Seattle Shralp Session!

Austin Winchell with a fatty front smith in a 12 footer

Last weekend I rolled up to Seattle with a crew of homies for some good ol’ fashioned park thrashing. I woke up bright and early around 6am to get ready for the 3 hour drive up. I picked up my homie Joe Kiser first, then we rolled to Battle Ground, Washington to pick up our Buddy Austin Winchell. I have seen Austin grow into a gnarly skater over the past few years. He grew up at the Battle Ground, Washington park so it wasn’t very hard for him to get gnarly fast. That park is perfect and it is filled with burly shredders!

Joe Kiser Burly FS Boneless!

After we got Austin we headed up to Longview, Washington to pick up our buddies Chris Grasser and John Wicklander. Both of them are insanely good. The entire crew that I rolled up with blew my mind the entire trip. Nothing was too big for them to skate, and we skated some HUGE tranny. Right when we rolled up to the first park of the day, Delridge Skatepark, the crew dropped into a 12 foot bowl and started boosting backside airs and smith grinds left and right.

Here is a short video that we filmed on a quarter at Delridge park.

John Wicklander - Insane FS flip

Austin Winchell FS 5-0 around pocket in a 12 or 13 footer with lots of oververt

Then we rolled out to Beacon Rock skatepark which is also brand new. Sure enough everyone started shredding ridiculously. It was pretty blown out there, TONS of little kids trying to slide into the bowls. I said a few things around a few parents to try to have them wake up and realize that kids playing in a gnarly skatepark isn’t the safest thing they should do. After that it got a little bit better. There was a smaller little kicker thing with a rail on it and John and Chris decided that they were going to go at it as fast as they could and boost off of it huge. Pretty much everything went down first try so it was hard to get pictures of everything, but I snagged a few lurker shots. This was the second park we went to and unfortunately I cracked my deck. Luckily I had a little cruiser board to mess around on. It was pretty hard to skate a park with it though, I didn’t have much luck unless it was on tranny.

John Wicklander – Melon grab

Chris Grasser with a hefty air

John Wicklander – Boosting 180′s over rails!

Next stop was Marginal Way, an epic DIY park under a bridge in Seattle. It is like the chill, nicely built Seattle version of Burnside. The vibe was rad there. There was only one other guy there until the end of our session when some gangster dudes showed up and started destroying it too. We hung out with them for a bit, drank some adult beverages, and were on our way to the next park. BUT before that we had to sesh a little jersey barrier outside of the park.

Joe Kiser – Posted up at Marginal Way, Bargy!

Austin Winchell Barging Margy!

Two nice young ladies came to hang out with us. They wanted to take photos of everything going on. I think this stoked our crew out and made them wanted to shred harder. Truthfully, I think they just liked their biking pants… you guys probably do too!

Austin Winchell smith Marginal Way for Days!

The Shred Crew

Artsy Shot of Joe Kiser ripping some tranny.

Austin Winchell – FS Noseblunt (it is a huge bank on the other side).

Joe Kiser – Blunt to Fakie

John Wicklander – Blunt to fingerflip to fakie.

Chris Grasser – Switch Blunt

Joe Kiser – FS Hurricane

We then headed to Seattle center skate park… but it was super blown. SOOOO many kids doing the weirdest tricks. That place has absolutely no flow. It is built really nice but its too small for how many people were there. We were over it pretty quick. We also somehow ended up in a wedding photoshoot in the middle of the park. I did a hard flip on the side of a couple while my friend did a kick flip or something on the other side.

Fancy Slide Jam! Lots of DBS GOLD!

Check out all these Gnar Dogs!

The Landyachtz EH TEAM and DADDIES BOARD SHOP rider Katie Neilson is on the road doing an East Coast Tour of college campus’s between New York and Florida, making stops everywhere including Chapel Hill, North Carolina where there were sightings of little rippers in Orange all day.  In a contest where style is key, its no suprise that the daddies rider went home with best trick for a double grabbed stalefish with an early grab out at the end.

Written by the goddess Skatie Katie herself! Thanks Ms. Neilson!

Straight up getting buck on some slides!

Fancy slide Jimmy Jam! These dudes look good, but not as good at DBS Team rider Katie Neilson! OWWWWW!

Thanks for the photos Katie!

Curly Headed Quote of the Day: “I just wish I could put a piece of pizza on someones package.”

Hitting the streets

Chris Hernandez - Ollie

We have found our way into the streets again. Its basically impossible for us to stay out of them though. But isn’t that the story with all skaters? No matter what else is going on in our lives, those things always seem to end up in second place after our love for wood pushing. Today we went and skated outside the Nike SB secret warehouse skatepark. I like to go down there and skate because it is skate spot central and also because on rare occasion they let you come in and skate the park (it is perfection).

Michael - Ollie

Even in the longboarding community freestyle shapes and the want to get airborne is becoming more and more prevalent. I can’t wait for the Landyachtz Boomstick to come out so I can’t do some crazy stuff on it :P But until then there is always the Landyachtz Trooper and the Comet Ethos 38! I’m just trying to decide what trucks are going to work best on those setups. I know RKP trucks, like a 180mm will fit it well but I kinda want to run Indy 169′s on them with some decently off-set or side-set wheels. Who knows… Gotta try it out first I suppose!

Chris Hernandez - Kickflip

Here is my buddy Chris again, with a man-sized kick flip. Pretty Burly.

Chris Hernandez - Heelflip

More street skateboarding stuff

Robert Parrish - Crooked Grind

So sorry about the lack of longboarding content in these last few posts.  It is just so much easier to gather some buddies up for an indoor session than it is to find guys who want to go bomb in the rain.  So my friend Robert and I went to a parking garage down by Portland State University and we hit up a classic Portland rail.

Robert Parrish - Huge Ollie into parking garage bank.

Robert can ollie over whatever he wants.  He is easily two and a half feet over this cone.  The way I see it, no matter what style of skating that you’re into you absolutely have to spend some time just doing ollies around a city. There are plenty of good hybrid decks out there that will let you explore your creative potential!  For instance, the Comet Shred 35!  It is pretty big but the beauty of it is that its still super functional for freeriding due to its size.  But having it’s standard skateboard construction it ends up still being pretty light weight.  Even if you put RKP trucks like Paris on it the weight stays pretty low.  Then there are millions of wheel options!  Volante wheels, 66mm abec 11 freerides, 65mm orangatang fat free’s.  So many options!  Other sweet boards would be the Arbor Bug or the Hybrid, or one of my personal favorites, the Eastside Longboards Tabor!

Robert Parrish, huge stalefish

I guess I’m writing this more toward people who never had a background in skateboarding.  I know a lot of kids out there right now who started out with longboarding and haven’t known the love of snapping their tail down and doing an ollie up or something.  Do you remember when you first learned how to hold your stand ups out longer?  You were stoked right?  See thats the feeling you get when you do ollies, I swear they are the same!  It just sucks when you fall off something.  I don’t know what sucks more.  Falling straight down off of something high or falling going super fast and sliding on the ground.  Impact vs Road Rash.  Now I am going to be pondering this for days until I have fallen hard off a skateboard and off of a longboard. Tricky. I have baffled myself.

Robert Parrish - Crooked Grind