LasChicAZ have more fun than you…

LasChicAZ have more fun than you…

So, I had another epic, yet somewhat unexpected, session on Sunday. The morning started a bit chaotic, plans up in the air; but all of the pieces eventually fell into place quite nicely. Steve and I exchanged our two not-so-mini girls for three “more mature” ripping chicas & headed for the skatepark in Wickenburg. After an awesome session, including plenty of heckling and guidance from “Skatedad Steve”, we visited our buddy Josh at the art fair & then it was off to a local watering hole for some tasty grub and cold brew. Jealous yet? I don’t blame you, if you are. I know I would be if I had missed out on all the fun… Road trips are always a blast with this crew. The bowl needed a little clean-up. Thanks for the McGyver (or should I say McGruber?) brooms Steve! Las ChicAZ photo shoots are serious business. Laura’s folks even came by to watch their “little girl” shred. So cool! Sunday FUNDAY!!! Nat & Steve, having a little too much fun with the locals. Of course the Diva had to get in on that action too. *Note: No statues were harmed in the making of this blog post. What are you freaking looking at? Las ChicAZ might like to have fun, but “badass” is our specialty. One parting shot of our “softer side” (the bloody knee is a nice touch, huh?). Check back for more skate shots from this epic session in my next blog post. Yeah, this is my version of a...
No pain, no gain…

No pain, no gain…

I’m a firm believer in “paying your dues”, particularly with regard to skateboarding. Overcoming fears & working through pain are some of the most crucial parts of improving your game, in my opinion. I admit that I have a seemingly odd, but not unique, appreciation for pain. I don’t have a huge bag of tricks or a glass case full of trophies to show for my years of love of & dedication to “the silly wooden toy”, but battle scars? Oh yeah, I’ve got that department covered… If these photos give you the impression that skateboarding is too dangerous, don’t fret; I’m sure there is a golf course somewhere near you...
The best-laid plans…

The best-laid plans…

Last night a skate session of epic proportions went down in Scottsdale, AZ. Legends, up-and-comers, supportive spectators & every level in-between were skating, mingling, hooting & heckling. Although there has been a relatively well established Thursday night skate crew rolling MMR for some time, this rather impromptu gathering was a somewhat last minute development. I mentioned to one of the local rippers that we should rally a similar session for Goodyear in the near future. He pointed out, quite accurately, that sessions like this never seem to work with too much advanced planning. I’ve had similar discussions with several of my skate buddies lately. It seems the days I head out to skate with big goals for myself turn out to be the days I do more sitting & socializing. The days I leave the house “not really feeling it” are often the days I learn a new trick or two. The sessions I try to rally days in advance never seem to work out as planned, and then, within a few hours, an epic crew like the one that gathered last night, converges on a park. There isn’t really anything I can do to change this phenomenon & I’m fine with that. I guess the point I’m trying to make with all I this incessant babbling is one I’ve made before… Take every chance you can to GET OUT AND SKATE!! (You can substitute whatever activity you are passionate about for “skate”) If you can’t muster the energy to do it for yourself, then do it for those that can’t. You never know when you’re going to roll...
Steve Schneer R.I.P.

Steve Schneer R.I.P.

Since the day I fell in love with skateboarding I have felt the skate community was much like a large, extended family. Today our family learned of the passing of one of our Godfathers, a true innovator of our art form. I wasn’t lucky enough to know Steve Schneer as well as many of my skate brothers & sisters, but I was privileged enough to have shared one of my most memorable skate weekends with him. I honestly hope he can see, or at the very least feel, the outpouring of love & respect that has been shared by our skate family today, as the news of his passing has spread. If it is true that “a picture is worth a thousand words”, than I have a few thousand words to share with my skate family. This one is for you, brother. Never...
Don’t call it a comeback…

Don’t call it a comeback…

So, my “athletic supporter” & most loyal sponsor, otherwise known as my “better half” or Steve, set up this blog for me a few years back. Despite the ease of use, not to mention the never-ending barrage of skate stoke I am lucky enough to be bombarded with (thanks to awesome friends near & far), I have been unable, or at least unwilling, to publish even the simplest of blog posts…until now!!!! I have a tendency to let my “Debbie Downer” moments get the best of me. I know damn well that the best thing I could during those low times would be to get out & get high on skateboarding! Instead, I would hide away, make excuses & wallow in my own self-pity. I decided 2014 should be the year this old dog learns some new tricks (literally & figuratively). I have actually skated 27 of 31 days in January & so far, I’m 3 for 3 in February. I figure this is as good a reason as any to celebrate by getting this blog rolling (again) & spreading some skate stoke to my friends on the...