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Sleep –
Ozzie Ausband Guest Post

James Hedrick
James Hedrick

Sleep. The great earth is still. Leaves wither and brown. They fall away and touch the earth. Decay. The great cycle of life. New things will come from them after the earth sleeps. A few friends stop by from time to time throughout the year. They are from other places. Snow birds. Colorado. Pennsylvania. All over…

Al Partanen
Al Partanen
Terrill Schmidt
Terrill Schmidt
Cam Dowse
Cam Dowse
Italo Penarrubia
Italo Penarrubia

They try and sit out the cold spell. Frost glistens in the morning. Old bones crack and ache.The snow birds flutter and move to warmer regions. They long for warmth. We provide it. In spirit. They fly. They sing. They collect in groups and drink from cement ponds… nourishment for the soul. The snow birds are content. Thanks to Brandon Wong for the images. Skate- Ozzie


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Vans Off The Wall Skatepark Grand Opening Photos.

After years in the making, the Vans Off The Wall Skatepark opened this past Saturday and did not disappoint. Little girls, old men, street shredders and vert dogs all came out to get a sample of the 40,000 sq ft, California Skateparks built, wonderland located in Surf City USA. There has been a ton of coverage already, so I’m not going to go into design details, but here are a few photos from the day.

Hosoi – Laid Back
Hosoi – Laid Back
Josh Mattson – Sign Jumper. Photo: MRZ
Josh Mattson – Sign Jumper. Photo: MRZ
Kiko Fransisco – Backside Tweaker
Kiko Fransisco – Backside Tweaker
Omar Hassan – Kickin’ to Fakie
Omar Hassan – Kickin’ to Fakie
Nick D – Upside Down
Nick D – Upside Down
Charlie Blair – Blasted and Boned
Charlie Blair – Blasted and Boned
Pammy!
Pammy!
Patrick Ryan – Cliff Jump
Patrick Ryan – Cliff Jump
Salamander – Hip to Lip
Salamander – Hip to Lip
Jinx!
Jinx!
Sarah Thompson – Buckle Up for Safety
Sarah Thompson – Buckle Up for Safety
Jay Adams – No Caption Necessary. Photo:MRZ
Jay Adams – No Caption Necessary. Photo:MRZ
Nora Vasconcellos –  Blaster
Nora Vasconcellos – Blaster
Daniel Vargas – Real Smith
Daniel Vargas – Real Smith
Crazy Kyle – Rock Jam to Disaster
Crazy Kyle – Rock Jam to Disaster
Brian Brannon – Off the Lip
Brian Brannon – Off the Lip
Dave Kindstrand – Double Truckin’
Dave Kindstrand – Double Truckin’
Cam Knows.
Cam Knows.
Allysha Bergado – Boneless
Allysha Bergado – Boneless
Jarren Duke – Plants Fast
Jarren Duke – Plants Fast
Adrian Hernandez – AZ to HB Smith
Adrian Hernandez – AZ to HB Smith
Cab – Full Frontal
Cab – Full Frontal
Kayla Cab – Comin’ in Hot!
Kayla Cab – Comin’ in Hot!
Rowan – 5-0 Burner
Rowan – 5-0 Burner
Duncan – Off the Mic, On the 5-0
Duncan – Off the Mic, On the 5-0
Garry Shtucks it and Hucks it.
Garry Shtucks it and Hucks it.
Shane Allen – Tail Slider
Shane Allen – Tail Slider
Borden / Barros – Doubles Routine
Borden / Barros – Doubles Routine

Check out the California Skateparks website for more info.

Huge thanks to Steve Van Doren and the Vans Crew, Jacks, CA Skateparks and everyone else involved in bringing another great park to the area. The Vans Off The Wall Skatepark is located at 7471 Center Avenue, Huntington Beach, CA, next to Old World. Hours are 10-7 right now with rumors of lights going in soon. After your sesh, head over to Grinderz in Old World for some burgers and good beers on tap.

Photos by Brandon Wong, Russ Sakurai, and MRZ

Hanging Around Fresno.

Cam, Kyle and I took a trip up north last month to Peacock Land for an epic weekend of pool shred. You can always count on Peacock to bring the goods and he did not disappoint. Hit some brand new ones and some old favorites. All in all good times with good friends… a perfect weekend hanging around Fresno.

Kyle Kaitanjian gets first grinds on a new tight little capsule.
Kyle Kaitanjian gets first grinds on a new tight little capsule.
Cam Dowse takes it over the box.
Cam Dowse takes it over the box.

Next up was a epic Blue Haven Rossmore Kidney. Could have skated this thing for days.

Ben Raybourn on tap.
Ben Raybourn on tap.
Peacock doin’ work – Film at 10:00
Peacock doin’ work – Film at 10:00

Swung by Ted’s to lurk out in the shallow end.

The next day, The Illusion showed up and kicked it into high gear.

Rulers.
Rulers.
Early morning buckets of ass water.
Early morning buckets of ass water.
Cam – slip ‘n’ slidin’
Cam – slip ‘n’ slidin’
Peacock shallow grinder
Peacock shallow grinder

Stopped by Ray’s for a game of skate and some House Beer that The Illusion was kind enough to bring to the party.

On the way home took a slight detour to check out this roadside gem. A little water never stopped an Aussie from shredding.

Oh wait, yes it did.

Cam’s ride in the drink
Cam’s ride in the drink

Huge thanks to Peacock for the hospitality and heavy shred… until next time.

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