10 years of shred coalesced on a train track October 27, 2012 at 11:50 am. Channel Street is magic on Earth.
Text and Photos by Joey Young
Skateboarding flies by and everything becomes blurrier by the day, but the 10 year anniversary of Channel Street is going to stick in this soggy mind for a long time. I had not been to the park in over eight years and what Rob and the boys have done with the place is amazing.
There were three events going on between bands. Best trick on the new 'Wall That Cannot Be Named', 14 and under in the bowl and 14 and over in the bowl. I'm not sure who won the best trick, but Screech dropped in on the pillar. I can't remember the kids name who won the 14 and under either, he ripped though and ended his run with a smack to the dome. I gottta give it up for crowd favorite Larry. He got second, and I dont' know why...but Larry is chill and ill.
Screech, Pillar Drop
The final event in between bands was 14 and over in the big bowl. These kids got some talent. Just look at the photos. The referees broke all who dared up into 2 groups, then he kicks some jocks back to the showere. The top three from each then squared off in the finals Death Match.
Each heat was 10 minutes of chaos, blood, broked metal and ex chearleaders from Humboltd State. Sitting on the coping trying to capture some of the action I was hit with numerous skateboards, and had broken coping dust blind my eyes. It was intense. Riley Stevens, Ronnie Sandoval, Greyson Fletcher, Robbbie Russo, Chris Russle and Rick Fabro all shredded and any of these guys could take the whole thing on any other day.
Josh Mattson, FrontSide Rock, Big Pillage
Ronnie Sandoval, Kickflip Indy for the big money.
In the end, after two amazing heats(and I mean amazing that nobody died), Ronnie Sandoval came out on top and was exactly $100 richer. It was a great time and hopefully the Skatepark raised some money for future and present constuction. Thanks to everybody who makes this skatepark possible. See you in another 10.