North Bay Bowl Ride

Still working on the ollie 180, and last Sunday went to Novato with Kev, it’s been a while since I skated there, so I wasn’t that fast, but I did get a sweet front-side grind…

Now that school is over, I gotta hit more parks…

Ollie 180. Got it.

Skated with Kev today after a Cherry Blossom Parade with Jacquie…

We hit up Wallenberg, and it was the perfect day, not too hot, but warm enough to wear shorts in SF!!!

That doesn’t happen too often so we were stoked. I did a few ollies and tried to work on pop shuvits and then Kev asked me if I could Ollie 180…

I never tried, so he showed me how to wind up, and after a few falls I GOT IT!

sooooooooooo happy.

East Bay Skate and Oakland Swap Meet

Today I planned to skate at Berkeley with Casey and Brian for an early session…well, the cobalt is back, and it was on lock-down…so we went to Oakland Museum. We had no idea where it actually was, and we stumbled on it quite by accident at 10AM. The slight problem was that it opened at noon. So we had two hours to kill, luckily we were right next to Laney College (I hadn’t heard of it either) and we skated their cement quad with benches etc…we had fun there till the sheriff drove by and we went on a quest through China-town to find an Internet Cafe…no luck, though we stumbled upon the sweetest thing ever, a swap meet…

First stop was the snow cone vendor…and then Brian and I got some cameras, for 10 bucks each!!! I got a medium format Foldex/20 and also a Konica auto S2.

Then we went to the show, and searched out the Almeda park after (in a NAVY base of all places). It’s the first park I’ve ever been to where bikes and boards share…I was told by a biker *who was like 40* that because we’re not in Berkeley or the City, people aren’t mean ’cause no one has to show off…

We had a scare, Casey slammed his head and he was allright *(thank goodness)* and from that point on, kept his lid on.

I had a few nice carves and did a tail-stall, other than that, it was warm and sunny…like *real* California.

(this is the 7th consecutive day of sun…the most I’ve ever witnessed in SF, I’ve worn shorts for a whole week!)

Daily City Ramp to VERT

I went to the Daily City ramp with Kev, and it was amazing who I ran into…Jason Salfi…he’s from Comet, and it was great to see him again…

The ramp itself is rad, already, and they’ve cleverly used the fiberglass fun-box and turned it on its side and made a 4′ extension…the thing is wedged up on the platform of the metal ramp with 2×4’s and filled with railroad ties…

…Oh those intrepid skateboarders!

so anyway, Kev was a tech guy, and I concentrated on my first wall ride on vert, and after about 20 tries I go it.

Psyched…

The Comet Skate Project

I met with Don and James today, and was stoked to have a little pow-wow in my place. I am really excited about this project, as it’s skateboarding and art. You can’t beat that. Things are finally picking up around here, this year has been ultra hectic as far as school goes, and it’s quite nice to have a respite from all the stress…that’s what skating is about.

Right on.

Kev’s Back and Late Skate Careers

Finally got to skate again with Kev, he met me at work *which was awesome* and we walked back to my place, and went down to SOMA. We found this great spot at De Haro, where we would come down a hill, hit a bump, then off a drop, to a ledge. I just went ollie, ollie, ollie….

Kev, was kickflip, ollie 180, nollie nose slide…wow…

or ollie 180, ollie 180, ollie, manual 180 out, nollie flip, ollie 180… hit the 5 trick goal….

IN other news, I’m inspired by one of Kev’s buddies who went pro at 30. There’s still hope for the skater who started at 21… (ie me)

Novato Bowls and the Headlands Center for the Arts

So Sunday we went to Novato, Casey and I did anyway and we hit the bowls for a while, and he was working on a bunch of grab airs out of the pipe…I wish I could do that stuff, but I’m so concerned about slamming my knee again, I’m even wimping on the rock -n- roll to fakie…

I did really pump the bowl fast, and tried to get some footie, but I was zoomed in with the wide angle (don’t ever do that) without knowing…anyway, after a little lunch at Mc Donalds, (and I accidently ordered a Mc Grillrather than a reagular Mc Chicken (for an extra 2 bucks)! I won’t make that mistake again. We stopped at the headlands on the way back and just chilled at the beach for a while, watched the surfers and stuck our feet in…very, very cold.

We checked out the center for the arts there as well, and the studios are gargantuan, and my goodness, they even had industrial toilets, and a kitchen where the resident artists get FREE FOOD!!!

So Casey is applying next year…

For Comet things are coming along, I’ve started doing the preliminary drawings of the Bomb Squad, and the new decks should be out soon, I’m looking forward to rocking on one of the new beefy park decks…Word on the street is 38 inches of twin tail/carbonfibery goodness…