Day-By-Day at ASR
Words by Ryan Clements. Photos by Barak Wiser.
Anthony Carney - finger flip lien to tail
Barry after the private mini-ramp session
As the sun rose, so did I. Barry and I thought that it would be a great idea to head over to the
show before it opened and ride the mini-ramp. We had a full-on session at about 8:30am. Thanks to the official
ASR badge with my name on it, the Staff Pro security guards were forced to sit and watch us skate. That badge is gold.
ASR traded in the vert ramp for this show in exchange for a mini-ramp. From what I gathered, there
weren’t too many people that were disappointed with the decision. In fact, the mini-ramp brought out pros and other great
skateboarders that we wouldn’t normally see on the street course or vert ramp. The 5’ tall, 60’ wide ramp, with a hip, bowled
corner, and extension with pool coping was a total hit.
Kris Foley in the air and Austen Seaholm on the coping
Oh yeah, there was some generic high ollie contest that no one cared about in the freestyle area
Kris Foley with a beaner to fakie on the extension
Jordan Richter - ollie to smith grind from low to high
Yes, that's Brian Schaefer with a bs disaster
Seaholm - 360 flip to nosepick
There were doubles, triples, and quadrulples runs going down
One of Austen Seaholm's mini-ramp runs
The sessions went down all weekend long, but a couple of rippers still stick out in my head.
For one, despite popular belief, Austen Seaholm and I kissed and made up after his immature display at Tampa Pro 2003 (If you
don’t know what I’m talking about, buy the DVD
), and he absolutely destroyed the mini.
Two, I think that Jordan Richter is
better now than he’s ever been…there is no other ATV like him. Finally, at 40+ years old, Jim Gray was seriously holding it
down during every demo.
Dyrdek gots class
Dyrdek gots style
As the day came to a close, I went and checked out Rob Dyrdek as he gave a seminar on the current
trend of skate park construction. His complaint was that 85% (I think that’s what he said) of skateboarders skate street and
all of these huge concrete bowls and insane courses are being constructed, while the ledges, stairs, etc. are being ignored.
I must say that he definitely had a point with his “plaza” concept. Rob has class and charisma.
Eating dinner with Jerermy Wray makes you cool
The human resource dept. at Clarion didn't take my willingness to work very serioulsy
The evening was spent having a great dinner with the Atlas (Planet Earth, Adio) crew, including
Jeremy Wray. We left the immediate downtown area, known as the Gaslamp District, to head over to some Italian joint. Although
very nice, I think that the Gaslamp is a bit overpriced and uppity, so it was nice to get away for the evening.
From there, we simply retired to our hotel, where every evening I attempted to get a job from
the human resources lady...to no avail. She wouldn’t even give me an application. I don’t get it.