Last weekend I rolled up to Seattle with a crew of homies for some good ol' fashioned park thrashing. I woke up bright and early around 6am to get ready for the 3 hour drive up. I picked up my homie Joe Kiser first, then we rolled to Battle Ground, Washington to pick up our Buddy Austin Winchell. I have seen Austin grow into a gnarly skater over the past few years. He grew up at the Battle Ground, Washington park so it wasn't very hard for him to get gnarly fast. That park is perfect and it is filled with burly shredders!
Joe Kiser Burly FS Boneless!
After we got Austin we headed up to Longview, Washington to pick up our buddies Chris Grasser and John Wicklander. Both of them are insanely good. The entire crew that I rolled up with blew my mind the entire trip. Nothing was too big for them to skate, and we skated some HUGE tranny. Right when we rolled up to the first park of the day, Delridge Skatepark, the crew dropped into a 12 foot bowl and started boosting backside airs and smith grinds left and right.
Here is a short video that we filmed on a quarter at Delridge park.
Then we rolled out to Beacon Rock skatepark which is also brand new. Sure enough everyone started shredding ridiculously. It was pretty blown out there, TONS of little kids trying to slide into the bowls. I said a few things around a few parents to try to have them wake up and realize that kids playing in a gnarly skatepark isn't the safest thing they should do. After that it got a little bit better. There was a smaller little kicker thing with a rail on it and John and Chris decided that they were going to go at it as fast as they could and boost off of it huge. Pretty much everything went down first try so it was hard to get pictures of everything, but I snagged a few lurker shots. This was the second park we went to and unfortunately I cracked my deck. Luckily I had a little cruiser board to mess around on. It was pretty hard to skate a park with it though, I didn't have much luck unless it was on tranny.
Austin Winchell FS 5-0 around pocket in a 12 or 13 footer with lots of oververt
John Wicklander - Melon grab
Chris Grasser with a hefty air
Next stop was Marginal Way, an epic DIY park under a bridge in Seattle. It is like the chill, nicely built Seattle version of Burnside. The vibe was rad there. There was only one other guy there until the end of our session when some gangster dudes showed up and started destroying it too. We hung out with them for a bit, drank some adult beverages, and were on our way to the next park. BUT before that we had to sesh a little jersey barrier outside of the park.
John Wicklander - Boosting 180's over rails!
Joe Kiser - Posted up at Marginal Way, Bargy!
Two nice young ladies came to hang out with us. They wanted to take photos of everything going on. I think this stoked our crew out and made them wanted to shred harder. Truthfully, I think they just liked their biking pants... you guys probably do too!
Austin Winchell Barging Margy!
Austin Winchell smith Marginal Way for Days!
The Shred Crew
Artsy Shot of Joe Kiser ripping some tranny.
Austin Winchell - FS Noseblunt (it is a huge bank on the other side).
Joe Kiser - Blunt to Fakie
John Wicklander - Blunt to fingerflip to fakie.
Chris Grasser - Switch Blunt
We then headed to Seattle center skate park... but it was super blown. SOOOO many kids doing the weirdest tricks. That place has absolutely no flow. It is built really nice but its too small for how many people were there. We were over it pretty quick. We also somehow ended up in a wedding photoshoot in the middle of the park. I did a hard flip on the side of a couple while my friend did a kick flip or something on the other side.
Joe Kiser - FS Hurricane