SO I WOKE UP AT NOON in the darkness of my room. I went out into the blinding midday light and looked across the street into Tompkins Square Park; there were already a couple hundred kids skating and standing around for the Emerica Wild in the Streets day. Tompkins is this torturous, supposedly "warm-up" spot right on my corner. When I wake up and straggle over for coffee, I usually resent its existence. It's not until after I drink some caffeine and do some ninja kicks that I'm able to face any kind of social situation.
In the park, the kids were skating the flat bars and some launch ramps--Suski and Reynolds were doing some sweet jumps and Spanky was entertaining his fans. This really wasn't a demo, though. Emerica got together with Autumn skateshop in the East Village and KCDC in Brooklyn to hold a city-wide skate jam. It wasn't about what pros were doing what, it was just shredding. Anyone was welcome to skate.
Keeping it green from the Emerica team were: Andrew Reynolds, Leo Romero, Kevin Long, Bryan Herman, Tosh Townend, Aaron Suski, Heath Kirchart, and Braydon Szafranski. Besides the Emerica dudes, Robert Lopez Mont, Billy Rohan, Brandon Westgate, Taji, Harold Hunter, Allan Russell, and Phil Ladjansld were notably ripping on the scene.
AFTER A FEW HOURS AT THE TF, some kind of silent alarm went off and everyone barged down Avenue A to Houston Park. I rode the BMX bike that Jamie Reyes had left in my apartment, with Spanky in tow. He held on to a string attached to my handlebars; it was funny at first, but I had a huge heavy camera bag and the kid refused to push. Spanky is like the new Axl Rose or something--and I mean that in a bad way: "Ohhh, I'm tired, pull me to the demo ..." Before the demo, Spanky was wearing a mink coat and kilt! Then he wouldn't skate until one of his gear roadies found him his scarf. He fell on a Nollie Enward which some kid was filming, so Spanky dove into the crowd and started kicking his ass. He had the worst Satan face, crying "You can't control me anymore! I'm the number-one skater in the world, better than Muska!" I was pulling him off, like, "Stop Spanky, that's not your father!"
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Besides that one bad apple it was so cool seeing such a huge mob of skaters all skating down the street at once (insert the nostalgic "can't we all just get along" skateboard writing here).
Houston park is where things got crazy--the six-stair in front was heavily shredded. I got a bat signal from Andrew that said "gnarly status," so I went over to the Half-Life section where Andrew did the most gangster frontside wallride. It was one of those things that I don't think anyone has ever done, even though it's been sitting there as long as the place has been a skate spot. It just solidified the fact in my head that Andrew Reynolds is one of the gnarliest dudes ever born. If Andrew woke up and said "No more gaps or rails, I'm only going to skate vert and do wallrides now," he'd still be one of the best skaters in the world.
AFTER ANDREW DID THE WALLRIDE three times in a row, I raced over and shot some photos of dudes killing the ledge to bar. Billy Rohan did a big-spin front board, and Leo Romero did a kickflip 50-50 ... what it is!
After that I rode my bikeset over to the Brooklyn banks, where dudes were schralping the wallride. As for the rail, Suski Smithed it and Robert Lopez Mont pulled salad grinds and frontside feebles. Most epic ... I forget what else happened on the scene there; it was basically just a big crowd of kids siting around watching, and an occasional skater stepping up and getting broke while trying for the glory of a hammer situation.
Over at KCDC Amy Gunther was making me some food! Oh wait, not just me--that's where the last stop of the day was, as well as a BBQ and a bunch of ramps on the closed-off street. Oh, and raffle tickets were on sale, with all the money going towards John Cardiel's medical bills. A ton of skateboard companies donated product--it was the hugest stack of boards I've ever seen in my life. There was so much stuff that I think everyone who bought a raffle ticket for a dollar got a board.
That about sums up the situation on the scene. After the raffle I got in one of the Emerica ewwyerweird vans and we went to Albany for a demo. Yeah, I roll with the hot crew these days ... owww!
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