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Sunday at Veterans Skate Park - Nov. 9th
Another beautiful fall weekend and perfect day for skating. Earlier in the week emails were sent out, calls were made, forums were posted on to plan this session and try to get more folks out to the bowl. The turnout was great! More people were skating the bowl than probably any session since maybe April or so! From 1 pm onward, we had locals and visitors alike skating throughout the whole day. We even skated into the night with the lights on for once! The sessions included locals Tim Spinosi, Chris Solomon(me...hehe), Brian Parks, Danny, Brad Lovette, Noel (skated early and left around 3pm), Keaton, Chris and Zach (brothers and new skaters), Jason, and visitors from Gulf Shores, Tater and Tom "Baller" Ball (making it two Sundays in a row!). Also, Andy Rice came out to check things out and take photos through the day. He plans to start skating soon, so maybe we have another new bowl skater in the making. Lastly, Barry Gilliland showed up near the end of the session (surprised? haha). He took maybe 4-5 runs and then bailed out on a frontside carve in the shallow and rolled his ankle. He was done before he even got warmed up. It had been chilly pretty much all day around the bowl as it was in the shade, but when night fell, it got downright cold! Around 6pm, many folks packed up and called it a day. The Gulf Shores guys were still skating the bowl when I left. They were driving all the way back after the session too! I was soooo tired by the time I made it home. Another great day at the skate park had come to an end, and I am already looking forward to the next one!
The early session crew
The early session crew
Brian P locks a corner smith (560 Kb WMV video)
Brian P locks a corner smith (560 Kb WMV video)
Danny warms up the coping in the shallow end
Danny warms up the coping in the shallow end
Spinosi throwing a punch at coping
Spinosi throwing a punch at coping
Andy Rice and Spinosi
Andy Rice and Spinosi
Danny zips a grind in the deep
Danny zips a grind in the deep
Keaton pops an ollie grab over the hip
Keaton pops an ollie grab over the hip
Brian doing his best Ray Fennessey impersonation
Brian doing his best Ray Fennessey impersonation
Brad rocks and rolls like old times
Brad rocks and rolls like old times
The session grows as the Gulf Shores crew joins in
The session grows as the Gulf Shores crew joins in
Tater hucks a frontside air
Tater hucks a frontside air
Tater loses the handle (bail looks like a frontside footplant haha)
Tater loses the handle (bail looks like a frontside footplant haha)
Healthy session underway
Healthy session underway
Spinosi going backside for once!
Spinosi going backside for once!
Brad chirps some coping as Danny looks on
Brad chirps some coping as Danny looks on
Danny does his tongue waggling frontside grind
Danny does his tongue waggling frontside grind
Danny lofts a big frontside air
Danny lofts a big frontside air
Brad and his backside noise maker
Brad and his backside noise maker
Tom Ball zips by backside
Tom Ball zips by backside
Tater gets stinky
Tater gets stinky
When groms attack (seriously....a bus load appeared!)
When groms attack (seriously....a bus load appeared!)
Brad using G-forces to stay horizontal
Brad using G-forces to stay horizontal
Tom Ball coming in from a backside grind
Tom Ball coming in from a backside grind
Tater wayyyyyy lapped over frontside grind
Tater wayyyyyy lapped over frontside grind
Spinosi eyeballs coping in the shallow end
Spinosi eyeballs coping in the shallow end
Tom bundles up as night falls
Tom bundles up as night falls
Tater frontside over the hip
Tater frontside over the hip
The Gulf Shores guys at sunset
The Gulf Shores guys at sunset
Tom double trucks the shallow end
Tom double trucks the shallow end
Tom getting in some last runs as the lights come on
Tom getting in some last runs as the lights come on
Tater 50-50s around the shallow
Tater 50-50s around the shallow
Baller backside grindage
Baller backside grindage
Tom teeters another grind on the edge
Tom teeters another grind on the edge
Barry zips by frontside
Barry zips by frontside
Barry hitting tile in the deep like old times
Barry hitting tile in the deep like old times
The night session line up
The night session line up
Tater represents for lower Alabama
Tater represents for lower Alabama
Danny and Brian doubles runs
Danny and Brian doubles runs
Brian pulls a frontside boneless
Brian pulls a frontside boneless
Tom Ball looking focused on this frontside
Tom Ball looking focused on this frontside
Tater torturing coping again
Tater torturing coping again
Brad sweeps up
Brad sweeps up
End of the Session
End of the Session