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Hanging Around Fresno.

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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.

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

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

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Ben Raybourn on tap.
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Peacock doin’ work – Film at 10:00
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Swung by Ted’s to lurk out in the shallow end.

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

The Illusion and Kyle Kaitanjian
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Early morning buckets of ass water.
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Cam – slip ‘n’ slidin’
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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.

House Beer at Rays pool fresno

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

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Oh wait, yes it did.

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Cam’s ride in the drink

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

2014 Girls Combi Classic Photos.

Shooting skate contests is not my idea of a good time. You have everyone’s sister or brother elbowing their position on the deck for the proper #insta angle or the “media” guys are doing the extendo-arm technique right into your frame. What is my idea of a good time is being in the presence of heavy shredding. This past Saturday was the 2014 Girls Combi Classic and you had everyone from 7 year olds hopped up on donuts to moms pushing 50, all destroying the monster bowl. Yes, somebody’s mom skates better than you, but that’s besides the point. What’s important is that the level of skateboarding keeps getting pushed year after year, male and female. Here a few shots from the contest.

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Poppy Starr Olsen
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10 year old Tarryn Ross is always reppin’ Radballs on her board or helmet. She rules!
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Beverly Flood – Lienin’
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Katherine Folsom
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Sarah Thompson – Corner Air
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Jean Rusen
Nicole Hause girls combi classic
Nicole Hause – Blaster
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Arianna Carmona
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Allysha Bergado – Boneless
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Alana Smith
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Julz – 5-0 into first place
1. Julz Lynn $4,000
2. Allysha Bergado $2,000
3. Alana Smith $1,000
4. Arianna Carmona $900
5. Nora Vasconcellos $700
6. Nicole Hause $500
7. Sara Thompson $400
8. Erin Wolfkiel $250
9. Katherine Folsom $150
10. Cara Lawson $100
11. Jean Rusen
12. Denise Fleming
1. Beverly Flood $500
2. Jordyn Barratt $300
3. Brittney Conrad $200
4. Alisha Stevens
5. Kayla Caballero
6. Christin Borski
7. Cheryl Jumao-as
8. Mary D’Antoni
9. Canasas Burns
1. Poppy Starr Olsen $500
2. Kisa Nakamaura $300
3. Bryce Wettstein $200
4. Pauline Branom
5. Spencer Breaux
6. Annika Vrklan
7. Minna Stess
8. Hannah Chumley
9. Brighton Zeuner
10. Tarryn Ross
11. Michelle Yoon
12. Jordan Beal
13. Klara Vrklan

Ozzie has a great in depth recap over at BTO. Check it out here:

Product Rad-view:
Black Label Skateboards –
Top Shelf Square Tail.

Black Label Skateboards review

A while ago I had a strange occurrence. I was skating a pool when all of a sudden an Armenian and an Australian starting bartering/arguing about trading goats and sheep. Words of satanic ritual began to be uttered by these two so I decided to get out of there, but not before grabbing this board that one of them had set down. Well that turned out to be a great idea and by the way I didn’t steal the board because I did whisper “I taking this board thank you” as I ran, so get off my back. Well when I reached my car, I don’t know why I was being chased by these two from the pool, I realized that this deck was made by Black Label Skateboards. Anyway, as I calmly burned rubber to get out of there I heard one of them say in Armenian “YOUSTOLEMYBOARD” I don’t understand this language so I waived and drove off. This board had a great shape, dimensions, and was extremely shrederistic. The dimensions for this board are 32″ long, 8.75″ wide, with a 14.25″ wheelbase. Some might think that a 14.25″ wheelbase is small but if your not the biggest dude (not a fat ass) and skate pools this kind of wheelbase reacts great. The concave on this deck I would call medium, whatever that means and the wood is super strong. If you need a bigger wheelbase, Black Label has all different sizes to make everyone happy and make popsicle-only makers sad and envious. To the companies that only make popsicles, there are many things that you can do to improve your life and company. I have listed the steps that you need to take below.

  • Start doing wrist exercises to strengthen that limp wrist.
  • When you go to the liquor store resist the urge to go straight (no pun intended) to the Smirnoff ice and go over to the beer section. (This set is hard for some but you can do it.)
  • Go buy a Black Label Skateboards square tail board and experience the reasons for yourself what square tails have to offer.
  • You will immediately come to the conclusion that you company needs to make a square tail.
  • Come to grips with the reality that you, as well as many others over the years, have copied Black Label (not that they originated the square tail, you just copied their shape exactly).
  • Last, if you haven’t heard of Black Label Skateboards feel free to go directly to your nearest I Quit Skateboarding Stations. Once you turn in all of you skateboard related goods they will give you a scooter so you can get your scoot on.

In conclusion, take your hard earned cash to your local board shop and throw it down for a Black Label deck. Remember, if the people at the shop don’t skate then it’s not a skateboard shop. Also, when having run ins with Armenians and Australians run, don’t look back they may be conducting satanic rituals and sacrificing goats. BEWARE.

– Baron Von Shredington