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.
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.
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.)
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.
After the Vans clinic we ended up hanging out in the parking lot for awhile and Mimi gifted me with a Snuggie, the blanket with sleeves. It was an exciting day already.
Abisha and Evelien entertained us with their dance party.
After getting a bite to eat we decided to check another spot from the iskateboard spot list that I had never been to. There were a few small sets of stairs, but nothing like the description or what we had in mind.
On the way back to the cars I looked over to see Cara-Beth and Mimi hyperly skating a small curb and flat ground with the biggest smiles on their faces. Seeing the vert girls street skating made my day.
Slowly the heat started getting to everyone and one by one we all ended up under the shade tree and knew it was time to go.
Lauren and I met up in Orange County, then drove out to LA to spend some time with Ana Paula who has been a little lonely since Leticia went back to Brazil to visit family for a couple weeks.
We tried the Griffith Park ditch again, but most of it was still covered in mud and water.
Lauren warmed up on a little gap across the way. If it didn't have the big crack, rough surface and land into dirt it could be a fun spot.
I talked to Amy this morning and she told me about a new iphone application called iskateboard which is a mobile skate spot directory. So I downloaded it and we spent part of the day checking a few of them out. Amy couldn't join us today because she had "homework" to do.
Doesn't your school have skateboard lockers?
Or a mural like this?
Filming a line for the blog.
The Wilshire rails have been knobbed and de-knobbed so many times that actual chunks of the rail are missing now.
So they found a new way to skate proof the famous rails.