Given the spotty snows lately, I’ve had to take advantage of whatever dry times I can get and hit the skatepark so I don’t get all depressed and feeling cooped up from being inside. This morning, the temperature was in the twenties when I headed out to the park around 8:30, but that didn’t stop me from getting a small session in and I got to work on some grinds as well as practice carving the bowl. So glad I went out this morning, because as I’m writing this, it’s sleeting outside and more bad weather is expected over the next several days. Sometimes I hate living on the east coast.
Anyway, here’s some clips from today. Going to work on combining those last two tricks this year!
Decided to post some clips of me skating the hip at North Laurel Skatepark, some from the past summer and some from the past week or so.
For those of you that aren’t familiar with skate-lingo, a “hip” is an obstacle where there are two inclined banks with the faces oriented ≈90 degrees apart and banks connected along the sides, and the idea is to transfer from one bank to the other. Just think of it like skating up one side of a pyramid then down one of the sides either to the left or right (but not over). If that doesn’t make sense, just watch the damn videos!
This first clip shows a little progression of how I work on simpler tricks then combine them into harder ones, which is pretty much the basis for all skateboarding beyond the fundamentals.
Clip of the day from Go Skateboarding Day!
From the Maloof Park in DC.
Gratifying. That’s the word that kept coming to mind after my nice, long (and long-overdue) session at Arlington skatepark on Saturday.
It was the first time in a good while that it was dry enough to skate and I was able to enjoy skating without having to rush to work or anything. Man, nothing beats days of all-day skating where you get all grimy and sweaty (yes, even in 12 degree weather and flurries) and all you’re focused on is getting that next trick. Whether it’s progressing on to a new trick or an old trick that you’re trying to pop higher, push faster, and land cleaner, that feeling of rolling away on four wheels NEVER gets old and is just so…gratifying.
Super stoked with the session I had! The highlights were that I relearned switch FS bigspins and FS flips over the hip, got a nice half-cab flip and switch BS flip over the hip, and I landed a crook, BS noseslide bigspin, and FS noseslide 270 out on a sizable ledge! That FS noseslide 270 definitely needs a lot of work, but I’m finally getting a decent feel for how to slide them and pop off the nose!
Though my legs are still sore from the hours of skating, I CAN’T WAIT to have another session like that…damn this winter weather!
On the 4th, a buddy of mine and I woke up and decided to head up to the North Laurel skatepark to check it out. I had heard that a really sick concrete park was built there and have been wanting to make the trip for a while, but I’ve also heard that it tends to be pretty crowded. We made the 30 minute drive up there hoping that the mid-day heat would deter most of the groms and make for an open park, and we were not disappointed
The layout of the park is really cool, kind of teardrop-shaped from above with street sections surrounding a clover-shaped bowl in the middle.
Here’s another view from the handrail and hubba section behind the bowl:
All in all, this park is one of my favorite parks. The surface is super smooth, the ledges are butter, and the transition in the bowl is not too steep for its size, which common in smaller concrete bowls. There’s also four boulders, taken from a local quarry, with flat skateable sides that are incorporated into the flow of the park. I can’t wait to go back and try some more stuff, and honestly I’m a bit afraid that I’ll drive up alone one day and not be able to drive myself back because my ankle is busted.
I was going to head back up there today and try to film a bit, but the weather is currently 96 degrees with an index of 104 and humidity of 44%, and it’s not even noon yet. I can soldier through hot mid-atlantic summer days, but this is a bit too much. Time to sit inside in some AC and maybe get a different kind of grind on.