Sunday, June 22, 2008

Busstop's Go Skate Day 2008, Part 1 - Atlantic Beach Rotary Club Park

In an Effort to make the most of my Go Skateboarding Day on June 21st, Me and my friend Jordon Fink made plans on getting up at the crack of dawn to enjoy the scheduled activities. Unfortunately, I had spent a little too much time the night before enjoying drinks and a show with my friends up at Club TSI downtown, and had a hard time waking myself up before the event. Apparently, Jordon slept in too, so it all evened out. Just a little after 10, we headed out from Riverside and made our way toward the Atlantic Beach skatepark. We stopped to get some food at Wendy's near the corner of University and Atlantic, and had quite an interesting experience involving baked potatoes, oranges, and lack of common sense.

Jordon Brought a Hat That can be Worn 2 Different Ways. This is Option 1.

We used google maps to find the park, and our directions to the park were way off. Apparently, the Go Skate Day flyer had the incorrect address to the park, and we ended up at the park with the long C-shaped curved ledges. Nice place to skate, but we were way off and had to ask for directions. Luckily, a rad guy in a blue truck let us follow him all the way to the park, so I'd like to personally thank him for that. (And sorry for bugging you while your were renting a movie from McDonald's.)

When we got to the Park, things had already started, and Red Bull was on location making Red Bull-infused smoothies for everyone. I'd never been to the Atlantic Beach park, so I was pretty surprised to see it when I got there. This park is not at all like a traditional park, with high transitions surrounding almost the entire body of the park, sort of like an over sized pool. I took lots of photos to better illustrate what I'm trying to say.

Red Bull Smoothies
The contest here was taking place on the door obstacle, which is basically like an over sized deathbox in a pool. I was surprised to see people skating this park as well as they were, and even Martin Ramos joined in, doing some grinds and a huge backside ollie over it. Seeing how he was the one giving out the 20 dollar bills for awesome tricks, I don't think that he is too worried about not getting one, but I wouldn't hold it against him if he did give out one to himself.

Martin Ramos, Over the Door

Other Standout Tricks at this park include a 540 over the channel by one of the Pineiro brothers, I think it was Steven - I didn't get a great photo of it, but it was pretty substantial, and I can see some potential vert pro-ness coming from this kid. Both Steven and Juan Pineiro were giving it their all, all day long. A guy people were calling 'The Darkness' was killing it all day, and it was apparent that he would be from the second I saw him skate. He was doing smooth backside smith grinds over the door, among other awesome things.

Darkness, Backside Smith over the Door

Steven Pineiro, 540 Over the Door

There were quite a few good tricks done during our time there, and Atlantic Beach turned out to be a surprisingly good time. Also, I met a really rad little dog. I can't remember it's name, but here's a picture anyway.


Before we left for the next park, Jordon and I spent some time skating the parking blocks in front of the park. Apparently, the People from Board City excel at this.


After that, we headed off to Huffman Park to skate the Manny Mania obstacles, so stay tuned for part 2.

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