Here's some footage you didn't see on TV. It's from the preliminary rounds before they let people in to watch and before they turn the cameras on. Sandro qualified first.
My mom is pretty old school. She's famous for clipping out newspaper articles that catch her eye, dropping them into an envelope and sharing them with me via US Postal service. Recently though, she made a big step toward the 21st century when she shot a photo of an article that she'd cut out and emailed it to me. This one is from the Boston Globe. Thanks mom, and you saved yourself almost $.50 in postage too.
In case you missed it live on NBC, here is a little footage from the finals of the first stop of the Dew Tour. PLG with takes it with Team Positiv (Sandro and I) right behind him.
The James Brown Arena was the site of the ASA Triple Jump in Augusta. The stands were not packed like I’m sure they were for old James, but his spirit was with us. We all had a smokin’ good time in the South rolling with a whole new style of skateboarding. Papa’s got a brand new bag.
Whether you are into BMX or not, you've got to be able to appreciate the pure athleticism of guys doing double front flips on bikes. Plus it looks pretty sick.
Who would have thought that all that time kicking at the jump ramp in front of my house when I was a kid would one day pay off. I've not only done, I've gotten paid to do, two jump ramp demos in the past week. Rocket airs and Airwalks still have that mass appeal. Who knew?
Here's a clip from the first few practice jumps at Augusta this weekend. This ramp is so much fun I couldn't get enough of it. I was wishing there were six more jumps after these two. Awesome.
Can't quite call this one follow footage because I'm next to and in front of PLG the whole time.
Well, we never got to do it in front of the 8 thousand people at the Staples Center but I did shoot some AndyCam footage of the routine we worked out in practice.
T. Hawk and I have got our doubles line down. We're trying to get everyone else on board in time for impending show. Here's what it looks like from my angel...not so good.
When I was a sophomore in high school I got my first 'real' job. That is, a job that paid me minimum wage and had taxes taken out. Up to that point it was always just helping my brother with his paper route or getting $5 bucks to shovel the neighbor's driveway. The gig was at the YMCA in the town next to mine. It would cost me $1.50 in bus fare ($0.75 each way) to ride the half hour commute to the Wakefield YMCA one day each week. Once there I would teach a one hour skateboard class in the gym to about 12 kids. Not long ago my mother found some old paychecks that I had evidently never bothered to cash. Here's one of them:
That's right $4.62, less the bus fare and I was pulling in $3.12 per week to do what I loved to do... skateboard. I've since worked out how to get paid a little better but to this day, it's not about the money. I love skateboarding.
On a related note, I once dressed as Kriss Kross for Halloween.
Just added a few things to my schedule. One of which is coming up in Georgia real soon. Never done one of these before. Stoked to play like I'm a BMXer.
My friend Tony Hawk gave me this TV/VCR thing for my birthday eleven years ago. It's the only TV I ever owned, until he gave me another one more recently. So, this one goes the way of Goodwill. This marks the end of my days watching the entire Bones Brigade video library on VHS. Still no antenna on the TV I have now, and still no cable hooked up to it--I'm just able to hook up the DVD player and watch movies on something other than my computer. Life is good.