Author: Samuel Milianta

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Cameron Starke – Frontside 5-0 – SLC, Utah

Sometimes an old spot gets a new life just because it’s under construction. Skaters are generally resourceful and will use any junk possible to make a spot. No trip to Home Depot happened there—it’s not quite what you could call a DIY spot…But the trash bin someone left at the old Dead Goat location made for a fun session.

Photo: Samuel Milianta

Photo: Samuel Milianta

It seems that every time I go out skating with Garrison Conklin, I end up with at least three great photos of him. He’s the kind of guy who skates all those “almost a spot” spots and makes it seem effortless. He’s got massive ollies and quick, little ninja feet.

This spot on Broadway has been around as long as I can remember, and the frontside boneless has been a staple trick even longer. It was about time we made match.com profiles for the weird plaque bank on Broadway and the frontside boneless and finally hooked the two of them up. I’m glad that Conklin got to be the official chauffeur on their first date.

Garrison Conklin, Frontside Boneless. Salt Lake City, UT, 2012.

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Skate spots, like everything else in this world, come and go. Some are around for years and some are around for a day. A lot of times, the most unique and amazing spots are the ones that are temporary: the spots made by someone’s foolish mistake of backing their car into a pole, or randomly putting a piece of wood against a wall.

This spot was only around for a little while. I went here two days in a row. The first day was hassle-free, but the second day was a bust. This thing was like a big saucer that, as far as I can tell, was meant to be the cap on some sort of underground pipe/tunnel situation. It was super dirty, rusty and had no flatbottom. It took a little getting used to, but Cameron Starke banged out a F/S rock in no time. Truthfully, harder tricks went down, but there’s something classic about a F/S rock that makes for a good photo.

Cameron Starke, F/S rock, Salt Lake City.

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