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Quicky with Riley Harris | Ponce 2015

Riley Harris is back in Canada. Here’s what happened on the second part of his IDF race skate trip.  Check out Part 1 Here.

Riley is supported by Landyachtz, Hawgs, Bear, and EDGE Boardshop. Photos are supplied with permission from Riley Harris.

After Guajataca was over and my undeniable hangover was gone, we had some time to kill before we had to get across the island for our next event, the IDF Lago Curillo DH in Ponce. First order of business was to rent a car:

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With a car we could go anywhere we wanted and experience new things. Here are just a few of them:

First, epic sunsets.

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We met the “Pelican Whisperer”. This guy had a flock of pelicans trained and responding to him by name.

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Puerto Rican Wal-Mart sells some pretty weird “shit”Quicky with Riley Harris | Ponce SkateSlate.com - Video on Facebook-6

Rope swings.Quicky with Riley Harris | Ponce SkateSlate.com - Video on Facebook

Wifi hunting.Quicky with Riley Harris | Ponce SkateSlate.com - Video on Facebook-22

More sunsets (this time with rum added).Quicky with Riley Harris | Ponce SkateSlate.com - Video on Facebook-2

We built a shelter on the beach and spent the night.Quicky with Riley Harris | Ponce SkateSlate.com - Video on Facebook-14

Trent puked at the scent of a rotting iguana.Quicky with Riley Harris | Ponce SkateSlate.com - Video on Facebook-13

And skating.Quicky with Riley Harris | Ponce SkateSlate.com - Video on Facebook-24

The time had come to pack our things and hit the road. Puerto Rico really isn’t that big so before we knew it we were in Ponce checking into the motel at the bottom of the track.

Never before had I stayed in a motel quite like this. For the sake of you youngsters out there, let’s just call it a “love motel”. Really the only photo appropriate enough to post is the eerie and ominous outdoor lobby, so here ya go.Quicky with Riley Harris | Ponce SkateSlate.com - Video on Facebook-5

Some rooms had stripper poles, others had gynecology stirrups, all with one thing in mind. Only two TV channels played in the fully mirrored rooms: baseball and a collection of B-grade adult films from the 1980s-90s. The rooms also had a bidet (effectively an ass cleaner), and ours had a laser setting I was not aware of until it was too late.

Onto the event!

The hill was gnarly and the pavement was chunder, but it was awesome!

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The view from the top of the track was serene.Quicky with Riley Harris | Ponce SkateSlate.com - Video on Facebook-7

Beetle Juice liked my helmet.Quicky with Riley Harris | Ponce SkateSlate.com - Video on Facebook-9

Here we see Mack Wacey in disapproval of a photo, and Byron Essert, James Ware, Kurtis Dawe, and Leo Sartor pointing at literally nothing. But for the sake of the article let’s just imagine it was a UFO.Quicky with Riley Harris | Ponce SkateSlate.com - Video on Facebook-8

Jose Mojena from Mambo’s Sk8 Warehouse and Marcell Santos snapped some super dope shots from the event.Quicky with Riley Harris | Ponce SkateSlate.com - Video on Facebook-21

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Thanks to Mambos Photos & Marcell Santos Photos – show them love on their Facebook pages.

 

At the end of the day Kevin Reimer took the win. I managed to race my way into the finals and take 4th, not too shabby! Kyle Wester took second and James Ware third.

Quicky with Riley Harris | Ponce SkateSlate.com - Video on Facebook-11See the finals clip from my perspective here: Video of the Finals Coming Soon!

Steve Sanchez asked around for autographs.Quicky with Riley Harris | Ponce SkateSlate.com - Video on Facebook-12

After the event we all needed rest, Mack Wacey especially.Quicky with Riley Harris | Ponce SkateSlate.com - Video on Facebook-15

And that’s it! My trip is over tomorrow and I’m back to the grind at Landyachtz Headquarters in Vancouver, Canada. One last meal: delicious and delectable acai.Quicky with Riley Harris | Ponce SkateSlate.com - Video on Facebook-16

So long Puerto Rico, thanks for the hospitality.

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