After the party I didn’t get to sleep until sometime after three and woke up around 7:30. When I got into the building I had to wait around a little bit while all the waivers and wristbands were being processed and I talked to a few new people and some people who were at the bar last night, recounting the night’s events.
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The ramps had to be tested for durability before anybody could ride them but the flat was all open. I took a break from checking everything out to sit back and watch and Taylor Nawrocki came up and talked to me for a little bit and while that was happening OJ Hayes stopped by to say hi.
Most of the day was open skate and people were skating all around. The Blueprint guys showed up a couple hours after I did and Jon, Marty, Paul and Fred all said hi at some point. Marty had said the night before, “If you see me rolling around like this (insert funny riding stance) you’ll know why” but it didn’t take too long before he was skating around and playing a few games of follow the leader.
When Arnold came in he was rolling pretty deep with security so I have no idea how OJ got in there because Shier and I had to move around the crowd to sneak in this close. Arnold gave a short speech about the athleticism and skill involved in skateboarding, how his kids skate, and about how entertaining skateboarding is to watch overall.
There were two competitions during the day, the Best Trick competition on the Skate Naked ramp (photo below) and Longest Powerslide competition. Video from the Best Trick Competition will be uploaded some time this week.
The results from the contest were announced as such:
Justin Henry with a tailslide 270 out. Won $60.
After Best Trick, Fred Gall came through with a Domestics deck for whoever could ollie over the curved box first. The second person to try it landed it first try and then another skater came through and ollied it after a number of tries. After the competitions there was some free skate time until the Blueprint demo started. Check back for video from the Blueprint demo.
Paul Shier came up with the idea to leave a couple Resident decks up on the ramp and take the crowd away from the ramp on a chase for product and having them race up the ramp to get the decks. He threw out some shirts and then got a couple of Blueprint decks and tossed those out. Fred Gall came through with some Domestics product and a Habitat deck and also led the crowd on a chase.
After the demo and product toss it was free skate again. Around six the lights started to come off and it was time to leave. Time to get ready for part 2. Check this post later for a slideshow with more pictures from the event.