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Like it was 1980!

Posted on Wednesday, July 13, 2011 by Zach

Photos by Zach Gosteli, Levi Combs, and Justin Ryan
Words and Captions by Zach Gosteli

If you've ever showed up for Tampa Tuesdays at the SPoT bowl then you most likely recognize all the usual suspects here. A couple weeks ago we discussed a trip heading east to skate the property developed very quickly into a full scale, weekend party on skateboards. So a date was set, tents were packed and the truck was loaded up. What followed was two days packed full of skateboarding, partying, camping and good times with friends, not to mention photos that could produce a years worth of Frontside Grind Magazine Covers!

- ZG

Manny Amorelli Jr. was raised right, while a lot of kids his age are counting stairs he's blasting airs up to tail on the Great Wall of ChinaBank at the new Manny Tranny Ramp.
Levi Combs followed him right up with a backside tailslide.
Skater Profile: Levi Combs
Holly Ryan didn't hesitate to drag a truck over sketchy DIY pool block over what ended up being the favorite obstacle in the Burnside like course.
Levi just skated FDR a couple of weeks ago, maybe thats why this hurricane came so easily; or maybe he just rips!
Skater Profile: Levi Combs
Manny Amorelli has all the classics like this Front Rock n' Roll on steep tranny with two inch coping.
I got from behind the camera to get this frontside floater of the hip. Photo : Levi Combs
After seeing photos or Rune skating a water park sometime around 2004, it was always on the, "Before I Die List." Scratch that one off the list. What you don't see is this is mirrored where I'm standing. Two big sets of humps and over-vert corners mean you can do laps as long as your legs can take it.
You know that level you wish you could skate? Levi is way better than that. Backside Crailslide up on the over-vert.
Skater Profile: Levi Combs
Along with Justin and Manny, I left my mark on the lip. Nosegrab Backside Grinder. Photo: Justin Ryan
Levi shows you just how big the deep end is with a Frontside Standup. Can you believe this is hidden out in the woods?!
Skater Profile: Levi Combs
In the belly of the beast, Manny could do this Crailslide ANYWHERE. Next trip: Bucky's Bowl.
Jacob Krajewski never gets mellow! With an ankle swollen like a grapefruit, he wasn't scared to crack frontside disasters in the deepend.
Skater Profile: Jacob Krajewski
Recharged, Justin gets after it with the old reliable, nollie-oop grind on pool coping.
Skater Profile: Justin Ryan
Jacob getting his Smith on as the deck crowd looks on.
Skater Profile: Jacob Krajewski
FSG Mag Cover candidate, Levi is real comfortable standing up across six blocks of pool coping.
Skater Profile: Levi Combs
Late night camping grounds barge. Roll in after dark, set up and act like you own the place. Levi and Manny setting up the super-sized circus tent.
Manny made friends with my little green buddy.
Jump In The Fire! Jacob shotguns like a pro.
Skater Profile: Jacob Krajewski
The night was winding down and I'm sure the surrounding sites were pleased.
We packed up and headed to the beach before camp grounds staff came by, and headed to the beach. It was really hazy and they were flying flags for High Hazard and for Dangerous Marine Life.
Jacob inspected the Dangerous Marine Life, and decided it needed and sea shell hat.
Even at the beach, you can't lower your guard and relax with this crew. I went off on a walk and came back to find Levi asleep and the center of fun.
Skater Profile: Levi Combs
We left the bros behind at the surf contest and headed out to Orandy Beach Skatepark. It left more than a little to be desired and home of the best noping I've ever seen but this pool coping in the corner made up for it. Jacob got his back smith on with style.
Skater Profile: Jacob Krajewski
Were on the Chill Coast Bro! Its cool to have your shirt off, right? Either way, Florida is hot. If you've never done lipslides around a pool coping corner, it might be the most fun I've had on a skateboard. Photo: Levi Combs
Justin Ryan got buck on this tranny to tranny ollie on the cheese grader concrete. Gotta love 70's tube socks!
Skater Profile: Justin Ryan
We loaded up and headed into Daytona to skate this gem. What you can't see in this photo is that Levi's Smith Grind started six blocks back and he still has a few to go. Jacob takes notes.
Skater Profile: Levi Combs
Jacob can do this trick ever time, and it always looks killer. Switch Feeble to Regular.
Skater Profile: Jacob Krajewski
Justin is always a contender but occasionally shows his hand and how good he really is. Even if you could do this trick, you don't have that kind of style. Killing it. Backside Nosegrind.
Skater Profile: Justin Ryan
Holly Ryan has the gnarliest, decked out frontside rock, dripping in style. And the best t-shirt of the trip. She's a ripper!
Jacob closed out the session and the weekend end with this first try Crail Air to Tail that sounded like a shotgun blast!
Skater Profile: Jacob Krajewski


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