Spot Checking in SF

 

Evelien, Abisha and Morgen had never been to San Fransisco before, so we decided to check out the
city and a few famous spots before the drive home.

 

 

Morgen Lester crooks.

 

 

Evelien Bouilliart front blunt.

 

 

During an attempt to kickflip the rock gap at 3rd & Army Kristina hyper extended her knee and minutes
later Abisha rolled her ankle.  2 down in 10 minutes.  No luck at this spot and time to move on...slowly.

 

 

The Thrasher Wallenberg contest is next weekend and $1000 is being offered to the first girl to ollie the
big 4.  Evelien couldn't wait to check it out.  She will be back.

 

 

Beth, Staycee and Erica spectating.  Who brings Fruity Pebbles to a skate spot? 

 

 

The cripples.

 

 

Erica invited us to stay at her house so we took her up on the offer and a chance to skate one more day.
Thanks Erica!  What happens in the closet stays in the closet.

 

 

 

Blog Cam 5/24/09

 

 

Girls Summer Gathering

 

Lacey, Abisha, Evelien, Morgen and I squeezed into my little car for the 6 hour drive up to Ripon.

 

 

We drove through the night then stopped at a motel for some sleep before the event.  Morgen was up
early to skate a barrier she spotted just outside our room.

 

 

Amy and Erica were there to greet us as we pulled up.

 

 

Soon more and more girls trickled in to take over the park.

 

 

Amy was on the loud speaker all day selling raffle tickets.

 

 

Vanessa Torres sweepin'.

 

 

Van Nguyen of Villa Villa Cola fame.

 

 

Amy blasting an ollie over the hip.

 

 

Kristina Narayan drove down from Oregon to slash.

 

 

Morgen impressed the crowd during the game of s.k.a.t.e., but in the end Lacey walked away the winner
and pocketed all the raffle money.

 

 

After a long day in the sun we walked across the street for pizza and more good times.

 

 

We all made new friends.

 

 

After the long day of skating the girls wanted more, so Frank and Ladonna invited us to "The Ranch" for
a bowl session into the night.

View photo gallery.
Watch video. 

 

 

Pro-Tec Pool Party

 

Julie Kindstrand smiling in relief after 1st place runs.

 

 

Lyn-Z Adams Hawkins and and 12 year old ripper Priscilla Lee.

 

 

Donna, Mimi, Karen, Leticia, Ana Paula and Liza hanging out.

 

 

Alex Harper and Megan Brown won some cash.

 

 

The Skateboard Moms were there showing support.

 

 

Pink Pant Sunday

 

Lacey, Evelien and Ana Paula checking the photo after Evelien took a gnarly slam, then got back up
and got her trick 2nd try.  First spot of the day and 1 trick down.

 

 

Last time we were at this spot Evelien was behind the camera.  Ha!

 

 

Alex White killing it!

 

 

Leticia, Monica and Liza hanging out at the park.

 

 

Evelien Bouilliart backside 5-0.

 

 

Leticia Bufoni frontside lipslide.

 

 

Lacey and Donna in a Mother's Day hug.

 

 

Blog Cam 5/10/09

Skateboard Moms at Vans

 

This morning I went down to the Vans Skatepark in Orange, CA to check out the Skateboard Mom's 5th
annual Mighty Mama Skate-O-Rama.  A handful of women traveled from all around California, Arizona
and even Misssouri to spend their Mother's Day skating with friends and having a good time. 

Check out the amazing and inspiring stories of some of these women on The Skateboard Mom's Blog.

Happy Mother's Day to all you Skateboard Mom's out there! 

 

 

Skateboard Moms Video Part 1

 

 

Skateboard Moms Video Part 2

 

 

Matt Costa at Union Station

 

The girls were lagging this morning, so Ana Paula and I took the opportunity to go visit an old friend who
was playing at Union Station.

 

 

Matt Costa's live performances are always great.

 

 

On the way back to Ana Paula's car we stopped by the Alameda ledges to see if the rumors were true.  
Sad sight.

 

 

Tickets For All

 

The Skate Plaza seems to be the new meeting spot.   Evelien was already warmed up when I got there.

 

 

When we arrived at the first spot the Blind team was already there filming along with a 13 year old local
kid.  Evelien got her trick within a couple tries and was working on another just as the school police
showed up.  We were informed that we were in the middle of several gang territories and it wasn't safe
for us to be there, especially with camera gear.  

 

 

The minors parents were called and had to be released to an adult, luckily Lacey was allowed to leave
with me.  The 13 year old kid wasn't as lucky.  His Mom had to come down to the school to pick him up.  
We all watched in horror as one of the officers placed the boy's board up against his back tire, got in the
car and ran over it per his Mothers request. The sight of him standing to the side with tears in his eyes
almost made Evelien started crying. 

 

 

A little over an hour later we all had tickets, except for Evelien who used her Belgian charms to walk
away clean.

 

 

Mellow Day at the Park

 

Brazilians striking a pose at the skate plaza...again.

 

 

Monica and Patiane decided to skip the skate session and go surfing instead.  Monica was so eager 
she started catching imaginary waves in the dirt. 

 

 

We didn't want to deal with getting kicked out of any spots, so we all agreed on a fun day at the park.  
Leticia backside 5-0.

 

 

Evelien boardslide.

 

 

Abisha backside 50-50.

 

 

Want To Play Me Skate?

 

The second the girls rolled into the plaza today they were challenged to multiple games of s.k.a.t.e. and 
bombarded with 20 questions.  "Are you sponsored?", "How many stairs can you ollie?", "Can you do a
hardflip?", "Can you skate the rail?"  ...Evelien answered one of the questions with a frontboard.

 

 

Abisha getting in a frontside 5-0 between the constant questioning.

 

 

Evelien Bouilliart.

 

 

Yes, Abisha can varial flip and 360 flip the stairs.

 

 

Evelien is up for the kickflip challenge.

 

 

On the way to the car we ran into Yesi who was really excited to see us.  She said she had never seen
other girls skate before.  We invited her to the next spot with us and got her to film a couple tricks for
the blog.

 

 

Ana Paula, Yesi, Abisha and Evelien at the spot.

 

 

Afterwards we went to the Ellington's for lunch with friends.  Liza from Check It Out magazine was
talked into taking a couple runs on the mini ramp even though she wasn't dressed for the occasion.

 

 

Patiane joined in as well.

 

 

Fun afternoon with friends.

 

 

Abisha's 19th birthday is tomorrow, so we surprised her with some cupcakes.

 

 

Seconds later they were getting smashed in faces.

 

 

Thanks for having us over Luci!

 

 

Evelien and baby Mya.

 

 

Blog Cam 4/26/09 Footage.  (You'll have to wait for the video for all the tricks.)

 

 

Lunch With Friends

 

Evelien and Micaela had a meeting with etnies today regarding the upcoming Poseiden Mexico Tour
they are doing in June.  Their meeting was ending just about my lunch time and there was talk of
skating afterward so I planned to meet them for a quick session.

 

 

We planned on meeting Lauren at the park, but ended up taking longer than expected and missed her.

 

 

Everyone was hungry and I was short on time, so we just had lunch instead.