A demo came to town Memorial Day weekend at the Northridge Skatepark. It’s one of the new skateparks in the San Fernando Valley. The word went out far and wide … A demo came to town Memorial Day weekend at the Northridge Skatepark. It’s one of the new skateparks in the San Fernando Valley. The word went out far and wide and many companies signed up to pitch in to the party. Volcom and it’s entertainment, Chris Gentry and posse, Afroman, Juice Mag, and many others.
Starting at 5 o’clock p.m. we’d figure it wouldn’t be kicking into overdrive for a while so we were a little fashionably late. When we turned down the normally quiet street that the park is on we saw buttloads of people and cars parked farther than we could have ever anticipated. Luckily we were spotted by the hosts and offered a front row VIP spot. That was good for us to grab a cold beer out of the cooler easier.
Things were already in full swing so we meandered in and up to the vert ramp were a session was already in progress. Jeff Ferris was blasting airs, Rich was skating hesh style doing gnarly tricks, McKinnis was already a completely wrecked warrior, and a couple young guys were tearing it up without pads on.
Over on the street course it was chaos. I don’t even know who was riding but I remember Ricky Stiles, and Dan Levy, were constantly blurring by. I grabbed a few pieces of action for the video clip then went back up the big ramp and skated the demo.
Meanwhile, the bands were performing and keeping the party lit up with sounds. Products tosses and promotions were getting outta hand. It seemed like they almost got one of the hot models to flash the crowd. That finally got our attention! But it didn’t happen…
Chris Gentry finally decided it was time to ride and he started trying to bust some shit out. It took him a while to get accustomed to the ramp. He didn’t skate much but finally gave the crowd a show.
A while after that and me and Barfly were in need of some piece and quiet and some more beer. I had skated my ass off like never before(in the last 5 years).We split for the Brewery and enjoyed some good eats and beer. Last I heard it was McKinnis and legend Eric Grisham closing down the vert session sometime after midnight. They were the warriors!
Thanks to all the hosts, sponsors, bands, and skaters for keeping skateboarding cool.