Monday, September 14, 2009
The Crossroads retail show is now the heart of skateboarding's trade shows. It's everyone and anyone who's important in skateboarding. And, like skateboarding always is, it's a whole mess of madness. Here are some shots from the event. Enjoy!
Year two brought a second chance to stab at the barrel jump, an event revived from the 60s and 70s, and it was one of the most awesome events all day, even though there was no chance for different tricks. It was simply awesome to see all these guys hucking their carcasses over the growing line of barrels. Brian "Slash" Hanson gets trippy over nine barrels, like it's the 70s
The Blackbox crew went all out for this Crossroads, installing a secret pool under the long pyramid that they revealed as the last part of the competition. With the addition of Krew beach balls, it was starting to look like a party, so Andrew Pott took a dip in the pool. Then, the skating ensued.
This happened more than you know. About one out of four people lost their boards in the drink. Whenever one went in, Jamie Thomas would step out and instruct the skaters to take their board to the side, so they wouldn't get the pyramid wet. At one point, one kid's board went in and when Jamie stepped out to point him to the side, the flustered little kid thought Jamie was raising his hand at him. The kid jumped out of the water all scared and rushed to the side. Another kid, skating the rail, sacked, got his legs caught on the edge of the pool and slammed face first on the other side. This thing was dangerous.