Boneyard: East Coast Part Two (Skatesgiving)

Going from one of the biggest cities in the world to the Blue Ridge Mountains in the Appalachians is one helluva transition. I kinda liked it though. Just as I was starting to get overwhelmed by tourists and taxis, I got picked up in a van by ten homies and taken to some very epic skate spots (most of which I never knew existed).

I’d like to start by saying that the East Coast has some of the most beautiful landscape I’ve ever seen. This post could be nothing more than semi-epic photos of mountains that I took with my iPhone but I’ll try to resist the urge.

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Our first stop on the Skatesgiving tour was the legendary 88 Acres of Anarchy: Skatopia

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Despite the rumors, the guys at Skatopia are very friendly and welcoming. They were stoked that our crew rolled up and was jonesin’ to skate. Most of our time was skating the concrete section called the “Lula Bowl.”

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Here’s a plaque made in honor of Lula.

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The other dogs at Skatopia were gnarly. Everytime you got near the coping they would try to bite your board or feet. One of the dogs managed to bite my leg (hard too!) as I was dropping in.

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Among other crazy creations, there is an igloo made out of Jaeger bottles.

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Other parts of Skatopia are still in the “construction” phase.

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We left Skatopia and began our trek towards North Carolina. But that wasn’t without a quick layover in Virgina.

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The Comet van rolled over 100,000 miles on this trip. Hopefully it’ll have another 100,000 more.

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Although the van was roomy, it was nice to get out and stretch our legs on some downhill runs.

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Even though we couldn’t see this hill when we first got there, we knew it was epic while skating it.

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Once all the clouds were gone we managed to get some rad photos/videos.

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A couple times on the trip we got to hit up a karaoke bar. Needless to say, watching a crew of guys like this sing karaoke is thoroughly entertaining.

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George may or may not have gotten turnt.

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Luckily for us, John Barnet was on the trip. I didn’t know him well beforehand but he’s a stand up guy. Turns out he’s also an osteopath. Here is a photo of him working on George’s leg. Thanks to John’s painfully wonderful osteopathic skills, we were able to skate hard the whole trip.

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I wasn’t sure why they called them the Blue Ridge Mountains until I saw this sunset. At some point in life, everybody should go see a sunset in the Blue Ridge’s.

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The Doctor, John Barnet, cruising through the jungle.

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Brian Peck floated some super smooth frontside ollies at this skatepark. One of them was so righteous that a high-five afterwards felt insufficient to convey my level of stoke for him. This photo is one of the many he did, but unfortunately not the supremely righteous one.

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Pat and Louis ran a train on this hill. It was… interesting.

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A good amount of time was spent in the van so inevitably people took quick naps. For whatever reason I started taking photos with people while sleeping. The next few pictures document this.

Billy and Jensen

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Billy and OSL

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Barnet with Dub’real

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Apparently the other guys were starting to catch on to this.

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Matt K did a lot to make this trip happen and this is our way of thanking him <3

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I also want to give a shout out to the North Carolina crew. They’re a solid group of guys and they hooked us up with rad hills to skate, places to sleep and delicious grub. Y’all are rad!

See more Skatesgiving coverage in the Winter issue of Skate[Slate].

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