Introduction by: Mark Spider
Welcome to the 1st edition of the Angry Skateboarder with Greg Custer. Whenever he feels like it, Active employee Greg Custer will sound off about everything that grinds his gears in the world of skateboarding.
Greg Custer is a 24 year old skateboarder from West Covina, California who has been skating for more than 12 years. In the course of those 12 years, Greg has developed quite a long list of gripes about skateboarding, in this column each week he'll share them with you and you can agree or disagree with him as you please. Welcome to the premiere edition of….
THE ANGRY SKATEBOARDER
Well hello to all of you in skateboard wonderland. This is the first installment of The Angry Skateboarder. Let me start off by saying that I do in fact love everything about skateboarding the pain, frustration, the love and the hate that comes with the territory. Unfortunately, this forum will not be for how rad your last session was or how good your breakfast burrito was this morning. It will be for YOU and ME to vent our frustrations and tell our horror stories from our day to day of skateboarding. So let me start this off with a walloper of a tale that happened to me not too long ago::..
It was a perfect evening for shredding in So Cal so we headed down to the Norco park just down the road. Scott, Aric and I got out of the car, got our 20 minute stretch in and prepared for total annihilskation. Soon after, two trucks pulled up at the park with a megaload of Bros. They get out with bikes, mini dirt bikes and a couple of skateboards and started to head into the park. Right away we knew the session was going downhill, fast. So, I'm skating around and some dude yells out, “Bro, do a christ air for us!” “Are you retarded,” I replied. Apparently he didn't like my tone, so they continued to bother me for the rest of the session. Needless to say, I was pretty angry at this point and wondered why these guys thought they were so cool. A bit later, they take off up to their trucks. I thought these guys were finally leaving, but I was dead wrong. Six of them hop into a Ford Expedition and the other 4 into a Chevy S-10 and cruise down this big grass hill and onto the soccer field next to the skate park. They start burning out and doing donuts all over the soccer field. Next thing I knew, the Ford Expedition flips onto its side. Everyone hopped out of the truck and began trying to flip it over. Scott and I were laughing hysterically at these guys as they teeter totter the truck to get it back on its wheels. It nearly crushed five dudes underneath it during the process. They finally get the truck back on its wheels and desperately try and scurry out of the park before the cops get there. Unfortunately, if you drive an S-10 you know it's not the best vehicle for off-roading. The S-10 guy gets stuck trying to get up the grass hill which was wet and muddy from his bro cruising up it seconds before. After he fails at that, he backs up and decides that going up the snake run of the park was the best way out. He speeds up the snake run and gets to the top where there is a volcano type hump… Crash, bang, screeeeeeeech!!!! I look over and the guy has his truck high centered on the volcano. Instantly, all his homies come over to help get his truck off the volcano. They lift it up a bit and scoot it to the side, smart guy backs up a bit and high centers the truck on the volcano again. All we can do at this point is stare and bask in the humor of the whole situation. All the guys come back to help him again and finally the guy gets his truck off the volcano. Both vehicles race out of the park and at this point, the session was already over and not to mention there was grass, oil, and mud all over the park. If something like this happens to you, here is a suggestion of what to do Ban together with all the other skaters in the park and start kicking ass and taking names. It's the only way to show that a skate park is not the place for brotivities.
Until next week,
Greg Custer (The Angry Skateboarder)