It’s that time of year again, where the Skatepark of Tampa crew loads up the van and travels to Southside Skatepark in Houston for the annual Make-A-Wish skate jam. This year, twelve Skatepark of Tampa team riders and employees headed to Texas for this awesome benefit.
We left Tampa at 4:30 am and made our way to our first stop in New Orleans, Louisiana. We stopped and skate at Parisite Skatepark, a hidden gem DIY park not too far from downtown NOLA. The park was perfect, and the crew was stoked to be able to skate a park that was so much fun. Shout out to the Parisite locals for the hospitality!
After a mellow night in New Orleans, we took off to Houston the next morning. We arrived with just enough time for the crew to skate Southside for a few hours before the contest the next day, where top ams, pros, and locals alike got buck on their boards. After the contest, Southside premiered their 20 Year anniversary video that had the entire park going nuts…definitely something worth watching. Later on that night, the crew went through Downtown Houston to check out the nightlife before heading back to Tampa the next day. We found Molly’s Pub for a few drinks and some karaoke and had a great time. The next day, we packed our things and piled back into the van, this time, taking team rider, Alejandro Burnell along for the ride.
Beautiful Mountain Skate Plaza was our last skate stop before driving home, and damn was it a good park. There was something for everyone to skate, and the crew was stacking clips left and right with new tricks they’d learned and doubles runs. If you’re ever in the area, I recommend checking it out. From there, we drove to Biloxi, Mississippi, the traditional last-night-on-the-road’s resting place. While most of us got some rest, a few of the squad tried their luck at the casino. The next morning was another early one.
For the final time that weekend, the team loaded up, and by 5:30 am we were on the road and headed back to Tampa. Later that afternoon, we finally made it. These events and road trips are always a blast, and it is an honor to be a part them. A big thanks to Southside Skatepark for having us and for hosting the Texas Skate Jam! We’ll see you next year.
- Alex Bibiloni
The SPoT Team and employees loaded up the van early before sunrise to head towards Southside Skatepark in Houston, Texas to host the 18th annual Make a Wish Texas Skate Jam. We were going to meet up with Brian Schaefer, Paul Zitzer and Alejandro Burnell who all flew down there. We planned to hit a park on the way there and back while getting a lot of great footage but weren’t ready for what was ahead of us.
Eric McKenney held it down the whole time as the driver and van commander, keeping us all in line and making sure we got where we needed to be on time. We had a long drive ahead of us as we planned on stopping at a DIY park first in New Orleans.
It was a pretty packed van, but everyone found a way to make themselves comfortable. The hijinx got worse as the trip went on.
We made it to Parasite Skatepark in New Orleans after a 12 hour drive. It got dark not long after we got there but lucky it was lit up well.
Yonis went to the rails first with this Front Blunt.
Derick Wynn has one of the best No Complies I’ve seen.
Jack even got himself some clips. No Comply Tail Slide.
Robby was killing it - Kickflip Front Board.
Alex got up the extension for this Back Tail.
That Texas Plant though! Only proper as we were heading there. We wrapped things up, stayed a night in New Orleans on Bourbon Street and headed out for Texas the next day.
The next day, we headed straight to Houston, Texas to get in our own session at Southside before the contest the following day. Alejandro Burnell was there already, Smith Tailgrabbing around the corner of the bowl.
He also has a really good Fast Plant.
Texas local, Cody McEntire was there skating. Switch Flip Front Crook. He told me that he had just learned these, you’d never guess because he did it down the handrail in the Best Trick contest the next day. Check that out in our other edit here
Yonis Molina with a textbook Fakie Flip down the set!
We headed back to Southside Skatepark the next day to host the Make a Wish Texas Skate Jam, where you can catch all the footage in our contest edit
from the day before.
Ben Raybourn spent most of his time in the bowl jam upside down.
Jack Olson blew minds by kickflipping into every trick in best trick. Kickflip Nose grind.
The Texas Skate Jam was a success, so we loaded up the van and decided to make a pit stop at a newly built skate plaza in Beaumont, Texas. We met some locals who were super hyped we showed up and are fans of SPoTLife.
The Texas Skate Jam was a success, so we decided to make a pit stop at a newly built skate plaza in Beaumont Texas. We met some locals who were super hyped we showed up and are fans of SPoTLife.
Front Crail Slide by Alejandro on the tall wall.
Eric McKenney finally got to skate after working all weekend. Front nose blunt on the quarter.
DMFP - Front Nose Blunt on the handrail.
Uncle Sam - Front Feeble...first try. Trust me.
Denis Frain will Smith Grind anything.
I saw a Wallride to Fakie possibility, and if you know me I just had to do it. Thanks to Yonis for the multitasking. Photo cred- Dylan Perry.
Dylan then Wallied the hell out of that garbage can.
Eric shut down the session with this Tre Flip over the rail. After that, it was time to head back home. Thanks to Southside Skatepark for having us and to everyone who made this trip a success.