into the mellow bank then noseslide 270 shove the black box. Never go the 270 shove, but I was close. I left in quite a bit of pain, I don’t think those Gamechangers is cutting it.

(setup 8.125″ null maze deck, venture 5.25 awake lows, 52mm bones stf v5, bones medium bushings, adidas busenitz vulc burgundy size 11.5, fp gamechanger insoles)

skate journal: flatground friday with a fun crew and a strong breeze (march 9, 2018)

Posted in Skate Journal on March 9th, 2018 by corpo


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I got to Blue Skies first. I was so sore I didn’t think I’d be able to skate. But I flailed around and around the time Ed showed up I was trying tricks. Jake showed up next, grabbed Ed and they went down to the park for a bit. Then Dave and Aki showed up. I was feeling better. I was trying some three trick lines and I had a few starting with basics. Front shove, kickflip, pop shove. No comply 180, fakie flip, halfcab flip. And around the time Ed and Jake joined I pieced together 4 tricks and it felt awesome. Halfcab flip, heelflip, b/s flip, fakie varial flip. That would be enough to hype me up for the rest of the session. Which is good because I don’t think I really landed anything else, I got close to f/s halfcab heel and flip. Aki had some good lines too with kickflips, shoves, nollie flip, he got a 360 flip. Jake struggled with 360 flips, but would get one. He had f/s flips, halfcab flip. Ed was cruising around with steezy ollies, got a couple kickflips, 180s and smiling a lot. Dave was struggling with kickflips at first, but had lines with varial flip and a first try fakie varial flip. I had to leave when they all started playing a game of SKATE. Man I wanted in on that. Dave gave me the scoop, it appears he won it with some switch no complys. You get it Dave!

(setup 8.125″ null maze deck, venture 5.25 awake lows, 52mm bones stf v5, bones medium bushings, new balance numeric 212 green size 11, fp gamechanger insoles)

skate journal: blue skies struggles with dave and aki on a beautiful day (march 8, 2018)

Posted in Skate Journal on March 8th, 2018 by corpo

Finally not so busy at work and got out for a lunch break to see the sun. I got there first. Today I went with the old 212s again, but with the Gamechanger insoles. They felt good. That shoe is so wide I love it. I wish the sole had a bit more cushion though. Anyway, warming up felt okay. I had some good pushes, ollie/nollies on the bank, kickflip first try on flat. Dave got there shortly after me and then to our delight Aki showed up. I started trying boardslide shoves which I’ve never done. I thought I’d get it, but then it seemed harder to obtain, then close for one or two, then gone. Dave was doing cool combos boardsliding the snake rail then hitting the flat bar. Boardslide to fakie then switch boardslide back to switch! Nice front 50s on the little ledge, fakie 3 shove on the bank, kcifklip fakie on the bank. The boardslide on the snake then front 50 on the flatbar got away from him, but he got it without the line. Lots of kickflips too. Aki gets better everytime he skates. I’m jealous. I need to get better at pushing myself. Anyway, Aki, ripping. Did front board shove on the flat bar, had a really long line of front lip the flat bar, front 50 the ledge, crooks the ledge, front 50 transfer the snake rail. Whoa! He also front 50’d the tall main ledge, front 50 the flat bar, crooks the flat bar. I was probably pretty depressing to be around because once again I mentally could not commit to front 50s on the low ledge. I would eventually get one, and it took a line to do it. Slow noseslide the flat bar, heelflip on flat (had a couple that felt good), then front 50. I got on a couple more front 50s, but it was time for me to go, almost got a shove out of one. I dropped in on the hubba, had a couple slow noseslides on taller ledges, great feeling halfcab flip, close to treflip, ollied the flatbar, it wasn’t a total loss. Thanks for staying positive Dave when I’m struggling like this. You were ripping. I should mention that I was very happy with my setup.

(setup 8.125″ null maze deck, venture 5.25 awake lows, 52mm bones stf v5, bones medium bushings, new balance numeric 212 green size 11, fp gamechanger insoles)

skate journal: research ledge sucking (march 6, 2018)

Posted in New Deck, Skate Journal on March 7th, 2018 by corpo

Tired from a busy day at work I went out to skate with some new and old stuff. I had a new deck (8.1 this time) and had put some old STFs on. The board and wheels felt great. But the shoe/insole game is a constant struggle for me. Orthotics or not? Cupsoles or vulc? Argh. This night I went with the thinnest shoes in my quiver and some flat insoles. NB 212 with FP 5mm insoles. They felt good, but very thin. I didn’t feel good out of the gate. And it didn’t really get better. The ledge had sand all around it so that didn’t help. I got some noseslides and noseslide to fakie to get started. Then I wanted to do back 50. Bad choice. Just like Sunday I wasn’t able to do one. I tried for awhile too. The worst part is I wasn’t even getting close. I eventually gave up and cheered myself up a little with a couple crooks. I randomly tried nollie back 360s which I got close to and cabs which I didn’t get as close to. I did manage a quick jib front 50, posted up on some front noseslides that stuck, got a couple bad halfcab noseslides, a switch front nose. Hucked a few flippers. My legs felt good for awhile, then got really tired. At the end I hucked noseslide back 270 out and noseslide front 270 shove out. I got remotely close to the 270 shove out. Depressing night.

(setup 8.125″ null maze deck, venture 5.25 awake lows, 52mm bones stf v5, bones medium bushings, new balance numeric 212 green size 11, fp 5mm flat insoles)

Nick Matthews wins last week

Posted in Best video part of the week on March 6th, 2018 by corpo

You know when Venture puts out a part it’s gonna be good. Nick Matthews is no exception. Great music and great street skating combine for a super fun part.

And yes I know Nyjah put out this part last week too. There is no chance this could win because of the filming/editing. Not that I really even care for handrail parts, so it wouldn’t win even if it was filmed decently. But seriously, Ty Evans, you made this part unwatchable.

skate journal: marathon day with the squirrel bros, dave and hayden (march 4, 2018)

Posted in Skate Journal on March 5th, 2018 by corpo

Trying to get Ollie out of the house turned into me bringing him and 3 friends on a mission to MRKT and more. We started by meeting Dave at Rocky Mtn Elem. Dave was there before us and piecing together a nice line of ollie the flat gap, kickflip on flat, noseslide, 180 nose manual a brick median. I had some better than normal feeling slappys and a crooked grind. Ollie dropped in on the kinked brick section pretty easily. Gabe was going for it and tried to ollie the sidewalk gap. I can’t believe he was committing. It was rad. Sam and Otto were cruising. Dave and I posted up at the sidewalk gap for awhile. Not shown are the big cracks on both sides of the gap that messed with things. Even with my huge 52mm wheels. Ha ha. Dave was going for gap to manual which he got. I was trying to ollie over the cone which I never got, although I did land it while knocking down the cone.

Then we went to Northside after lunch and MRKT. It was pretty mellow. Bo, Hayden, Peyton and Jacoby were there. Those dudes all rule. Ollie and Gabe got up on the MJ ledge quick. Ollie got a pop shove to fakie. It was rad. All of the Squirrel Bros skated the park. They were up on top, cruising, it was rad. Ollie had a bunch of carves on the brink bank to ledge ride. I did a lot of chatting for awhile. Then cruised pretty chill not doing much. I had the little cruiser line of wallie, ollie on the bump, axle stall the barrier and a first try roll in to the halfpipe area that hyped me up. Then I filmed Hayden try f/s flips for awhile. Then it got windy and the kids wanted something else anyway so we went to Spring Canyon.

Which was incredibly windy. We skated though. Bo was filming Hayden on the ledge and I wanted to skate the ledge so those are my embarrassing tricks. I couldn’t even land a back 50. Ugh. Hayden had the smoothest back nosegrind back 180. Hayden rips. The SBs were having fun. Ollie’s coffin was rad. Bo ripped the bowl way harder than I imagined. I got a bit of a fire near the end and did the boardslide transfer that Dave got me to do a long time ago. On one attempt I almost killed a scooter kid in the bowl with my board shooting out. Yikes. Landing it hyped me up as I hadn’t done much all day. Hayden’s gap to nose manual is bonkers. He rips and it was fun skating with him. I had worn some FP Gamechanger insoles. I can’t tell if I was more or less sore after skating than the day before. Argh. I wish shoes/insoles weren’t such a battle for me.

(setup 8.25″ null monico deck, venture 5.25 awake lows, 52mm spitfire F4 101a classic shape, 3 washers on the inside of each axle, bones medium bushings, adidas busenitz vulc white/blue size 11.5, fp gamechanger insoles)

skate journal: epic crew at an epic spot. hip spot in denver (march 3, 2018)

Posted in Favorite, Skate Journal on March 5th, 2018 by corpo

On another gorgeous day Jack and Carleigh picked me up, we met up with Fuzz and Kevin and we went to this spot in Denver. Apparently it’s normally covered in dirt and the city just came through and cleaned it out. Jack’s board went into the water first try. That would happen to everyone’s board at some point. It took some getting used to. My ollies were so pathetic, they were just like little tail scrapes, but I did get a kickflip pretty quick. Jack too. It was surprising to see flip trick master Kevin struggle with kickflips. Fuzz got front 360 quick. After I took too long to do a front shove I filmed Fuzz and everyone else for awhile. Carleigh put down a few pop shoves. Chelsea almost put down some crazy popped kickflips. Kevin had a sick hardflips. Jack did a bunch of tricks like 360 flip, varial flip, impossible and the coveted kickflip late shove. Then I started skating again and eventually I started trying varial flips which seemed like it would be easy. I’ve never done it over a backside hip before. It wasn’t easy. Carleigh was throwing backside flips. It was crazy because she didn’t look close for awhile and then put her feet on it once or twice and then she did it a few tries later. So sick. She did another one too. Both were perfect. Kevin was going in on nollie f/s flips and it took awhile. It was just Carleigh, Kevin and I still trying tricks. Oh yeah, Billy was there earlier. He was mostly chilling, but would take his cruiser for some casual crushing and almost did f/s flip over the hip. Carleigh tried straight kickflips for awhile. Kevin and I were so close so many times. He got a perfect one. Then it was just me skating feeling lame for taking so long and wanting to quit, but thankfully Jack kept encouraging me to try so I did. I finally landed it and it felt really cool. Lots of times when you finally land a newish trick (done plenty of varial flips, but not ever a backside hip and definitely not over a somewhat gnarly street hip) the first make feels weird, but this one just felt great. I was hyped. Kevin had started skating again and worked on switch backside flip for a minute before doing such a good one. Then we went on a journey around the corner to a mexican restaurant and enjoyed some good food and margs. Awesome day. I was incredibly sore after which is the only negative. Not sure I should be without orthotics while skating.

(setup 8.25″ null monico deck, venture 5.25 awake lows, 52mm spitfire F4 101a classic shape, 3 washers on the inside of each axle, bones medium bushings, adidas busenitz vulc white/blue size 11.5, stock insoles)

skate journal: weird flatground friday with dave at blue skies (march 2, 2018)

Posted in Skate Journal on March 5th, 2018 by corpo

On an absolutely gorgeous day I got out of work pretty early and met Dave at Blue Skies. It was seriously so nice out. There was a crew of younger skaters at the actual skatepark, but we were doing flatground friday so we went to the hockey rink. At first we had the park all to ourselves, but then at times there were several young scooter/bike kids and then some people using the hockey rink for what it’s intended for. Dave started off on fire. Skating fast and landing everything. It took me a bit to start committing, but out of nowhere a nollie tre happened it felt so awesome. It’s been awhile for that trick. Then Dave and I went into a funk for awhile of not really landing anything. I mean we landed stuff, but it was mostly just setup tricks to bail harder tricks. Ha. I couldn’t get a 360 flip. I was trying lines of shove, kickflip, heelflip, but struggled with the heelflip. Dave had a lot of kickflips, cabs, shoves, switch shove, a perfect back bigspin, varial flips, struggled with fakie varial flip then did a perfect one and his second f/s halfcab flip. I don’t remember getting passed the basic warmups other than the early nollie tre. But man that nollie tre felt good.

(setup 8.25″ null monico deck, venture 5.25 awake lows, 52mm spitfire F4 101a classic shape, 3 washers on the inside of each axle, bones medium bushings, adidas busenitz vulc white/blue size 11.5, stock insoles)

lacey baker wins last week

Posted in Best video part of the week on March 2nd, 2018 by corpo

I love long lines with lots of flipper in them.

skate journal: random ledges and some flat without orthotics (march 1, 2018)

Posted in Skate Journal on March 2nd, 2018 by corpo

Went to go skate the bikepath/hip spot, but it’s no longer lit at night. The nearby Pearl ledge had snow and water around it. Ended up at the nearby bus station. Went to this little ledge and stayed put for 30 minutes or so. I was not wearing my orthotic insoles. I’ve been reading a lot about how you shouldn’t wear them and I’ve been doing lots of foot and leg exercises. So I wanted to see if my legs and back can handle it now. It felt fine. Other than it feeling really weird to not have a solid sheet of wood underneath my feet. Which is obviously a lot! Ha. I actually bailed on the little hill on the bikepath because it felt so weird not having the stiff insole. So yeah it took awhile to get used to, but I did eventually feel fine. The little ledge is pretty sick, but the bump before it weirded me out for awhile. I eventually got a few kickflips and noseslides. A line with front shove then back 50. Back 50s on that were really fun. I of course was getting on where it’s lowest. It would be fun to go back when it’s daytime and can see it better. Someone 50’ing the whole thing up and over could be cool and there is lots of line opportunity.

Then I went up and skated the tall ledge above. Which felt extra tall. I could barely noseslide it and a tiny slow crooks jib was a battle.

(setup 8.25″ null monico deck, venture 5.25 awake lows, 52mm spitfire F4 101a classic shape, 3 washers on the inside of each axle, bones medium bushings, adidas busenitz vulc white/blue size 11.5, stock insoles)