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



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.



Blog Cam 4/18/09




There was a good turn out at the girls clinic at the Vans Skatepark in Orange this weekend.  Everyone
had a good time and most of the girls walked away with a couple new tricks in their bag.



A few of the Skateboard Moms showed up.



Cara-Beth Burnside and friend.



Evelien Bouilliart, Amy Caron and Alex White.



Vans Girls Skate Clinic 2009 Video





After work today I met up with a few friends at the Vans park for my usual Monday night session.  
Perkins blasting an ollie. 



Abisha warming up on the rail.



Monique, Carli, Abisha and Lauren.




Ana Paula picked up Lacey and a friend on her way to met up with me in Garden Grove.  I was really
impressed with her footwear choice for the day.



Lacey warming up.



Smile on her face after getting the trick we came to shoot/film within a few tries.  Good stuff!


We stopped by one more spot on the way back and called it an early day so Lacey could make it home
in time to have Easter diner with her family.




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?



Spot checking.



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.



Blog Cam Footage




I met Abisha and her friend Bryce at Garden Grove High.  We decided it would be better to warm up on
a ledge spot down the street rather than starting the day off jumping down stairs.



Abisha filmed a few lines.  She's pretty big time these days and travels around with 2 filmers.  Ha!



Monique lives right down the street and met up with us.  We skated this spot together 10+ years ago.



Next we went to check out a plane replica in a park that has been skated in a few videos.  You can
skate the wing as a bank or do wall rides.  Unfortunately the park was under construction and there was
a fence around it.  After a quick session we drove around checking out a few more spots with no luck
and called it a day after the sun went down.



Video of Abisha her friend Bryce filmed and put together.




We stayed the night in San Carlos after the Apache Skateblast and woke up early Sunday morning so
we could squeezing in as much skating as we could in Phoenix on the way back.  We only made it
about 2 minutes west of our hotel before pulling over to check out a ditch on the side of the road.



Leticia got a few tricks by 9:00 a.m.



Lisa, Monique, Monica, Abisha, Leticia, Patricia and Ana Paula.



The quick spot check turned into a couple hour session.



After food and a 2 hour drive we finally arrived in Phoenix mid afternoon.  Monique and our Az tour guide



I had always wanted to go to this spot, but now that I've been I can say that videos and photos of this
place do not give it justice.  Leticia was killing the bank side and learned a new trick.



Abisha got a few things as well and has officially started filming for her part in "That's Blogable!".



Monica 5-0.  We skated the banks until everyone was too tired to continue. The lack of sleep and
amount of skating was catching up to us and we still had a 4+ hour drive ahead of us.  After Leticia got
one last sequence the Brazilians started their drive home while we stopped by the Thunderbird park for a
quick session before getting on the road shortly behind them.

P.S. - Losing battery power to an anti-theft radio and not knowing the code to reboot it before leaving on
a road trip is not advised.  :( 



Ditch Day Blog Cam




This morning when I woke up to a wet yard and thought our skate plans would be scratched, but Ana
Paula assured me it was dry at her place so I picked up Lacey and Cameron and headed north.



After meeting up with Ana Paula and Leticia we went back to a ledge spot we went to the weekend
before.  The ground was dry, but big gusts of wind were making it hard to skate...Leticia found other
ways to stay entertained.



We spent the rest of the day driving around the city checking out spots.



We'll be back!



Blog Cam Footage




Amy stopped by to distract me from work today.  It started with a stunt show in the parking lot...



...then it moved inside where she demonstrated her slalom skills before having to head back to school.




Today Lacey and I met up with Leticia and Ana Paula at a LA school yard.  They thought ahead and
brought a broom to clean the the run up around the ledge.



Lacey warming up while Leticia watches.



Leticia wasn't feeling good today, so she took it easy.



Ana Paula made her feel a little better with some funny portraits.



Afterwards we went back to the new LA Plaza so Lacey could check it out.