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01/12/08 - Skate Day Road Trip
With the forecast calling for great weather for the second weekend in a row, a group of us decided it would be a great time to plan a road trip for skating. No one wanted to go too far, but we wanted a change of pace. Someone suggested hitting the Montgomery skate park, and that was that. I had never been before but had heard good things. The idea was that we would all meet up at the Alabaster skate park exit (238), hit the Montgomery park, come back around 4pm and hit our home Veterans skate park. Of all the people who claimed they would be up for the day of skating, in the end, it was Patrick Jackson, Danny, Brad Lovell and myself that made the trip. At 10:30 am, we met at Whataburger off exit 238 and the trip began.
First stop - Montgomery Skate Park
Around opening time at noon, we pulled up to the park, paid our $3 each and got down to some skating. The park was surprisingly very fun! It was also surprisingly busy. As some of the locals told us, this was the busiest they had ever seen it. Odd? There were about 50 or so folks skating, scottering, inlining, etc. Pro Photog, Montgomery local and SkateAlabama.com forum regular, Dave Campbell (DCPhotos from the SkateAlabama.com forum) even made it out for a short session before running off to work. I think we all had a great time there, but the time just flew. Before I knew it, it was 3pm and time for us to head back towards home for the second stop of the day.
Walking up to the skate park
Walking up to the skate park
dems da rules man...rules...man
dems da rules man...rules...man
inside the pro shop
inside the pro shop
other side of the shop
other side of the shop
Montgomery skate park overview
Montgomery skate park overview
Another park view
Another park view
And another park view
And another park view
nice halfpipe with double hips
nice halfpipe with double hips
Patrick in a frontide lipslide
Patrick in a frontide lipslide
Danny grinding down the escalator
Danny grinding down the escalator
Another view of Danny grinding the escalator
Another view of Danny grinding the escalator
Dave Campbell (DCPhotos) dropping in on his handmade ride
Dave Campbell (DCPhotos) dropping in on his handmade ride
DC hitting the coping backside
DC hitting the coping backside
Patrick working the lipslide
Patrick working the lipslide
DC after a nice frontside grind (sorry...timing was off!)
DC after a nice frontside grind (sorry...timing was off!)
line-up for the rails and ledges
line-up for the rails and ledges
Brad ollies the gap
Brad ollies the gap
Another angle on Brad's ollie
Another angle on Brad's ollie
Nice shot of Patrick enjoying a 5-0 grind
Nice shot of Patrick enjoying a 5-0 grind
busy street course
busy street course
Patrick ollies the barrier
Patrick ollies the barrier
Danny pops a boneless on the big ramp
Danny pops a boneless on the big ramp
the crew on the deck
the crew on the deck
Danny bonelesses over the hip(872 Kb WMV video)
Danny bonelesses over the hip(872 Kb WMV video)
Patrick pulls a quick backside to tail (724 Kb WMV video)
Patrick pulls a quick backside to tail (724 Kb WMV video)
Brad pops an ollie-blunt (1.04 Mb WMV video)
Brad pops an ollie-blunt (1.04 Mb WMV video)
Danny pole jams into a 50-50 rail ride (880 Kb WMV video)
Danny pole jams into a 50-50 rail ride (880 Kb WMV video)
This feature was made for Patrick's favorite trick (661 Kb WMV video)
This feature was made for Patrick's favorite trick (661 Kb WMV video)
Solomon rewinds (frontside grind backside revert) (528 Kb WMV video)
Solomon rewinds (frontside grind backside revert) (528 Kb WMV video)
Patrick rides a frontside lipslide (1.17 Mb WMV video)
Patrick rides a frontside lipslide (1.17 Mb WMV video)
Another view of the shop
Another view of the shop
a local pops into a blunt-nosegrab-to-fakie
a local pops into a blunt-nosegrab-to-fakie
Patrick ollies the gap too
Patrick ollies the gap too
Another angle of Patrick floating the gap
Another angle of Patrick floating the gap
Solomon frontside rocks before leaving
Solomon frontside rocks before leaving
When visiting, remember...the park is a little dusty
When visiting, remember...the park is a little dusty
First stop - DCPhotos pictures!
These are a bunch of great photos taken by pro photog and skater, Dave Campbell (aka. DCPhotos). He was kind enough to allow us to post them up here. Thanks, Dave!
Solomon feebles-to-fakie
Solomon feebles-to-fakie
Danny pops an ollie blunt-to-rock fakie
Danny pops an ollie blunt-to-rock fakie
Brad standing up a grind
Brad standing up a grind
Patrick pops a backside disater...AWESOME pic!
Patrick pops a backside disater...AWESOME pic!
Solomon doing something to tail....fakie tailslide?
Solomon doing something to tail....fakie tailslide?
Solomon rock-to-fakie
Solomon rock-to-fakie
Patrick pivots precisely (say 3 times fast)
Patrick pivots precisely (say 3 times fast)
Brad ollies to tail smacker
Brad ollies to tail smacker
Solomon frontside rock to ninja chop!
Solomon frontside rock to ninja chop!
Second stop - Veterans Skate Park
After getting back to Alabaster, Danny and I continued on for a little more skating out at Alabaster's Veterans Skate Park. A few folks were already out there skating including Tim Spinosi, Mark Eddings, Jason and Brad Floyd. Like always, Brad just appears every so often and just rips. He was pulling backside airs, lien-to-tails, rolling into the shallow, and handplants (VERY close to inverts!) just like he hadn't missed a day skating. It was great to see and skate with him again.
Jason working on his backside grinds
Jason working on his backside grinds
Brad gettin his grind on
Brad gettin his grind on
Eddings laying back on a grind
Eddings laying back on a grind
Brad boosts a backside air
Brad boosts a backside air
Tim Spinosi
Tim Spinosi
That's Mark Eddings and that's a tuck knee air
That's Mark Eddings and that's a tuck knee air
Nice Lien-to-Tail by Brad
Nice Lien-to-Tail by Brad
Brad Floyd gets upside down-ish
Brad Floyd gets upside down-ish