|(Posted 7/4/2003) |
(Provided by Louie Baur of VkSports.com. Edited by Josh Rabinowitz for SkateboardDirectory.com)
Arizona - 6 companies banded together to create the Arizona "We'll Make You Famous" tour, and travelled from Northern to Southern Arizona to support skateshops by putting on demos.
Day 1 - Flagstaff, Arizona
"So the plan was for everybody to meet around 3am and to get to flagstaff for the first demo at 11am. I had a few people crash over at my place and we kicked back and played xbox for a few hours until we headed to the shop at 1:30am. Some people where waiting and for the next hour everybody else trickled in including King Chanitta.
The van was so packed and people looked really uncomfortable but it was time to go skate not be comfy so the sardine can tour was underway. Keith from Fourth World Clothing was driving his F-150 and towing the trailer and I was driving the van. Once we got past Barstow on the way to Needles, the sun started to rise and this is where I realized I was really tired. Too bad it took 3 and a half more hours to get to flagstaff!
We located Focus Boardshop in downtown Flagstaff easily enough and made plans to go to Bushmaster Skatepark. I had been here about 5 years ago and from what I could remember it was pretty decent. Well my memory doesnt server me very well because the park wasn't really that fun and had some issues. The bowl was unskateable as you would for sure loose your speed eventually, and the pyramid was too steep in the street course. The kids made it work good enough and we got some shots either way.
We bailed Bushmaster and headed over to locate the hotel room. Damn I hooked it up $44.00 per room for a suite at the Amerisuites! We got 4 rooms and everybody was pretty happy that they could stretch out. I hope the Prescotty Valley Motel is somewhat similar. I took a quick nap and around 3:30 we all headed over to the Fox Glenn Skatepark for the last demo. Fox Glenn Rocks! The bowled section and the street section are so far away from each other you cant see them-- its awesome! They are connected by a corridor with a series of hips - kind of a snake run if you will. The demo was much better here, there was a big turnout of kids, which was good, and after a few hours we got into a huge product toss which left everybody there nice and happy!
Its Friday morning now and I am just completing my little writeup and we don't have to skate until Cottonwood at 5pm. I think we will try to cruise around and see if we can locate some street stuff or maybe go back to that other park.
Day 2 - Cottonwood, Arizona
Right after I left Kinko's for my first update I located a little gap and a rail to ollie over so I grabbed a few of the guys and asked them if they where interested. Daryll, Collin, Jason, Joey and Tom were game so we headed back over. Collin ended up being the only one to land any thing here and we got a few pics of that. Then it was off to Burger King to grab some grub and start figuring out what to do for that day. We decided to head down to Cottonwood through Sedona so we could take in a few sites before the next demo. It was a pretty short drive down the windy road to Sedona and that place is pretty bitchen! We grabbed a few pictures there and continued down to Cottonwood to go find the Sidewalk Skater. We arrived there way too early, like at about 1am, and we needed to find something to do for 4 hours until the demo started. After chilling in the sidewalk skater and watching a few videos we decided to grab some food and then go down to the river. Well we arrived at the river in Cottonwood and everybody was laughing their asses off it was an overglorified stream! I was so damn hot that i just layed down in it and got some water on me. It seemed that nobody else shared my enthusiasm in this venture and the crew wanted to get the hell out of there.
We headed on back to Sidewalk Skater and some of the kids were starting to roll in, so we started the demo a little early. Sidewalk Skater has an 8 ft tall mini ramp and some street stuff next to it so we ripped it up. Tony Cervantes just learned backside tailslides on that ramp earlier on that day, so that was a cool trick to see him through down for sure. Collin Provost and Justin Gordon were throwing down every mini ramp trick in the book, and Jarret Berry, Pat Chanitta and Donovan Dresti were also on the ramp. After about an hour of skating we started doing some raffles and giveaways. Helena hooked us up with a bunch of food and one of the things she brought out were deviled eggs. We decided to have a devil egg eating contest between three kids which then turned into a eat as much stuff as you can contest with one goal in mind which was seeing who could puke first. Unfortunately puking never really happened, but it was funny seeing these guys eat everything in sight and they got a good food supply for the next few days.
Once the demo winded down we headed over to Cottonwood Skatepark to roll around that for a little while. It got dark on us pretty quickly so we fired up the generator and lit up one of the hips. This session lasted for about an hour and a half and the Cottonwood kids got to see some first hand night generation, and they were stoked on that. It was now 10pm and time to start heading to Prescott Valley to find our hotel. We took the road through Jerome, Arizona, which is a mountain town, and it was like a scene out of an Italian movie. The roads were narrow and went right through the middle of town. It looked like a pretty cool place to go visit for sure! We arrived in Prescott Valley at about 11:15pm and were greeted by our contact there with 7 pizzas, so that was awesome. We were all pretty beat, had a few beers and went to bed early because we were going to be in a parade the next day.
Day 3 Prescott Valley, Arizona
Have you ever got 19 tired skateboarders up at 8:30 am and told them to sit on a flat bed trailer for a parade? I hadn't to that point and it was happening! The city of Prescott Valley and Wood on Wheels Skateshop were putting on the demo at the park, and the parade was part of the Prescott Valley Days deal that they do every year to pump up the carnival and other events. We hopped on this trailer behind a monster truck driven by some dude named Joe and moved to our position in line in the parade. We were float number 33. We sat in the hot ass sun for about an hour before the parade got under way and before you knew it we where going down the main streets of Prescott Valley promoting skateboarding! We were behind a few horses that kept shitting on the road so as we skated around the float we had to dodge horse shit which was a first for me. It was actually pretty cool, we handed out stickers and candy to all the kids lined up along the parade path and got to goof off quite a bit. When you are getting towed and not paying attention your board gets really close to the wheels of the trailer and both Collin Provost and Justin Gordon got to close to the wheels of the trailer and got their boards ran over. The trailer was only going about 5 miles per hour so nobody got hurt up to this point and there was no damage to the boards. Once we got through the parade we where driving down the road at about 30 miles per hour and Justin Gordon was screwing around with his ass on the trailer and feet on his board doing powerslides and stuff like that when all of a sudden we lost Justin. Apparently shuvits at 35mph dont work to well and Justin fell off the trailer and hit the ground! We stopped the trailer and went back to pick him up. He got pretty jacked up, ripped a pretty good sized hole in his hand and got a pretty big swelbow as well. This I would have to say was one of the funniest things I have ever seen in my life and even though Justin was pretty battered up he got a good laugh out of it as well.
We cruised back to the hotel room to get out of the sun for a few hours and to rest up for the demo that was going to take place at the Prescott Valley Skatepark at 1pm. Once we arrived at the demo the park was hopping and tons of people where there. We mixed in with the locals and skated with them for awhile and when the smash up derby factor was too high we cleared out the park for our guys. There were a couple of different things the guys were hitting at this park and there was a lot of good skating going on. At one point I saw a kid with the Transworld Am Issue that is out now and told him that Collin Provost had a 2 page Split Clothing ad in there. I got the kid to go to Collin and get him to sign it and then everybody went to their cars to get their mags and get him to sign it. Seems like kids like to get autographs from people in magazines. I looked over and saw Pat Chanitta busy signing autographs as well. At this time I would like to thank Pat for coming along, squeezing in our packed van and being a part of the trip. That guy is cool as shit and ripped all the parks we went to! Thanks Pat :-) We went back to the hotel and we didnt have to do anything until the next morning so it was time to get some rest. After about a 4 hour nap me and a few of the boys headed on over to Whiskey Row in downtown Prescott and tore it up at a few bars. Many Kamikazee shots later somebody thought it would be a good idea to hit the nasty ass strip club called Pinyon Pines so we headed on over there. This place is probably the worst strip club that I ever went to, when we walked in there was a chick on stage with a gut the size of mine so I knew this was going to be interesting. We got hooked up nicely there due to the cocktail waitress being at the skatepark a few hours earlier, she made sure we got in for free and got good priced drinks. A few of us got lap dances and nobody paid over $5 for them if this gives you any idea of what a classy establishment the place was. Bars close at 1am in Arizona which is a good thing because we needed to call an end to the night and get some sleep for the massive amount of driving that was in store for us the next day.
Day 4 Marana, Arizona
We woke up at about 9:30 today so we could head on down to Phoenix to meet the owner of Option Skateshop. It was pretty gnarly getting everybody up and into the van because the day before I had told them they could sleep in. Oh well, shit happens and plans change. We arrived in Phoenix at around noon and cruised into Option Skateshop to go meet those guys and hang out a little bit. Afterwards we hit the Gameworks there for a few hours and had a bunch of fun there. We played that basketball game with 6 people instead of 2 and the balls kept getting stuck up there so we kept sending Tony up onto the court to get our game going again. Gotta love that 3 hour unlimited card for $20, with 2 of those we where all set.
After we left Phoenix the second stupidest thing of the trip happened. I pulled into Chevron to get gas and after having a temper tantrum because it was so hot, I managed to get the nozzle of the gas pump stuck in the van. The gas attendant said she had never seen that happen before and had no solution for me to get it out. I suggested driving off and ripping it out of the van but somebody told me that would probably damage the van. They ended up calling some dude to come out and force the nozzle out of the van. I had to sign a waiver to let him do this and it was pretty much a big hassle but funny at the same time. After an hour delay we where on the road to Marana, Arizona where Coyote Skateshop is located. We arrived at Coyote and Scott had a bunch of drinks ready for us which was kinda nice. We relaxed for about an hour and headed on over to the park. Marana is pretty desolate so we didnt expect much but the park was located in a huge new housing development on the hill and there were quite a few people waiting for us. I did my usual "Pat Chanitta is in the house" announcement and the demo was on. Darryl Weaver was hitting noseslides down the hubba, Jarrett, Jason, Pat, Collin and Donovan tore the pyramid apart, and Justin was working the half pipe area. We skated for about an hour and a half and had our last huge product throw session and it looks like most everybody cruised out of there with something. After that wound down some of the guys went over to the basketball court to take on mini Kobe and some of the other locals. They seemed to do pretty well but I think they still got smoked! After this Scott invited us to a friends house to cool off in the swimming pool and get some bbq going. I went swimming, did some chicken fighting, throwing the football at peoples heads and normal pool activities, ate some food and took a two hour nap to rest up for the drive home. We took the 8 freeway home and it was an agonizing 9 hour drive and once again we saw the sun rise in the middle of the desert. We arrived back at Vk
sports and 9am, took a final picture and everybody parted ways. Finally it was all over:-)
This trip had a bunch of different people involved and here is the list
Vksports sent Louie Baur and Amanda Wheeler
Master Image Customs - sent Jason Martinez and Justin Gordon
Pat Chanitta was there representing Powell, Bones bearings, Mountain Dew, Independent, Ally Co., Dragon, Go Urethane, Guerilla Union
Fourth World Clothing towed the trailer and sent Tony Cervantes, Matt Gallardo, Ray Yanez, and Mike Massaro
Cowboy Punk sent Joey Marshall and Jarret Berry
Oakley sent Jason Martinez and Collin Provost
ThirdChoice sent Darrell Weaver
Underworld Skateboards sent Donovan Dresti
We got product for the trip from these companies:
Unleashed Clothing, Dragonetti Wheels, ADD, Jokers Rails, Sullen Clothing, nomadik clothing, Red Bull, Girl Skateboards, Dirtbag Clothing, Flowlab, Hanger, and 8&9 Shortys Skateboards.
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