So in order to end February right, Dean and I decided to have an L.A day while the rest of the boys were at Bitter Cold. I picked up Dean at around 10:45 AM in Santa Margarita and we hit the toll road back to the 5 North to save a little time. We barely hit much traffic and arrived at 1st St. in downtown at around 11:30 AM. By the time we found parking, it was past 12:00, but at least we found a free spot. We skated down to the first spot which was a gap to ledge on Grand Ave. Dean got some shit done while I filmed, and got a little line done for my own sake off to the side. We skated that spot for about an hour before heading through China Town to some loading dock ledge, which ended up sucking. We headed back towards downtown only to get stuck on a one way street for nine blocks. Turning back around, the decision was to take a little break, so it was time for Burger King. Being refreshed was a good feeling, and we headed towards what we thought was L.A High School only to be distracted by the sign reading Sunset. Saying "fuck it", we headed towards Hollywood. We saw corner ledge and pulled into the neighborhood across the street. Dean, once again, got shit done while I filmed. Heading towards Hollywood High, A colorful school caught my eye, and we swung a right turn, only to find out it was bomb as fuck and from Too Faded. Sucking in our stomachs, and squeezing through the fences was the worst part, but it defiantly ended up being a fun and productive spot. Gatorade is good, so we decided to get one at the closest liquor store. It just so happens there is always a lot to see on Sunset because we ended up being across the street from the Elliott Smith memorial. We geeked out, took some Myspace photos, then headed to Amoeba. Being overwhelmed by how great that store was, we left, just in time to hit five o' clock traffic, and pass on Hollywood High when we were so close. Overall, it was a great day of skating, and it finally felt good to be skating something besides Orange County spots.
(Oh yeah, you can click on these to make them bigger.)
One of Dean's trick from the gap to ledge; Back Unity.
The corner ledge.Good random find on Sunset. Hittin' traffic...
Sorry that was so long, but if you read it, cool !
Today Adam Brierley and I teamed up to take some old junk from my garage down to some little banks near my house. I loaded my car and drove down to pick up Adam. We made a pit stop, picked up some angle iron (which later saved the day), and headed to the spot. When we arrived there were nosy people everywhere giving us really bad vibes, but we quickly unloaded the car by the fence, parked up the street, and walked to down to carry everything to the spot. We trucked through the mud with our backpacks on and carried down the stuff. When we got there, I banged out a wall ride with the drill I brought down in may pack, and we positioned my box in the center of the ditch. My box was perfect, but the wall ride was a bit flimsy. I grabbed a 10ft. piece of angle iron and jammed it into the dirt behind the wall ride. The next time Adam tried it it was perfectly sturdy and worked like a champ.
The Setup... Adam doin' a little wall ride 270 into the bank. Adam watching his line. Most of the footage from this spot me and Adam through into a little YouTube edit that we made tonight. It should be online tomorrow so watch for it if you're interested.
After this spot, Adam and I headed to San Clemente High School to resume shooting for his Nimh edit (which is going to be killer) and met up with Alejoh Candelo and Winston Wardwell. Winston's mustache (R.I.P as of tonight)
So basically, it was a fun day of foolin' around on the blades, even though Adam did get some pretty good shit done at the High School for his edit... all i'm going to say.
A video by Amir Amadi that is currently in the works as of February 2009. The video should be completed by mid March or early April of 2010.
STRANGE CREATURES will feature full length profiles on Adam Brierley, Keith Brierley, Dean Coward, & introducing Matt Luda. It will also have clips of some good friends Dylan Davis, Matt Langel, Chris Tinsley, & some more of them too.