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The Boneyard: Grim, Peyragudes and Beyond

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Just made it back home from the Eurotour and I am slowly starting to feel American again. During my grueling 36 hours of travel to get home I had some time to go through all the photos I took and, oh boy, there’s a lot of bullshit to sift through.

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This photo really sums up Grim Mountain. The road was OK, the town sucked, and we spent way too long there.

 

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Andrew Chapman won the race and Dillon wrestled with Erik. That was cool.

 

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The after-party did have large jars full of orange drank, which was very pleasant surprise, although the small straws didn’t get the liquid into our mouthes fast enough.

 

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We figured out a solution.

 

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Once again, some of us got a little too turnt up.

 

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Kyle bought a pair of Adio shoes and this is what they looked like after four runs. Lesson learned: never buy Adio.

 

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We drove eight-plus hours from Czech Republic to stay with our friend Felix in Freiburg, Germany. Driving that long on the Autobahn was intense. It’s kinda surprising how fast a rental minivan can go. (For the record: 200+km/h.)

 

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We stopped by Layback Skateshop and hit their mini ramp for a bit. This thing was very janky but much shredding went down.

 

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Most of the time we were in Europe we would snack on baguettes with a salami of sorts. This photo, while it may appear gross, shows what were probably the tastiest meat cuts I had the whole time I was there.

 

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Not long after leaving Freiburg, we found ourselves in the midst of some of the best roads France has to offer.

 

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It’s hard to describe how much fun it is to skate 16+ miles of a road of this caliber. Kinda makes me want to give up my life here and move to the French Alps.

 

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We followed Chapman down for a run and he got buck wild. I’m sure he’ll post a video soon.

 

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We stopped by a ski shop on top of one of the mountain passes and the shop owner turned out to be a speed skier with a sick helmet collection. This was one of his coolest/weirdest lids.

 

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Before finishing off the drive to Peyragudes, we stopped by the legendary Marseilles skatepark. For those of you who don’t know about this place, check out this video.

 

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We saw lightning on the way to Peyragudes. That was cool.

 

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Unfortunately we got into town too late to get our hotel room. Sleeping in the lobby was better than nothing.

 

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Peyragudes is an absolutely beautiful place to have a skateboard race. I took tons of photo like this because, well, I was a tourist.

 

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The organizer, Koma Kino, puts on one helluva event. Two thumbs up to Koma.

 

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Situated next to the race course is an airport runway that is incredibly steep. Apparently it was used in a James Bond film (Tomorrow Never Dies).

 

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Jonas and I got to take a plane ride with a German pilot named Herman.

 

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The view of the race course was pretty dang cool.

 

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We also realized that using a plane is possibly the best way to scout out new roads. Gonna have to work on my pilot’s license.

 

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I got to meet Roller-man. Unfortunately I didn’t get to try his suit.

 

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During the race, Louis was kind enough to give me one of Sector Nine’s custom brewed beers.

 

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Zen and James had a pretty good pile-up during the Quarters and it left a very big scratch on Zen’s signature helmet. Bummer.

 

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After Peyragudes we went to Barcelona for a couple days before flying home. It’s safe to say that it was one of my favorite stops on the trip.

 

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Barcelona has some of the best street skating in the world and I was barely able to scratch the surface (timewise and skillwise).

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We spent a fair amount of time on the beach and it turns out that massages were fairly cheap.

 

The next series of photos I will call the duckface series.

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Prague Duckface

 

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Grim Duckface

 

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Big Mountain Duckface

 

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My new friend Duckface.

 

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Erotic Museum Duckface. (View original. NSFW)

 

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Circus Duckface

 

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Restaurant Duckface

 

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Barcelona Duckface

 

I’d like to give a big thanks to Landyachtz and The Longboard Store for helping make this trip a reality. It was quite an adventure and I hope I’ll be lucky enough to do it again some day. As a final parting note I will leave y’all with an image of what I will miss most about Europe. A shot of espresso and sparkling water.

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