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so yeah, I haven't posted much lately. not due to a lack of subject matter, but rather because of first, no power at our house for three days (that was awesome) and then, technical ball-ups with my website hosting program. I couldn't log on. log out. water-logged. I was all over the place as well. I haven't ridden a whole lot due to busy work travels and such, but I try to sneak it in. I packed my van very efficiently last week so I would have room for my bike. Driving from Cinci to Detroit, I had a couple parks to choose from. One, in Miamisburg, is real fun but I was just there a few weeks ago. The other, in Middletown, is really fun to skate and ride, but last time I rode my bike there I got kicked out. I was told that they had mellowed out on bikes so I decided to go there. I pulled up and was still talking on the phone when I saw a few dudes on bikes. Stoked. Next, I saw a dude on a bike do a peg manual to decade. Catfish! It had to be, I thought, and it was.
Catfish is a good friend and just an amazing person. He was riding the park by himself. We rode for a long time and even had the privledge of witnessing the "Legend" of Dayton in action. This dude was riding the most busted, janky bike and just shredding. Half-cab crank flip into the big bowl, for example. Tons of innovative, amazing tricks, all with clankity spokes and squeaky pieces. Catfish told me some crazy stories about this dude and after observing him for a couple of hours, they are all believable. Catfish invited me to stay at his new house, where he lives with his brother and the notorious Simone (pictured above). It's interesting, the more you learn about a person and their background, life and experiences, the more you understand what that person is all about. I can't even begin to comprehend all that it is Catfish, but now I have a little more insight into his life and I think more highly of him than ever. He's with the DK team on Props Megatour Europe right now.
Speaking of Props, I got the latest issue the other day and it is great as always. The FBM Brawlin' at the Belmar event coverage is insane. So many people just taking it. My favorite part is when the interview this little kid with a mohawk and ask who his favorite pro is "Dad!" he says, then comes Kelly Baker cranking at these monstrous jumps. Kelly rules.
We had a birthday party for Noah on Saturday. He's turning 2 this week. I got him this little DK for his birthday, but it showed up last week when the power was out and we were bored, so I put it together. He is stoked. I'll try to get a pic of him in action on it, but it's tough since he needs my help to ride it.
Not that I can't take photos of myself...
I'm the mystery man, riding my new ledge thing. My session with Catfish actually inspired me to build this simple box. I also built a work bench this weekend. I'm proud of the fact that I didn't buy any materials at all for either creation. Sure, some of the wood for the box were mis-purchased materials for my deck, but no money went out as this was going together. It's just what I wanted it to be, but it's pretty high on the tall end. The first 180 I did off of it was bone-jarring. I rode it for awhile in the barn tonight and it was great. Time is at a premium for me and if I can session this thing for a little bit each day I will be able to keep my up-jumps in check and maybe learn some new things.
There is a jam in the works, sponsored by Deliverance Project, at the public park in Dowagiac, Michigan.
This park is poorly designed, poorly built, quirky, weird and super fun. There is never anyone there when I've been there and I'm hoping we can just show up and pull off an event. Here are some shots that Sean Newton and crew took last week.
That's Levi Brown, styling over one of the hips.
Here's a nice one of Sean. I'm not sure who took this, but it was either Levi or Tyler...
Here Ty spins a 270 over the same hip. I don't know where he got the speed to go that high.
Stay tuned for more details on this event. It will be fun, I assure you.
My friend Jeff V. took this sequence of me a few weeks ago at that reunion deal we had. I overlooked the obvious key subject matter when I first looked at these photos. I hope Jeff Tabb sees this. How come I always end up tormenting the fat kids?