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Shred Sunday’d

Besides the homeless I think we are the only people who lurk so hard. We basically loiter. Driving around looking for new spots to skate will take you to some odd locations. Ending up in an oil soaked industrial loading dock is normal to us. Even better that they had chairs outside for their employees smoke breaks no doubt. To top that, it was covered and we had a dry spot free of snow. Civilians drive by puzzled. Cops drive up concerned.

If you street skate you realize we have more in common with the homeless than most people. We like to do what we want and ignore most of societies preconceived notions of what we should be. Trespassing and destruction of public/private property do not apply to us. Your average person who calls an ambulance when they fall off a curb can’t conceive what we do. Wander, look around, and discover what your streets have to offer. -ERL


Nathan had nosegrinds all day at the Grease Spot.


Lounge crew, it was a Sunday after all.


Jordan got blunted.


Dane murders spots like this. Feeble.


Jordan bluntslide FS 180 away from the tundra.


Dustin had the leap and Frank had a little faith.


Those warm rays you see are a life saver.


Shred Sunday Hoth

The high suggested 22 degrees was all the mercy  we were going to get from Mother Nature. The snow had been scraped and there were a few options besides strictly parking garages. They are always dry but, the lack of sun is brutal. For the first time in a few decades my bushings froze up to the point where they might as well been made out of steel. No turning means no control and rickety style.

The rest of the crew had zero problems adapting their Speeders to the cold. Hot coffee, hot chocolate, and constant motion was the name of the game. As much as an indoor park would have been lovely, I felt better about skating in a frozen hell with a good crew. I’d rather suffer than get soft.

Winter skating takes me back to the day where you and your crew would skate no matter what. You would skate the curb spot by where the jocks hung out even though you knew there would be trouble. Skate a spot you knew you would have to run away from cops or security or you’d lose your board. The hunger of youth overpowers the excuses that comes with age.  A mediocre day skating beats not skating at all. -ERL

You get what you're given. Them's the breaks.

You get what you’re given. Them’s the breaks.

Tyler takes the long ollie into the dry zone.

Tyler takes the long ollie into the dry zone.

Dane made use of a make shift block.

Dane made use of a make shift block.

Cut through a dry spot, over the snow, grind it, and pop out over more snow. The good life.

Cut through a dry spot, over the snow, grind it, and pop out over more snow. The good life.

Seek shelter and attack. Tyler catching a beauty of a kick flip.

Seek shelter and attack. Tyler catching a beauty of a kick flip.

Mother Nature blessed us with some rays of hope.

Mother Nature blessed us with some rays of hope.


Mitch skates vert.

Tyler got his as well.

Tyler got his as well.

Dustin Elliker edit.

The Great Highway 70 Tour

To get away from the smoke and to put the pedal down for the day we headed North. Three towns were the plan, in those three towns of Loyalton, Portola, and Quincy laid 3 skateparks. Clean air, mountains, trees, a boom box, and two car loads of the homies is all it took to put an plan into action. We had the entire skatepark of Loyalton to ourselves. Portola was a tough one and is where the photos are from. We ended up in Quincy where the sign to the entrance of the parks read, “No Bikes.” and “No Scooters” and how sweet that was. Plenty of brews, beautiful scenery, and slight heat stroke. Left early and was home for in time for Breaking Bad. Hit the road. -ERL


The finer things.


Ernie got crooked.


Tony Jumbo stomping shadows.


Apparently this bank to rail served Dane up earlier, he got his revenge next try.


Ian stomping shadows over the hip.


Toby broke the “no transfers over the spine” rule to tail.


Locked in and lapped over 5-0. ERL


Street Stylin’

Skateboarding was born in the streets. That is where it became popular and that’s where it became a nuisance. The popularity and general laziness of hanging out at a skatepark all day is baffling. Say skatepark and I picture helmets, scooters, skate dads, bikes, and too many rules. You say new street spot and I envision endless possibilities. I’ll take a junk ramp over any prebuilt cement nonsense. Toby Riley, Justin Hackle, Tyler DeWitt, and Dane Haman avoid the road entirely and take the alley. -ERL


Double Trouble


Dane get smithy and exits out 180.


5-0 Fakies are hard, 5-0 Fakies in front of the peanut gallery are just mean.




Toby Riley caught in the bricks.


Burning Metal Parking Lot

Curb Life, Lifer, Parking Lot Lurker. Red curb missions are the best mostly due to the fact of their quantities. Still, quality reigns supreme and once you find a spot it’s a keeper. There’s something communal about meeting at a spot not meant for skateboarding and making it your own. Cement vs aluminum in a battle to the axel. Get yours! -ERL


Tyler DeWitt FS Krooked Grind. Photo by ERL.


Dane Haman FS Hurricane. Photo by ERL.


Scott La Rock FS Slappie. Photo by Dane Haman.


ERL FS Hurricane. Photo by Dane Haman.


Tyler DeWitt FS Krooks out of the shadows. Photo by ERL.


Dane Haman FS Hurricane. Peep that back foot. Photo by ERL.


ERL Feeble Grind. Photo by Dane Haman.

Frank Silveira FS Slappy. Photo by Dane Haman.

Tyler DeWitt Feeble Grind. Photo by Dane Haman.

Tyler DeWitt Feeble Grind. Photo by Dane Haman.


Scott La Rock FS Slappy. Photo by Dane Haman


Makes and Breaks

There’s always been a certain mentality you require to stick with skateboarding. Just like everything else, it’s easy to start. Buy or borrow a board and figure out the basics, pushing, balance, and how to turn. Once you get the basics it’s time to learn the tricks, small ones at first because it’s all new still. Back in the day was great, often times you “made up a trick” and gave it some odd 80’s name. The purity of not knowing what had and had not been done yet was golden. They say “It’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt” and that saying applies so much to skateboarding. One day it happens, you finally slam violently on cement and get hurt.

Getting broke off proper while skating changes the course of a lot of skaters. People figure out that skating is not easy, slamming can wreck you for months, and parents aren’t too thrilled about ER visits. There is so much dedication and mental warfare to overcome while trying to land a trick you got hurt trying previously. Sometimes you reach a mental barrier you can no longer cross. I broke my ankle during a trip to San Francisco that got in my head and stayed there, I was scared. That fear stuck with me ever since, although I still continue to break and tear parts of my body skating. If you truly Love something eventually it’s going to hurt you and if you really do love it, you can’t quit.

This is Mitch Haight ollieing a gap that no one knew was a gap until he did it. He might have been scared to try it but, Mitch has that mentality that allows him to overcome fear and doubt. It’s that drive that has him ripping Reno apart. Is the risk worth the reward? It is by all means to us, it’s everything. – ERL

Boom. Dane Haman photo.

Boom. Dane Haman photo.


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.