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Skate Invasion: 2017 Central Mass Skate Festival 8

Central Mass Skate Festival is on its 8th year and I’ve personally missed it for the last 7. This 3 day skate everything festival was perfect for Ontario’s “skate everything” mentality and knew we’d feel right at home. This year I was determined to make it rain or shine, or fire from the sky!!! Nothing was stopping me and the Skate Invader crew from making the 10 hour dive. Unfortunately due to someone wearing a baseball cap at the border cross, it even took 12 hours and by the time we got there we ready to explode. We cranked the stereo to 11 and pressed play on the Daddy Yankee. We needed the Gasolina because the Oncreddible Skate Invader crew was ready to TURN IT UP! WAYYYY UP!!

If I took a photo when we arrived I would ruined the moment. As soon as I left the car I was greeted by scruffy Troy Yard waste standing at the side of the road, yelling at kids to wear helmets. Crib bomb just hoofed across the country from the west coast and if you listened hard enough you could here a distant Striker yelling “TRAILER PARK DAAWWWGS, COME GET UM.” The characters came out to play and even though we missed the mini ramp jam all our friends had arrived just in time. I reach into my pocket and pull out the best of the worst that 99 cents America had to offer. The Naddy Daddy became the face of horrible life choices and winning of all the parties. Leave it to Ontario to all get broke off skating the parking 30 mins into getting to the event. It was clear we were here for the invasion and ready to send it to the masses.

DAY 1

We woke with head aches and bruises from the night before. I had faint memories of Brady Brown doing a back flip over a parking lot chunder hole and Shawn Prier taking a board to the spine. The smell of boy fart was thick and the decision to be alive seemed harder then usual. The weather person was calling for rain and I knew the only way I was going to survive was going down to all you can eat breakfast. I shoved my face hole full of food and made it town to catch the school bus to the hill.

Size matters? Racers waiting in the rain for their heats.

When we got to the race the sky broke and the rain started falling hard. I could barley see what was in front of me and kept almost stepping in poison ivy. Lucky for me I had Steve Kong to yell at me from the distance “Stop blowing it Nuss. You’re standing in poison ivy again.” Armed with a shitty umbrella (thanks Molly) and my camera its was time to get wet. Even though I was wet, water itself is not wet. Only the act of water being on me was wet. So I had nothing to fear but water itself.

Shawn bravely sending it hard in the rain. Unfortunately he got eaten by a puddle seen here.

Moments later after the puddle ate Shawn P aka Dale Sr. He turned right when should have gone left.

Gene Nillas jr the first Skate Invader to become a Yardwaste.. soo Gene Waste? All I know is that Gene is killing life.

Gene is also the leader of the barbwired gang. What happened to this good young man!

He also later learned the secrets of the wet surfy pavements. You can see Gene send it in this clip here.

This is Ms Molly Vaclav the new face of Toronto Girls longboarding. This was her first real race and she sent it hard in the rain to earn 4th place. We’re all so proud of you Molly!!

The girls final heat was epic. Calleigh Alice pulled in the lead and won by a hair.

David Jackson wins most sexy. Got knocked out by another asshole riding a dancer in a dh race. What are the chances?

Cowboy boots plastic bag run were epic. This dude killed it and I saw him eat shit hard. Rip dude you did not look happy about it. I didn’t get any footage but ill never forget.

MaX Wippermann won mens and is now the raining champion. See what I did there?

We knew the day was done when Steve Kong ate a worm. I guess it was time for the after party?

Huge shout outs to the 150 people who raced that day and huge thanks to central Mass crew for keeping it together in the rain.

You can see more of my photographs of the DH race here.

After a long day of getting broke off, wet and tired. It was time for some more Naddy Daddy (Actually I skipped that part. Please don’t drink that stuff) and to head to the after party for a DJ set. I can go on in details about this party but what happens at Send it Mass stays at Central Mass.

SKATE INVADER CREW HANDS DOWN WON THE PARTY! AFTER PARTY VIDEO HERE

Day 2

The rain stopped and the sun was out! Luckily Striker filled my belly full of TRAILER PARK DAWWWGS before bed and I was ready to go. The park was set up and the hill was full of stoke and thane was in the air. This was going to be an amazing day of friends.

#1 Skate Dad Mike Girard living the hail bail cowboy life. This man is not human and we are extremely thankful for all his hard work.

When I got to the bottom I relised I might not be the only person with a camera. Every had a feeling someone was watching you, watching them, watching us?

Former slide jam winner Sam Flint styling like a graceful bird of some sort. Maybe a seagull ?

Skate everything Montreal Canadain stoke machine Zarchary Lecker, can’t stop wont stop.

Troy Yardwaste pimpin’ the hill trying to make gas money for the crib bomb. Don’t knock the hustle.

Neena Schueller and I have been Facebook friend for years and are now RW !!! O. M. G.!! She’s so dreamy.

Jamie is a style master. This girls just killed it all day long!

Ontario style Master Brady Brown facing his hang over with some fresh skids down the hill.

Local enemy Bombora bad boy Alex Savage had the time of his life and made it to finals for completely sending it all over the place.

This when my acid kick in and then I also realized I didn’t take any acid.

Power house Steven Vera is just there to send it all day long with a big smile on his face.

This man skates like a thrash metal guitar and plays guitar like a thrashing down hill skater. Norman Plante lords of the mids is always a pleasure to watch skate.

I started questioning my mental health again when I saw the skating panda. Fun fact: Pandas only ride bamboo boards. Fun fact: 87% of facts are made up 33% of the time on the spot.

I ENDED MY DAY SMILING AND TALKING TO STRIKER. THIS MAN IS ALL LOVE AND IS ON THE ADVENTURE OF A LIFE TIME! CHECK OUT THE HOUSE OF SKATAN AND IF YOUR NOT GOING TO DO WHAT THE SIGN SAYS BE JAH BLESSED LIKE THIS MAN. PEACE BE WITH YOU BROTHER!

After the jam I was numb from head to toe and was overcome by a sense of joy that everyone had the time of their lives. Thank you Mike Girard and the Central Mass team for all your hard work. I wish it didn’t take me so long to get to their but you did not disappoint me at all!! Til next time keep skate invading the planet.

You can see more of my photos from the slide jam here.

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