FIRST CLASS FOOLS

We Like To Skateboard, And Start Trouble

15 Hours Of Fun

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Ah the first day of summer. The longest day of the year. Of course Go Skateboarding Day would be held on such an awesome day.  In a sad way, it's all downhill from here. It's going to start getting dark earlier, but at least we can seize the day and have fun today. Happy skating today, and everyday. Here's some pics I've snapped of friends skating over the years.

 Thank you, skateboarding. Ya brought me to cool places and introduced me to some amazing people.

-JW

Tom Grevan - Handplant - Hickory Hills

Tom Grevan - Handplant - Hickory Hills

Ryan Perkins - Backside Air - Denver, CO

Ryan Perkins - Backside Air - Denver, CO

Brandon Martin - Frontside Air - Skatopia, OH

Brandon Martin - Frontside Air - Skatopia, OH

Corey Bergeson - Barrier Transfer - Chicago, IL

Corey Bergeson - Barrier Transfer - Chicago, IL

Tall Doug - Backside Lipslide - Atlanta, GA

Tall Doug - Backside Lipslide - Atlanta, GA

John Follis - Foot plant - Asylum Skatepark

John Follis - Foot plant - Asylum Skatepark

? - Handplant during a Thrasher contest - Austin, TX

? - Handplant during a Thrasher contest - Austin, TX

Jerry Studencki - Back 50-50 - Hickory Hills, IL

Jerry Studencki - Back 50-50 - Hickory Hills, IL

Anthony Rahn - Frontside Rock'N'Roll - Backyard ramp, IL

Anthony Rahn - Frontside Rock'N'Roll - Backyard ramp, IL

Corey Bergeson - Foot plant - Chicago Ridge, IL

Corey Bergeson - Foot plant - Chicago Ridge, IL

Skate Jam

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A new mini ramp popped up at a spot in Chicago. People were putting the finishing touches on it while people skated.  Everyone was ripping, and having a good time. Shout out to everyone who built the ramp! You guys rule. -JW

Stoked & Broke: Suns Out, Guns Out

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I guess I'll start off with Friday night.  Tobin Yelland had a photo gallery at Uprise skate shop, with John Cardiel DJing. Me Corey Rizzle and Laura met up with Briden there and had a fucking blast. John was such a cool dude, and was so humble and stoked on everything. It was a night for the books.

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Sunday afternoon I was picked up by Tommy and Patty. We hit up a spot nearby to get things started. 

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This place is always fun, as long as the cops don't pop you off. We seen them off in the distance and decided to split before they could catch up to us.

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Next up, a relatively new spot. 

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Briden using greenery as wax

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After minutes of contemplating we decided to come back to this spot for a tail drop. 

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Next spot  

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"Your butt looked great in that!" 

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He knows. 

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Getting crazy  

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Pretty sure trucks aren't supposed to do that  

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Fuck

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Tony with a hefty kick flip

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That back truck

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Tommy attempted to firecracker this ten stair at the end of the day. At first it seemed like a death wish.

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Damn is he good. 

Stoked & Broke: Dorks and Skateboards

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Friday afternoon I went and visited Mike Schultz of The Ridgelands to cruise around town, and scope out a DIY spot to build even more stuff to skate.

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We picked up Corey and headed to The Fantplants record release show with Criminal Kids, Stale Phish, and The Mons. It was rad going to a show and seeing boards and wheels for sale, rather than shirts and cds. The music was loud and awesome, with almost every song dedicated to skateboarding.  

"This next song is about bombing hills!" 

How can you not get hyped on that? 

The Fastplants (photo: Patrick Houdek) 

The Fastplants (photo: Patrick Houdek

The morning after I met up with Sweeney and Tommy Lyons at a skatepark. We heard of our buddy, Folliard, playing at a record store nearby with his band The Railway Gamblers. Since it was also record store day, there was also sweet deals on all sorts of cool vinyl. 

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Later on I was picked up by Tommy and Pat Barnas to go skating downtown. It's been awhile since I've cruised on a board late night in the city, and a weird sense of nostalgia set in. Reminiscing on tricks done at spots while watching these two try out things I've never seen.  

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We went over to the House Of Blues to meet up with John Siorek, who was wrapping up a sold out show with his band, Knuckle Puck. While the crowd slowly let out, and people headed to their vehicles, we were across the street skating ledges.

What John was dealing with before meeting up with us. (Photo: Jen Rose)

What John was dealing with before meeting up with us. (Photo: Jen Rose)

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We hit up a few more spots before grabbing a late night meal, and hanging out. While John was saying goodbye before getting back on his bus he yelled "I'll see you guys in like... a month!" The road is a crazy/fun place.

Sunday morning led me to Oak Lawn Skatepark. Where me, Sweeney, and Nick met a group of dudes from Indiana looking for spots to skate. We took them to a nearby school to session a spot, and it turned out to be a blast. Never got any of their names though. Is a dick move on my part? Maybe. Still didn't take away from having a good time regardless. 

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The one thing held in common with everyone I encountered this weekend was skateboarding. It was awesome to see the camaraderie between people who otherwise wouldn't normally hang out. It's a beautiful fucking thing, I tell ya. 

GRAINS Snowbirds

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While most people sit on social media complaining about getting away and taking a vacation, Kevin Delgrosso goes on three trips and threw together a fucking awesome edit. Featuring clips from Chad Matthews, Thomas Hawver, and Eric Thomas just to name a few, this will get you hyped to go out and skate.

Jaro Bowl Bash

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Bunch of people came out to Jerry's memorial skate jam at Burbank skatepark yesterday. We raised a few bucks to help fund an art exhibition we're putting together featuring his photos. Thanks to everyone that came out! Special thanks to Mike Schultz for getting this awesome footage too!