I have very vivid memories of drawing ramps, and bowls and various configurations of imaginary obstacles to skate in the margins of my notebook during Mr. Albright's algebra II class. Never in my wildest dreams did I believe that as an adult such a place would exist and that I would have the opportunity to skate it. Last weekend I had such an opportunity at Skate the Cellar as Action Dan, Marc L and I had an incredible time.
The first half of our time was spent in the dual bowls in the basement. Honestly these were the hardest things I have ever skated. Tight transitions, and keeping speed was tough without letting it get away from you. The transition up to vertical on the walls was so much fun, but as you transitioned down you could feel your speed just drop. Grinding in the corners was euphoric...
Marc letting it rip:
The second half of the session was upstairs on the mini ramp. The ramp is beautiful. This was the 1st time in 25 years I skated a legit half pipe/mini ramp. It was so fast and smooth. I was cautious, but it was so much fun. Carved a bunch and dropped in from the high side, just carving to see how far up the vert wall I could make it... the place was a dream come true.
Skating with Dan and Marc is such a great experience. All the locals I get to skate with are amazing, but Dan and Marc are more in my head space. The Skating is rad, but then the bullshit that I guess normal guys my age do standing around a Home Depot is a nice way to wrap up the day.
|photo by Marc Luce|
|photo Dan Action|
So grateful for this opportunity... Thanks Marc!