9th Annual King of the Park
Posted on Tuesday, June 2, 2009 by Jorge
Photos by Danny Dorsa
So the original plan was to end our night in Milton, FL, but due to the fact that we were all hopped up on Red Bull, I decided to charge through and see how far we could make it. After seeing numerous signs for New Orleans, our minds were made up that we were going to skate down Bourbon Street. After arriving and parking outside the strip, our adventure began. You have to take into consideration that’s it’s around 2am and everyone is leaving the bars down there. My overall take on the Bourbon Street strip is this: Horse crap everywhere, the stench of bodily fluids, and sketchy strip clubs. Ybor City’s 7th Avenue is Disneyland compared to Bourbon Street. I felt as if I was skating through the gateway to hell and I wanted to join in on the sin. Miraculously, through the touch of some divine spirit or the fact that I don’t want to lose my job, I was able to have the will power to not join in on the fun. I can only imagine how chaotic Mardi Gras must be.
Street skating wrapped up around 3:30am and we headed out yet again. We finally end our epic 12-hour drive when we arrived in Lafayette, LA at the Holiday Inn Express around 7am, just in time for breakfast.
Following our much needed rest we headed out to the Skate-Spot Skatepark for the remainder of the day, where Jereme skated the Bowl Contest along with the other contenders. Jereme did well in the Contest and used the entire bowl to his advantage, but I guess the judges thought otherwise. Timmy took first as predicted, Dalton Dern took second, and Flether Renagar ended up in third. Check the video footage for yourself. Once awards were given and everything was wrapped up we went back to the hotel for the night.
So with that being said, Dylan got paired up with Spencer Lau and got taken out first try. Jereme got paired up with a kid whose name I can’t recall and advanced to the next round where he had to face Timmy. Very tough match up, but Timmy took that round. Since Dylan and Jereme both got taken out, they now had to skate the losers bracket on Sunday.
I was not going to sit at the Skatepark all day knowing that the beautiful city of Baton Rouge was only 45 minutes away, so it was time to find some spots. Travels to Baton Rouge were in order. Baton Rouge is the city just before you cross the Mississippi River if you are traveling west from Florida. I have only been there one time before, but finding spots was really easy. Our sesh ended once night fell and we got rained out on the infamous Baton Rouge banks in downtown.
Almost all the skaters found that one run they felt comfortable with and stuck with it throughout the weekend. Knibbs on the other hand, changed his lines throughout the day making it very exciting to watch. When Knibbs got taken out we all sat down and enjoyed the remainder of the Finals. It was a full on America vs. Brazil battle with Timmy Knuth against Danilo Resario. Timmy was sandbagging during Practice, so after a few choice words from yours truly he was back on point and came out victorious against Danilo. Though we didn’t stay for Best Trick, I’m sure it was a off the charts since it was only on the pyramid and ledge.
After the Finals, we wrapped up and headed out yet again to Baton Rouge for more street skating. We scoped out more of what the beautiful city had to offer and made it all the way through to Pensacola for the night.
All in all, the trip was a complete success. I have a pretty bad track record when I go out of town. I have almost lost my lab-top twice, have lost the keys to the rental van, and have been a complete waistoid on trips where Clements was in charge. So it was important that this trip was mistake-free. Even though we were always running a little bit behind, we arrived everywhere we went just in time. I am really fortunate to have the opportunity to do what I do. A big thank you goes out to Red Bull Sarah for providing us with human fuel, Pete Kelly for inviting us to the 8th Annual KOTP Contest, Jason over at Skate-Spot Skatepark for the genuine southern hospitality, and Kelly Welsh over at Oakley for supplying us with best shades out in the market right now.
Below is the video Steak put together for the Bowl Contest, quotes from the trip, and tally of our Red Bull Consumption.
"Are you writing a story for this? You better put in there that I'm raw as f*#c" – Knibbs speaking sarcastically about himself
"Dylan, let's drink a bunch of cough syrup and see what happens." – Knibbs
"I haven't seen him with a shirt on yet" - Spencer Lau talking about boneless kid
"If there is money on the line, Pat don't play." - Dylan regarding the comment where BC talks about Pat Steiner beating Rob Arron twice in KOTP in 2002
"With long hair, Koston kinda’ looks like me skating" - Porpe watching Yeah Right!
"I bet you won't find it first try" - Dorsa talking to Steak since Steak is 20-years-old and still a virgin
Dylan - 8 Regulars, 2 Colas
Knibbs - 12 Colas, 2 Regulars
Steak - 6 Cola, 4 Regulars
Dorsa - 8 Regulars, 1 Cola