Flatspot Highway Jam XIII: No Sponsors No Problems Part I
Flatspot Longboards came to the rescue for many longboarders in the the Northwest for the 13th Flatspot Highway Jam (FSHJ). After not being able to secure a sponsor from the various companies (Loaded/ Orangatang had been the previous sponsor), they decided to do it on their own. Renting a big school bus and traveling to a bunch of skate spots was still the objective and that is what they did.
This is the second Highway Jam I’ve been to and it definitely lived up to its reputation. We went to a variety of spots, stayed relatively stealthy wasted no time in one spot, got pizza for lunch, and had relatively positive encounters with locals, and pretty much skated till it started to get dark. There were very minor injuries and no run-ins with law.
The Jam started at Flatspot Longboards as it always does, and for this FSHJ, ended up in the Abbotsford area. We met up with the Abby skaters including the well known OG, Raggie and the Yardwaste crew.
With our entourage complete, we sessioned a new development featuring a two corners of blacktop with a chicane in the middle.
Next on the agenda was a steep and fast hill near a shooting range. We got dropped off by the bus and walked over to the spot to be a little more inconspicuous. We got to skate anywhere between a half hour and an hour before someone questioning what we were doing. Legendary tech slider Mark Short was visiting from England. He had met a lovely lady on the Sunshine Coast the last time he was in Canada, so he came back to visit and spend some time with her for a while and skate a bit.
We had a short encounter with a flustered female in a van. We told her we would leave. As we packed up and walked out, a curious man in a truck stopped and talked to one of the local skaters. He just got back from the gun range up the hill and saw no problem with what we were doing. Chill.
Stay tuned for the second installment of the photos from this Flatspot Highway Jam XIII: No Sponsors No Problems.