Yesterday a bunch of us headed over to Worcester for a session. We hit up the Hudson park, had two separate pizza sessions and rode some street. Worcester is like a big Springfield; it has it’s share of old buildings and people wandering around in front of cars. We ran into Lino Gonzales, who seems like a really nice dude (if you haven’t seen 90 East, check it out – it’s different, and awesome). We were only downtown for an hour or so, but we hit the Worcester marble ledges that are in every street video. Tom also did this barspin on a really steep bank.
Archive for July, 2010
I’ve been wanting to go to Vermont for a while now. This morning Matt, Seth and I packed the truck up and headed North. The catalyst for this trip was the Bondville bowl; I’d seen some photos online and it got a good review from Brien K, which was enough for me to be excited. Vermont reminds me a lot of the Kootenays (for those reading this in BC), it’s full of mountains and tiny towns, and one of those tiny towns has a skatepark that’s good enough to seem way out of place in a small ski town. We went to Bondville and Manchester, which were polar opposites as far as parks go.
This is the main bowl at Bondville. It’s basicaly a pool in some parts, and has some decent but still steep transitions. I wish the clamshell went upside down!
This is pretty mellow after riding Haven, but still fun.
Seth could do tricks here, which was actually pretty impressive.
This is a Sloppy Sam transition. For those not in New England, Sloppy Sam is the dude who builds all of the cement parks around here. Apparently he really likes pools, and that’s basically what he builds. Even his “regular” parks have vert transitions in six foot bowls. This is a four foot quarterpipe with at least two feet of vert.
This is a ramp made out of garbage. Six pieces of wood, a metal thing, a plastic pallet, a parking block, and a piece of flashing. Manchester was awesome!
Seth riding garbage.
Note the dirt stains on Matt’s shoulder. Two tries before this may have been the only time I’ve seen him crash.
Funnest/scariest trails ever! It’s hard to tell how steep the hill is in this. Building trails in Anchorage is like kicking yourself in the face… impossible and maybe painful. That spot just never worked until we threw some cement in the dirt and got some carpet. Once that happenned, Joe and I just rode trails for a month straight. One day we finally built Joe some rollers, after he’d been talking about it for weeks. It totally wrecksed the spot for him, and I don’t think he ever made it through the sets after that, but watching that guy throw his humungous bike at a tree was amazing. So much weird stuff happened up there – the moose, some regular airsoft game, families on atvs. Brian and I even had a verbal throwdown with a mountain biker, and if you know us, you can probably imagine how funny that was. These are still the only trails I’ve ridden at midnight.
This was one of my best finds in Alaska. I heard about this randomly from Sally’s cousin. It took me three days of running around the woods in the middle of nowhere to find it. It was definitely awesome. We rode the spillway three times, and each time was different. The first time was a last ditch edit to finish david’s part for four corners. It was wet, dark, and it took him 30 tries to land a tailwhip, but we shot three clips and it was good. The second session was a random morning when Wayne, Terrence and I had nothing planned. That was a sunny day, and Wayne was in that stage where he was just learning to really blast a quarterpipe. The spillway has the transition of a six foot mini, but it backs off so there’s nothing to case so it worked out pretty nicely. The last trip was a camping trip. We brought everyone up there, rode the spillway, cooked some dogs and hiked up a mountain. It was summer, so we hiked in the daylight until 4am, slept for a few hours, then woke up in the clouds. When we got back to base camp, we encountered some wildlife.