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Ok guys, here is the first edition of what I hope to be a bi-weekly thing: Lazy Days With llamas. The way it works is people submit created parks and I pick one and skate it and write a review of it complete with pictures. The goal of this is to shed light on some of the talent we have and also give you guys something fun to read. Eventually Id like this to be a featured part of the website, so with your support and feedback hopefully we can make it happen. So here goes nothin
This week I skated Wallows, built by Bladderboy and modeled after the real Wallows Banks in Hawaii
Ok youngins, today we're going to skate what we call "a ditch." Now for those of you that were blessed with nicely curved transitions from bank to flat at your purpose-built skateparks, a ditch is short for drainage ditch and was designed with the purpose of giving a city's excess water a place to go, as well as for the rivers, creeks and streams to run off into when it rained a bunch. They have banked sides and have a long, down hill run. As you can imagine this makes for perfect skating opportunities. But skating ditches is no walk in the damn park. It'll make a man out of you. Those banks are very abrupt and very rough. No perfectly smooth transition here. Plus theres no telling whats there to ruin your day. Be it the pile of gravel you find after that lofty air, or that fault line in the middle of nowhere that you dont roll over just right while blazing down that beast. Hell I've even ran across a few hobos that got pissed at me for moving their house so I could skate. But enough talk, now its time to man up kids. Grab your swimmin trunks, a machete and have mummy pack you a sack lunch, cuz were goin 'splorin!
You might want to bring a broom too....and some band-aids. You've got insurance, right?
The first thing youll notice about the park is the complete attention to detail. From the weeds growing up, to the busted up, forgotten look, Bladderboy took his time to make sure this was as legit looking as possible. Lets all thank him for leaving out the gigantic cracks.
When you spawn in the park there is a flat area with a large bank and a table that promise some fun right off the bat. You can even swing both ways...Get it? both ways...into and out of the...nevermind, anyway its a fun time and its well worth spending a few minutes up here before you head on down the run.
A noticeable perk of this park is how well the banks flow. The transitions from bank to flat work very well and dont trip you up in random spots. Theyre also the perfect size and pitch for carving and jumping.
Hitting these hips was something fun to do. Theyre not too abrupt but theyre steep enough to pop you up quickly.
In my head I was grabbing that drain pipe. At least Tony Hawk's games had Bert Slides...
One little hidden gem I found was this spot right here. Remove the plywood to reveal a burly sized gap and a bank to ledge.
Alright so thats it, the first edition of what will be a long standing run of Lazy Days With llamas, Hope you guys liked it, feel free to give me any feedback you have, and tell me if you guys would like to see this happen on a regular basis. And also throw me some suggestions of parks to skate.
quite enjoyable/saddening, great photos, nice little read, saddening because it's on xbox.. BLADDER GET A FUCKING PS3!
can't wait for the next one!