An Afternoon in Charlotte, NC

Posted on Saturday, June 19, 2010 by Rob

By Rob Meronek

I'm here in Charlotte, NC with Schaefer and Clements where SPoTlight Productions is running Red Bull's Manny Mania Contest today. Last night, we got into a bit around town...

One of these days, we're going for it and getting the highest end ride you can get from the rental car place.
How about this? A bitchin' Camaro that probably comes with packs of smokes to roll up in your sleeves.
Skater Profile: Brian Schaefer
Have you seen how all newer cars now have this anti-kidnapping lock 'em in the trunk pull tag? Make sure to tie them up tight if you're throwing someone in the trunk so they can't pull this.
On the road with the rental, headed to some skate spot in Charlotte.
That spot is this super steep, but easily skateable tight tranny. Schaefer's straight to it with the vert moves. He gave up on a back tail that should be a Take a Poop, but I have no time for Photoshopping toilets right now.
Skater Profile: Brian Schaefer
Clements sits up high on a frontside pivot. Harsh sunlight is creating heavy shadows. I don't do that light stands and flashes crap, though.
Skater Profile: Ryan Clements
Doubles vert moves from two old vert dudes, Mike Sinclair and Brian Schaefer.
Skater Profile: Brian Schaefer
Bob Reynolds got a better back tail with a good hop out, but the only one I got was this drop off a cliff. Still looks good.
Skater Profile: Bob Reynolds
Ryan Clements had himself convinced he wasn't going to be able to do this on this steep sketchy bank. Put in a little work and it comes to you, even at our old skate age.
Skater Profile: Ryan Clements
Thanks Mike Sinclair for shooting yet another pivot fakie of mine.
Skater Profile: Rob Meronek
After this hurricane on the bank, Mike Sinclair is going to have a hurricane of food go down his throat at dinner.
Skater Profile: Mike Sinclair
Sinclair's choice of sugar high at the local store.
Skater Profile: Mike Sinclair
This neighborhood that Manny Mania and Black Sheep is in seems pretty tight.
The Contest today is right in front of the Black Sheep shop. It's cool they can carry girls stuff. It has never really worked out for us.
Red Bull Manny Mania is going down right here today.
Branding bandits.
Apparently Phat Burrito is hooking it up today with lunch. They seem to have a bit of a gangster flavor in this town. Kind of like the mid-south version of Canada in the US.
Yep, the hotel Red Bull put us up in is pretty bangin'.
We make it unclassy.
Another branding bandit was here.
Thanks to the branding bandits, dinner was paid for.
Apparently these dudes are in a weight loss challenge?
Chase and I kept it thin with the vodka sodas and a pass on dessert, unlike the dudes in the weight loss challenge. Check out Chase's explanation of jerkin and the issues they have with it in NC.
Looks like the weight loss challenge is going great with Mike Sinclair and Bob Reynolds. Is Clements in on this, too?
Skater Profile: Mike Sinclair
SPoT OG Big Al is here! Wish I could have hung out more last night, but it was another one of those work until 1am nights.
Skater Profile: Allen Russell
I should black out one of Jona's front teeth so it's just like the old days.
Bob and Mike have hilarious stories for days - thanks for the entertainment.
Connor Champion showed up. I thought his choice of footwear was more interesting than a regular photo. They're making me sleepy.
Skater Profile: Connor Champion
Good night, Charlotte, NC. The Contest gets going at noon today.

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