Go Skateboarding Day with Milo crew. Photo: cezaryna
My doctor told me that I shouldn’t skateboard until the middle of July because the bone underneath the titanium plate is not fused yet—never bomb a hill on a Penny Board, unless you want a broken clavicle. June 21 was National Go Skateboard Day. It promotes all skateboarders to get out of the house and skate. Injury or not, I was determined to celebrate this holiday in proper fashion. To commemorate, Milo Sport was holding a tour of skate parks. I felt that this event was the perfect thing to do on Go Skateboarding Day.
The first stop of the tour was Heber Skate Park. It was a lengthy drive, about an hour away from West Valley. The drive was well worth it, because I had yet to skate any of the parks on the list. It feels daunting when you visit a park you have never been to, you don’t know what you’re getting yourself into—thinking that you are about to go down a bank, until you notice that it’s actually a seven stair and so forth. After circling the park a couple times, the smaller bowls with a roll in seemed like the best place to get my skate legs back. It had been a little over seven weeks since my surgery and I did not want to risk putting myself in the hospital again. Eventually I grew tired of having to watch out for scooter kids with helmets at the entrance of the roll in, so I decided to take a rest. As I leaned my back against the fence, I saw legs flailing on the other side of the park where the more gnarly bowls were. Feet pointed to the sky and board flying the other way—these legs belonged to Shaun McBride. This guy was trying stuff I had never seen before and was having fun the whole time. Uriel Ruvalcaba had lots of energy and focus while riding transition. He managed to tailblock on the vert extension of the smaller bowl. Heber Skate Park was well-rounded in its design. It had something to offer people of all skills levels.
The second stop on the tour was Oakley Skate Park. At first glance I was unsure if I was going to skate at this park. The bowls were deep, and they looked as though they had been glazed in oil. “It just looks slippery because no one skates here, it’s pretty much new,” Benny Pellegrino said—Benny is the Manager at Milosport Orem, and one of the coordinators who put the whole event together. I felt reassured about the park after his statement. So, I went for it, after seeing everyone else ripping the bowls. Oakley was empty before everyone on the tour arrived. It was nice seeing familiar faces at a totally different venue. Ruvalcaba is a team rider for Milo, he came to this park with the same energy he had at the last one—with a 5-0 over the love seat and front board on the hubba. Kwami Adzitso was holding it down on the outside of the bowls, landing a back lip on the handrail and a back 5-0 to shuv out on the ledge. I don’t think that I saw Dan Nielson at the first park, but he killed Oakley. Nielson was doing stand-up 50-50 grinds on the deepest part of the bowls and almost landed a noseblunt on the smaller transition coping. I’m sure that everyone was feeling at least some fatigue at this point, but there was no time to think about that. We had hotdogs to eat and another park to skate.
We were in a caravan of cars from Oakley to Park City Skate Park, the final stop of the tour. Once we arrived, we were smacked in the face by people. Tons of kids skating, little kids in helmets being judged by a man yelling at them, and oddly enough, hotdogs were already being served. I didn’t think twice as I received a hotdog from someone I had never seen before. They were handing out money for tricks landed on the double set. Adzitso landed a back 180 and Mitchell Shultz stomped a clean pop shuv down the double. Tricks were being landed and cash was exchanging hands. After this, cruising around the park seemed like a fun thing to do. This park is massive, from the middle you can’t see the north end—where the deep bowls are. “Oh, they have hotdogs too?” Benny said, as I was passing him. Until then, I hadn’t realized the obvious, that the people with hotdogs and the money for tricks aspect was a different event. The Milo tent was set up at the north end, where hamburgers and hotdogs were being grilled. Free product from Vans was available as well.
The guys at Milo intend to hold an event like this next year––they wanted something less formal. Anyone could skate something if they wanted, you didn’t have to register in a contest or anything. If you wanted to skate, then you did. At the end of the day, I was walking like an old man from being sore from my first day skateboarding again. You could see who had been to all three skate parks, because they were sunburnt to hell. This day was a blast and I enjoyed being part of this tour.
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