Jim & I went to Gabriel and Tigard skateparks for the first time
yesterday and had a blast! Gabriel is surprisingly fun – you can pump
it and rip around easily, and the walls outside the bowl are quite fun
to jib on too.
We arrived at Tigard past dusk, so we were limited in our exploration,
but we still had a good time pumping bowls and fumbling fastplants.
Definitely going to head back when we can actually see what we’re
I painstakingly edited a few clips together and produced the following
video. Video editing on Linux: even less fun than photo editing. I’m on
my green/yellow Norco (brakeless) and Jim is on his lavender Deity:
First real ride on my 20" post-shoulder injury! No suspension is a
little rough, but the spine-to-vert wall is so much fun that a little
soreness is worth it.
Here are a few clips from riding my Norco around downtown Portland
(primarily the Waterfront and Esplanade):
This is the most fun long-and-low
found in Portland so far.
Shaun and I were riding doubles through the blue line, and I took the
high corner, but my wheel slid out, nearly crashing into him and
destroying myself. Thankfully, the automatic camera caught this photo of
both of us casing post-disaster-avoidance:
Levi harangued me into a 20-second Tuesday at the Lumberyard (video
forthcoming) and convinced me this was a good idea. It’s pretty weird,
as you’re spinning before you clear the lip. Thanks to Levi, Henry,
and Silas' encouragement, I landed it after a few tries.
Recovering from a sprained AC-joint means no hopping and jumping, but
pumping seems to work pretty well:
Chris and I went to the Lumberyard for a little
session. Unfortunately, it ended with me clipping my right shoulder on
the lip of a ramp, so I am in a sling for a few weeks due to an AC-joint
Ah, the inaugural “Hello, World” post. It’s a holiday weekend, and I have
finally run out of excuses for not maintaining a blog. So, here we are.