Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
Sunday, September 27, 2009
It's Chris Smith kickflip manuel-ing to shuvit out the flatbottom of the mini ramp at STC 1 probably six years ago! Chris is a stylish skateboarder and one of those people who's good at anything he does. That's why I had to film him with my phone...
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Chumpchange declared Arizona 2009 Skater of the Year Cameron Harper this year, and with good reason. Here he takes his skating to the next level and he's re-learning all of his trick barefoot!
I got to witness a rare moment in the life of Kevinly Fisher......... He actually tried whilst skateboarding!!!!! Kevin has so much skill and style on a skateboard, but he keeps it all bottled up. Like a volcano erupting, Kevinly was killing it tonight and this nosegrind 180 is the proof!
But this (attempted) line only proves that it was a rare moment, and therefore I'm glad I was there to witness it. Him and I bit off more than we could chew trying to re-film a run that Kevinly had just landed minutes earlier! I'll just appreciate the fact that I got to see it the first time, when he actually landed the tricks.
Capped off the night at the six stair with Sean Wiess ollie-ing up the stairs in rewind. Some would call it a fakie ollie, I'll call it a Sean Wiess to fakie.
Monday, September 21, 2009
Ted abides by the 'stay off the grass' signs by noseblunting straight across the lawn!
I'm not sure if Preston's trick is considered a line or single trick.......... you decide!
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Sunday, September 6, 2009
The only reason why I was even allowed to post this footy of Aric was because he did something better at this very spot........
Ry Rey is really good at fitting into tight spaces....... here he ollies though a tight squeeze and then has his own manny mania all the way to the street!
Some people take escalators, Dylan Messer prefers the stairs! Here is one of several new tricks Dylan learned over the stairs at Desert West!
Saturday, September 5, 2009
Whatever a Harlo is immediatly scopes out the most krook-able object in that place!!!
Brad was there!
Oscar doesn't even know that I filmed (can you 'film' with a cell phone?) him do this switch backside schfify schfify!
I was even able to catch another Daily Monkey!
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
I was trying to get my fourth from ender (which was going to be a 200ft nosegrind on that angle iron ledge in the picture) when everything went black! Apparently I missed my ollie, ran on the ledge for a few minutes(milliseconds) and took the 6 ft drop straight to my hip! When I finally came to, I had no idea what was happening. A blinding pain was taking up most of my brain's attention span. My good friend Chris Fetter documented this moment of agony for me so I'd never forget it. I think I might have actually yelled at him for taking the picture, instead of what he should have been doing which was calling several ambulances!
When all was said and done, the doctors at the ER diagnosed me with a rare disorder called R.O.A.D R.A.S.H. Which, based on the amount of pain I was in, must stand for Rare Organal Amputation Disease Ruptured Asphyxiated Severed Hemoglobin.
Luckily, I was able to survive the fall. Doctors are still baffled by my miraculous recovery and the fall will forever go down as the worst skateboarding fall to ever happen to a human being.
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
When I was a sophomore in high school, I got drunk a few times and I can honestly say that it was a lot of fun. I had reservations about drinking before that and I definitely passed on a lot of opportunities to try drinking, but at the time I hadn't yet figured out how I felt about the subject of drinking. As a kid, I used to go to AA meetings with my mother. For me, those meetings meant free doughnuts, but for her, they meant much more. I'm not sure if any of the stuff I heard there in those meetings had any long lasting affects on me, especially since I barely remember anything except the doughnuts. But I think that what I heard there may have had the subtle affect of teaching me that alcohol is something that causes problems to some people. That and the fact that before I was born, my mother lost her brother to problems from drinking. Like I said, I didn't necessarily take those things into consideration when I was deciding for myself if I was a drinker or not, but I think subtly I have always been taught that drinking is something that can cause a lot of problems.
Up until a few years ago, I used to take sips of my friends drinks just to taste them. Sometimes it was just to serve as a reminder of how terrible beer and other drinks tasted, sometimes it was to sample some sort of drink that I'd never had. A few years ago I decided that I wouldn't even sip off of a drink that had alcohol in it. I felt sort of hypocritical of my decision to not drink, even though I knew I wasn't being judged by anyone but myself. Now I've made a lifelong commitment to never drink any alcohol for any reason, even if it's just a sip. It's my way of protesting alcohol as a societal right of passage or something that is expected of me. Someone recently said to me (or something to the affect of) "buy a fucking beer, that's what adults do" when I complained that the bar that I was at had no soda. I don't hold anything against the person who said it, but it offended me probably more than he ever would have thought it would. It's this sort of mindset that I've spent most of my life trying to avoid.
I know that people are responsible for their own lives and decisions. But as a group, I think we've more than proved that we can't handle our privileges with alcohol. One of the greatest days of my life would be the day that all alcohol was banished from the earth. Everyone would be left scratching their heads about what to do on Friday and Saturday nights, or when they get laid off, or their girlfriend dumps them, etc etc etc etc etc. The sad thing is that I know that that would never ever happen. People are so addicted mentally, physically, and attitude-ly(made up word) to their alcohol, and they couldn't go on without it.
Not me though, I'd be fine.