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Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Half-Baked Half-Pipe

Two steps back, one step forward seems to be the motto of the day. What started as an honest attempt to get into a new sport – surfing – has turned into a full-blown regression to adolescences.

The half-baked idea was to build a half-pipe. The theory being that the four-foot plywood transitions would simulate the green wall of a peeling wave. What my chums and I have conveniently ignored is the difference between falling from four feet and landing on water versus wood.

It’s been ten full years since I skated a half-pipe, but I can still remember taking some headlong pile-drives that would of made Jimmy Superfly Snuka proud. Back then I’d brush myself off, climb back up and do it again. If that happened now I have a sneaking suspicion I’d squeal like a stuck pig and spend the rest of the day in traction with an ibuprofen drip.

Some might call it arrested development, but the dream is nearing fulfillment. My brother, OS, recently purchased an 8’ x 4’ x 22’ half-pipe off Craig’s List. As soon as we can haul it to his house, we’ll be hauling ass, which will be followed shortly by hauling ourselves to the hospital I’m sure.

Who’s dropping-in first?


Blogger Foul Pete said...

hey, you built it without us?

how much to skate? here's what we hit on the weekend....


11:01 AM  
Blogger Foul Pete said...

oh i see now... you're buying a pre-fab mini ramp. looks fun though...

11:02 AM  
Blogger G said...

Whoa, you guys are legit. You might have to run tutorials for us first. Yeah, my bro bought the ramp and is now just waiting to transfer it. Did you check out the new park in Pie Park? I think it was opening this last weekend.

3:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I went up to pier to check it out. I look forward to a new paycheck and the possibility of buying up there. teh park is sick and includes a 2'-5' mini bowl, a 5' mid bowl and a full blow 8-10' bowl with full pipe. Plenty to play with early in the morn before work. Now if I can just find that work, and buy that house...

3:48 PM  
Blogger G said...

Not sure a massive hospital bill will help your current financial situation, but I'd love to test the waters at Pier. Let's plan a sesh for next week...early before the groms are there to laugh at us.

4:46 PM  
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