Skatepark of Tampa is proud to announce the 2010 additions to their Bmx Team. Joining longtime Team members Jeff Harrington, Luis Pinzon, Sean Albright, Chad Moore, and Matt Coplon, we welcome aboard Tampa locals Josh Shaw (Kink Bmx), Conall Keenan (Profile), Tom Villarreal (Madera), and veteran, Forrest Roberts. With these additions, Skatepark of Tampa will be featuring bi-monthly web edits of our riders and will continue to host Bmx
Some might have the impression that I'm still in Las Vegas, but I'm not. Still I have some pics I'd like to share with you, like the shots of TJ Lavin's backyard. The yard has seen some work lately and also the warehouse for his toys is almost done. The jumps are rock hard but well shaped. There's even a resi to try tricks on. Two locals were riding when Jose, Webby, Shaw and I showed up the other day. Slayer showed up just when we were leaving for a BBQ at Cam White's place.
Tons of parks in Las Vegas. This one is the YMCA park. My friend and driver Jose Donoso took me there. He even brought a spare bike for me to roll around on. BMX riders outnumbered skateboarders, Micro scooter kids and inliners altogether which was a good sign. Numerous lines are possible here and some of the locals showed the way. View the photos and make some plans.
I'm pretty sure that officially it's not called the Penis Bowl but that's how people call it over in Las Vegas. Actually it's just 80 meters away from Pro Park and hella fun to ride. Shallow part on one side, steeper U section on the other side. Just fun, you know. Located in the North-East part of LV. Open all the time. BMX friendly. Lights at night.
This is Jose's local park. Jose lives around the corner and pedals to this place. He only riders there at night because it is too hot during the day. At night the little kids are gone too so that makes it even better. The park set up is square with some obstacles in the middle. It's not too fancy or challenging but Jose loves it.
The largest Skate Park in Las Vegas Valley opened its doors on April 27. The Hollywood Skate/BMX Park at Clark County's Hollywood Recreation Center, 1650 S. Hollywood, between East Charleston Boulevard and East Sahara Avenue, is gated and costs $5 bucks for a supervised session. Opening times: Sunday-Thursday 1-9 pm. Friday 1-10:30 pm Saturday 9-10:pm. Monthly passes available for $50.00 or Season Pass (3 months) for $120.00. Fullpipe, bowls and lots of rails/ledges ("real street"). Worth a visit for sure.
TJ Lavin's backyard is not for pussies. With Interbike taking place in Las Vegas, this place might see a session or two. Jose took us there last year. TIme to refresh: After a few calls to TJ we made it into his backyard to be impressed by the place. Before you can even hit the first jump you will need to conquer that roll-in gap first which looks hella scary. After that the jumps are steep and big. Pros only? Maybe, but TJ has been on the pro dirtjump circuit longer than pretty much anyone.Enjoy the pics.
Now click on that little photo on the right and be jealous. It is one of the spots that we visited after the 08 Interbike show, yup it is in Vegas and they have around 25 other concrete parks there to choose from.
It only makes sense to have a '70-s style skatepark near the beach. Or better, a surf town like St. Jean de Luz in France. If they did it in Dog Town, they must have lived like that in France. When there are no waves, you build the waves and ride it on the skateboard. It must have happened something like that and you know what, the spot is still around. It's only a 10 minute bike ride south of the 2ndsky bowl and not further than 100 meters from the beach. That should give you enough directions for your next photoshoot.
Gotta give credits to Philip for spotting this park. "Skatepark!" was yelled from the backseat and the right turn followed. After checking it out with the camera the bikes came out of the van and "the test" was on. The trannie part is the oldest bit but a whole section of ledges of all sorts were added to the spot. Excellent for street riders who like to get their grind on and don't want to search forever for the perfect ledge.