ETB is headed to Spain for spring break! The hype levels have been slowly simmering since we bought tickets but they are reaching an all time high. Everything that has to do with Barcelona just looks different when I watch footage. I find myself looking at tiny cracks in the tile, the bevel on a ledge, the traffic on the street.
Flip’s Sorry is the video that brainwashed me into skateboarding for life and essentially built the image of what I thought skateboarding could be. So much of that video was filmed in Europe and Barcelona that they didn’t even seem like real places. They might as well be The Shire or Modor.
Well now we are making our pilgrimage to MACBA and all the holy sites we have seen for years. Here is Fred capturing a golden moment in skateboarding to get us hyped for our own trip.
Our trips aren’t like other trips you are going to read about in magazines. We aren’t doing this because we need to make a 3 min montage to sell some shoes to some remote section of the country. We don’t have to put on demos for 2 dozen pre-teens. Weedmaps didn’t put us up in a tropical paradise. We aren’t out here on a mission for a certain trick and we didn’t drive 15 hours just to realize the spot was too big. We just want to skate new stuff. It is the combination of seeing new things and getting out of the old.
So with no plan greater than a hotel room booked, we headed out to Arizona for a weekend. We left San Diego on a weekday evening and while everyone was driving home work we were headed out the other direction. A list of probably 20 parks got pared down into about 8 ones that we really wanted to skate and by the time we got there it had already been totally changed up to a separate set of parks.
Working with LookBack Library I have had the chance to see tons of skateboarding I was always too young for. The basic joy of 80’s skateboarding, along with everyone just kind of figuring it out is charming. I have also been ashamed to admit how many legends I don’t know. We will be working and someone will come up and be half interested in the mags and talk a little, and when they leave I am asked “Do you know who you were just talking to?” it is good for keeping me from being starstruck but also shoes how little I know.
A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to meet YoYo from Germany. No only is he older then I ever paid attention to, but he is also a freestyle skater. He came through super nice and willing to chit-chat about his tricks hes invented and showing off his custom board. So with a sharp left turn here is some freestyle skating in sunny San Diego.
With El Toro Stories of Vincent, excerpts from Arizona, and our other useless nonsense!
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Another part from our friend and host of Skate Fillet, Grant Fiero. It is always hard to place the skill of your friends within the greater context of what is “good.” I get way more excited over homies than strangers so I was pleasantly surprised when the new part Grant had been talking about got featured on the DLX site and Thrasher as well. Big things my dude, keep em coming.
Our brother James has a birthday coming soon and along with it there might video part with it. When we were kids James was always keeping us progressing because he was the first to jump down any stair set and had confidence unlimited. He went off and did real life stuff while we still played skateboards in fantasy land, only to pick it up in a few years and be even BETTER. If you ever think getting back into skating is impossible, he is living proof how good it can be. Enjoy this early part while the finishing touches are put on the new one.