I don’t have the full results from Serna yet, but I know that Brian Whitney won in his division for the 13-15 yr olds.
There was some ripping going on in the 16-18 yr old division. Michael Serna, of course was flying through every part of the pipe and bowl at mach speed and doing it with ease.
Nick D’Aiello took third in the 19-35yr old division with some crazy lines and some pretty gnarly tricks, tossing frontside airs over the hip at the end of the pipe, inverts and 2 and 10 o’clock thrusters in the pipe.
Jean Rusen of Arizona took third in the ladies division.
The battle raged into the wee hours when the 36+ division went on. Eric Lee and Glendale local James Rodriguez fought it out to be crowned pipe king.
Eric is a local and skates fast and clean. Here’s a big indy in the pool.
James has the butter smooth style and can take it up to the next level. He shows the young bucks how it’s done with a crailslide on the 13ft extension. James squeaked by Eric in the end and took the top prize.
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October 14-15, 2005
Twenty plus SoCal skaters invaded the yet to be finished Volcom Brothers Skatepark in Mammoth Lakes, CA last weekend. The park is big and very humbling. Wrapped in pool coping all around, natural obstacles worked into the terrain.
The pour is smooth and super fast. There are pump bumps every where to keep speed throughout the park.
The capsule is big and fun. There were a lot of first time capsule riders over the weekend and they were getting some high lines. Here’s one of Yamo, who I believe had never rode a capsule before.
There is a 12’+ wall with cinderblock vert. No problem for Roy Starin.
Loveseat with oververt pocket above. Here’s a shot my wife took of me.
The 4′ wide tombstone is probably about 7′ tall is pretty gnarly. Brant Austin makes it look easy.
There is a ditch with parking blocks and a vert tombstone with pool coping.
And the back bowl with oververt pocket, deathbox and all-around craziness.
I can’t thank the Grindline guys enough for being cool with all of us skating while they worked on the park. The city gave them ownership of the park until they finish, so that was good for us. I bought some PBR for them and they were stoked. If you won’t be able to make the trip up there before the snow comes, it’s a definite road trip to plan for next summer.
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Here we are two weeks into December and I am sure that many of you out there have been dreaming of your wish list for the holidays of skate gear you may need or just plain want. It is so easy to only think of ourselves when it comes to skateboarding, especially since skateboarding is a personal journey of accomplishments, challenges and creativity.
Recently someone gave me a deck that I desperately needed, and my first thought was “great now I really do not need the deck I asked for from someone else”. After some careful thought I realized that the situation could be a win win situation for not only myself but for someone else as well. I decided that I would actually pass on the deck I received to someone else who could really use it and maybe throw some of my other gear I had so I could inspire someone else to skateboard. To me this is the true spirit of what skateboarding is all about. Giving to others unconditionally and showing them that we are all here for the same purpose. Now if all of us were to help out one fellow skater or future skater we could cause a shift in the industry that could quite possibly open up a lot of opportunities for some people that would have never been there before. This year you can change someone’s life just by giving them an outlet that they never knew existed within them.
So when you are looking for you next deck…., think about someone’s life that could benefit from having a skateboard or gear this year and you just may very well change their life forever.
As some of you know the Pedlow Skatepark is getting some additions. Originally Pedlow was another purkiss rose disaster In Encino built in 2001 with a bunch of quarter pipes with huge kinks and no coping. Our only vert in the park was a 5 foot quarter pipe with a funbox placed on top of it. It had two kinks and and square metal coping. This was the only coping in the skatepark. The locals made it more fun by bringing in parking blocks that we placed on top of the ramps and that was our coping. When the 5 foot quarter pipes seemed too small we stuck lockers on top of them as wallrides. The city quickly banned this. .
On to the new stuff. After 2 years of pab( park advisory board) and vnoc (volunteer neighborhood oversite comitee) meetings we finally got the funds, permits, contractor, and ok by the city to do an expanison. We got california skateparks.com to do the job; These are the same guys who did Fontana and Santa Monica. They are making good progress, and hopefully will be done about a year from starting(September). The expansion will include, A pool with pool coping and tile, a snake run, a kid bowl to keep the beginers out of the big bowl , another street course made of wood ramps(I’m not positive on the street course), and some good modifications to the current park, which include knocking out two brick walls that were constantly in our way, and replacing them with a half bowl, and quarter pipe. The locals of this place and all the valley skaters will be stoked on this one. Finally some good vert in the valley.
Warning please do not try to go into the park. We got specially permission to take these photos. If you try to sneak in the contractor will call the police. All we need is for someone to trip, fall, and sue the contractor,and we have a nightmare on our hands and an expansion that will never get done. Please do not ruin this for everyone. Scroll down for more pictures