Monthly Archives: December 2012

Two Men Enter One Man Wins

Against all common sense, Classic Skate Shop decided to have another skate comp in the month of December. There’s an unwritten rule that states skateboard events take place in the warmer months. Tours, demos, and contests are preferred in warmer weather by the folks putting on the events, not necessarily the actual skaters. We went out of our way to break that rule with contests in October, November, and pushing it close in December. The day of the TerrorDome contest was cold and windy, a lot of both for most the day.

I’ve never liked being told what to do in any capacity. I hate the fact I even have to stop at red lights. Laws and Rules never made much sense to me. I believe that common sense and proper values should prevail over something enforced. Right is right and if you’re in the wrong, there’s a price to pay. That being said, why not do skate contests anytime of year? Skateboarding is not seasonal bro.

For this second contest out at the Fallon Skate Park, we had a big solid group of friends make the trek from Reno to get their race on. We paired the local crew with the Reno crew to mix it up and get some fire burning. It was very competitive in a way skating should be. Everyone was smiling, hauling ass, slamming, and grabbing shirts for pole position. There are no rules in a TerrorDome contest so anything goes was the idea once you started.

In any contest there’s first place but, in this case everyone won. Getting a big posse of skaters together for a contest in December is what skating is all about. It’s communal and great for the scene. By the middle of the day the sun was shining bright on us all. The TerrorDome 2 contest ended 2012 the best way possible, skating with friends. Next year is going to be one for the books, we’re going to keep it going fellas. Thanks to Dane Haman for the photos. -ERL


Marcus Alford backlip.


Jossue Molina and Bailey Knight.


Peyton Wilson in the speed trap.


Joshua Lamon booze cruisin’ with Scott La Rock.


Marcus Alford in the tube.


Austin Michael Rau and Robert Conniff charging it.


Austin and Robert round two.


Jossue and Bryant.


Ryan Wisniewski and Frank Silveira working it out.


Tyler swerving around Marcus, slams were had at TerrorDome.


Jossue in the zone.


And we’re off!


Mitch Haight and Tyler DeWitt had to go twice, close races.


TerrorDome! No prisoners.


Nothing but fun and a little blood.


Hector getting some.


There was some great Reno vs Fallon races, all in fun. No jock shit.




We received our first real snow in Reno finally. By finally I don’t express any excitement or longing. Rain is one thing, it usually dries out as quick as it lands in Nevada. It’s this cursed thing called snow that concerns me. Growing up in a small town with no parking garages was murder. We had no sanctuary from the snow. There were many days we would sweep off Greg’s ramp and de-ice it to make a sesh still happen. A little moisture on a masonite ramp made for some memorable slams. It was still better than the alternative, not skating.

I don’t really snowboard per say, I do like it though. Just not enough to blow off a day of skating to do so. I broke my first bone snowboarding and received many a concussion. I’m sure today would be an “epic” day to go ride. I’m thinking more along the lines of a parking garage on a day like this. I drove by two skate parks today that were obviously abandoned, completely snowed out for all the new completes the day after X-Mas. Bummer.

It has always been a Reno tradition to find a place to skate regardless of the snow or cold. I hope everyone doesn’t throw in the towel and not skate today. There are  5 skate-able parking garages and multiple overhangs that are dry. I know it’s not the safe routine of a skate park, it’s new terrain to make the most of on a day like today. More importantly, it’s not made for skating. People are paid salaries to protect these cement structures from people like us. Push the boundaries, break the law, and keep the Reno street skating scene alive. It’s a jock mentality to consider calling it due to snow or rain. Get out and keep the Cops on their toes, get out and skate your city. -ERL


Despite how hard Beau’s departure hit all of us, today is a day to remember what we had in the most unique and loving person I ever had in my life. Reno hasn’t been and will never be the same. Memories are razor sharp and when that’s all you have, consider it a gift. We get together and keep the spirit alive and well. I am thankful to all my friends I have in my life to share your memory. Bear hugs, cig breath, Sinclair ridiculousness, and that smile. The sun was shining bright today brother, thank you. Happy Birthday. You are Loved. Live4Die4. -ERL




Seek Shelter

This past Sunday was a good one. Flood warnings brought back memories of the flood we had in 97. I was hoping for a little carnage but, Mother Nature spared Reno of a good Juggalo bathing. Maybe next time? I had talked to the crew about a Shred Sunday back up plan to keep the tradition uninterrupted. It hadn’t rained that hard in years so I new we had to seek shelter.

Woodward was a topic off and on. I agreed with most of the older crew that a parking garage session was in order. Slowly one by one, everyone trickled into the shop to figure out where it was to be. The big topic on Facebook was that it was too wet to skate. Countless posts from people making excuses not to get out and roll. It reminded me of all the older guys who found it so easy to quit skating in the late 90s/early 2000s. There is always a place to go skate regardless of wind, rain, snow, or heat. It is what you make it and it’s a lot easier to choose not to skate at all. Fuck that.

We watched the new Girl/Chocolate video and proceeded to hit up the parking garage by UNR. It was obvious 20 minutes into the sesh that the video had the crew sparked up. Everyone motivated each other and it was a solid day. We missed linking up with another group shredding IRS. Regardless, a damp, dusty, and poorly lit parking garage might as well have been Woodward. No charge, no helmets, and nothing but dudes tearing it up. With all the talk about DIY spots, I find we are surrounded by them all throughout Reno. Find a spot and make it your own by skating it. Either that or keep complaining online about how your scene sucks. It is what you make it, just like everything in life. Don’t talk about it, be about it. -ERL


Scott La Rock Fakie Nosegrind.


Scott La Rock Brew Nollie Lip.


Frank Silveira Five O.


Scaught Bate Hurricane.


Mitch Haight Bluntside.