Friday, July 30, 2010
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Congrats to my buddy and his new company Shindig Skateboards. Young gun hailing from the depths of Vernon, NJ working every odd job known to man from Mtn Creek lift operator to window cleaner, currently holding the job description "farmer".
Dan V has been known to work his ass off then disappear on various trips from snowboarding for a month in Chile to skateboarding the parks in Northwest Oregon. Truly a role model for us grown-ups, living his life to the fullest, we're all glad to see our young upstart do good.
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Running the FF early bec I'm running the JFK- PHX shuttle today. If I happen to get deported, meet me at 0400 hours at 40deg 45' N 73deg 56' W just past the 18th power line box. I'll promise to not have any stragglers unless Consuela wants to come to Hector's Birthday party. And let me know if you'll be driving the 4Runner or the Tacoma so I can prep a spare packed with some black and white. Thanks.
Rip it & Grip it.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Sunday, July 18, 2010
It was a stellar week over at Quartersnacks. Sadly, as for most that grew up around that era, skateboarding downtown died when when the small banks died. It was fun to read up on all the different stories from those days. I was lucky to be able to skate the "hip" and ollie over the wall multiple times during the glory days.
Some of my favorite memories included chilling at Daren's grandmas apt up the street at Confucious Plaza while watching Mouse then rolling down the street to session the banks under the dim streetlights. It was fun bec we had the place to ourselves skating there late at night & every trick was such a leap of faith in the dark. Oh, to get one last bs 180 over that wall.
Grab a snack, pull up a chair, and get your read on. .
One of my first introductions to the banks was one of the early contests which was mobbed with dudes all over the place practicing their flatbank tricks and others working to snap ollie grabs over the wall. I remember this huge linebacker of a dude (who I learned later to be Sean Sheffey) wearing a Club Homeboy wristband just pushing over nerds who got in his way then doing Japans over the wall. I learned real quick to stay out of the way and that if you were really skating people would stay out of your way.
The session then transfered to the ledge behind the small banks where he lipslid the whole length of the ledge tilting his board to clear the tree planter curbs in the middle of the ledge. He then ollied over one of the back of benches on his way back to the starting point of the ledge. I was blown away only seeing ollies that high in Poweredge magazine. Shit was so retarted.
The days up here are good: Breakfast, riding, lunch at Cobra Dogs, skating, watching cut throat coach vs. Camper dodgeball games, and then dinner, followed by who knows what in this mountain hamlet of about 300. Being a parent now, it is even radder to see how stoked these kids are and how good the staff at High Cascade is with all of them, very pro.
So the next few days we are up here "in country" and in the thick of the snowboard scene in the middle of July, far from the beaches of Southern California. More to come later.
Friday, July 16, 2010
Thursday, July 15, 2010
There's a grip of summer mixes out there, but this one take's the cake. A bit of everything, but not too much of a same thing. Perfect jam to get hyped for my fam's annual Summer BBQ. Roast a pig and triple Lindys to cannonball. Good Times.
It's always nice to head out to Glen Cove L.I. not only to visit family, but to hit up the backroads. Doesn't hurt that we have a bunch of gearheads in the family. I heard someone may have picked up an S4 too. Sweet.
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Say what you may about George Steinbrenner, since acquiring the Yankees in 1973 George changed the face of baseball. His desire to win brought much controversy but also brought Yankees the most Divisional wins & the most World Series wins in baseball. Thank you George for all that you have done on and off the field. You will be sadly missed but remembered as one of the most prolific sports owners of all time. Rest in Peace.
Sunday, July 11, 2010
Thursday, July 08, 2010
Poets 2yr Anny Jam. Sounds like you get an L.I. spot tour & shop party. It will be like when the Hell Tour rolled through in 86 and I tried to follow Mike V & Gonz skating from Westwood Cycle to K-Mart on my stupid ass Rodney Mullen freestyle board. Yeah, I had rail flips & pogo caspers dialed but no one cared. Natas was ollieing from the back into the transition of a waist high launch ramp ushering a new era of street sessioning. Had to mow hella lawns but finally scored a wood grain stained SMA Natas on Indy 159s & pink Freeze Streets. Spent that summer stacking boards & milk crates trying to get my jump on behind ChildWorld. Good shit.
Wednesday, July 07, 2010
Big Thanks to Supa Dave Appel for the Oakley Kit. So hyped to get my hands on a pair of B1-Bs and Purp Frogskins. Just the push I need to get me to finally finish my 1984 Redline PL-20 re-build on the road. The bike was a amazing "Hey, we're moving, any of you guys into BMX?" free pick-up at the skatepark.
The Redline is in perfect working condition with all Redline components, but could use a new make-over with the blue/white Oakley B1-Bs, a Blue Kashimax seat, Redline Forklifter bars & Flight Cranks, white Skyway TUFF IIs, and blue Tioga pool tires. All available on the wonderful world of Ebay.
As much as I would love to run the grips on my daily fixed kit. I gotta save these gems for BMX glory.