More often than not, when you step into a backyard for the first time you are filled with excitement, wondering if this pool will be the one. A pool so epic that it’s almost as if it was built to skate. 99% of the time you are hit with a sledgehammer of disappointment, but that 1%, when you actually do find something, well, it makes the search all worth it. This was one of those times.
Brant and I drove toward the house, it sat on a corner lot with a for sale sign slowly waving in the breeze. We pulled around thru the cul-de-sac and parked on the side. There was a chest high, black iron fence surrounding the front yard. We went over quickly and thru the old battered side gate. I could feel the adrenaline pumping through my veins. I rounded the corner of the house and there it sat. A beautiful left handed Rossmore kidney, bone dry with only an old rubber ball and some dead grass gathered around the drain. It couldn’t have been more perfect, except for the neighbor’s dogs continuously barking as soon as they saw us.
As we headed back out the gate to grab a broom and our boards, a car slows down and stops at the front of the house. A young couple step out and we great them with pleasantries. That let us know that they are potential buyers, we tell them we are as well. I notice and old man across the street peering hard in our direction. You could tell he is very interested on what’s going on. We decide that this night isn’t going to work and plan on hitting it first thing the following morning.
We arrived bright and early and the neighbor’s dogs start yapping away and soon as we step foot in the back. But, today I come prepared. I brought some Pup-peroni dog treats in hopes it would keep them quiet. I hand them each a stick and they are happy as can be…but, more importantly, silent!
Death’s view. Brant Austin over the ladder.
Cam Dowse, light/death
The pool was everything we hoped for, not a kink to be found. We only got to hit it a handful of times before it got shut down. Pretty sure Old Man River across the street had something to do with it. Get them quick as you can because you never know when they will be gone.
Went down to Butler’s on Saturday to check out the premiere of Josh’s new video, Block Party. Some insane shredding was taking place when I got there. Here is just some of what went down.
Made it down to Etnies to check out the new expansion section. Nick Gates and crew put a lot of time and hard work into getting this built and getting it built right…they definitely came through. CA Skateparks and Site Design did a great job. Bowl is fast and smooth with shallow stairs and 2 death boxes. Flow section has a big cradle, vert wall quarter and a banked hip. All very quick and fun trying to figure out. Thanks Etnies and Nick for bringing a breath of fresh air to Orange County.
The Etnies Skatepark of Lake Forest has completed their expansion and is now open for shredding. Broken Magazine has some footage of some heavy hitters breaking in the park.