As I pack my bags, I realize that I am going to be in a car with the “Danny and Tyler” show for a week What have I gotten myself into? After landing in New York I met up with Danny Tumia, Tyler Martin and Andrew Mercado at EG’s house in Manhattan. We got to skate around NYC for a bit but were off the next morning heading down the east coast with plans of skating everything in our path eventually ending up in Jacksonville, FL for the Florida Bowl Riders contest. With Sector 9 and GullWing as the main sponsors of the event it was bound to be a good time.
Our first stop was a sick bowl in Philly, it was around midnight and locals where still skating. So we stretched our legs out and got in a solid 2 hour session. After that it was off to get the world famous steak sandwich at Gino’s.
The next day we stopped at the Green Project bowl in DC. We met some cool locals who told us that the bowls foundation was made out of old tires from the local river. Really cool. Mercado had a friend, Jaime, in DC so we stopped by his house for a BBQ and a few beers. He had a sick bowl in his back yard but mother nature had her way and we got rained out.
The next day Jamie told us about Dave’s indoor bowl in Virginia and that we had to check it out. Once we got to Dave’s we had the private session of a lifetime. Can you see where this is going? Bowl after bowl after bowl.
Being on the east coast, we had to do a drive by at Eastern Skate Supply and get a session with Reggie Barnes. He’s not only got another sick bowl, but an entire warehouse to skate. Thanks Reggie.
We pulled into Jacksonville, FL, called Jay and he was like “come meet me at the bar.” We knew that was going to be trouble seeing how it was St Patties Day. After a few green beers and some flashing girls we retired to the pad for an after party. The next day was rough but we made our way to the World Cup Bowl Riders Contest in Jay’s Mini Winni that was wrapped in the Jacksonville Jaguars logo’s.. Everyone on the road was cheering for us, it was awesome!
Danny, Tyler and old timer Todd Johnson held it down at the New Smyrna contest. The next bowl contest was at the legendary Kona skate park. The competition was brutal and the finals were insane. All the boys skated their heats with a live band jamming pure aggression. Martin from Kona has one of the oldest parks and every one had a blast jamming down the snake run and shredding every inch of Kona.
Thanks Martin for hosting and a BIG thanks to everyone who helped us along the way and I’m definitely looking forward to next year…