Flatspot Highway Jam XIII: Part II
Part Two of the three part series of photos from the 13th Flatspot Highway Jam: No Sponsors No Problems starts with the pizza lunch break. As mentioned in Part One, Alege Akolo hadn’t been skating much recenlty but came out for a day of riding. Unfortunately, he went down hard at the second spot. While we picked up pizza at a strip mall, Alege went to get ice from a nearby store. Some friendly locals saw that he was in need of help and helped him clean up and bandage himself.
The next spot was a big park with a really narrow pathway with some steep and curvy sections. We ate our pizza, climbed trees, flipped off the swings, sat in hammocks, and skated the pathway. The pathway was somewhat of a legendary spot for the locals. They weren’t exactly sure what people would be able to do. The Abbotsford crew aren’t tech sliders with short wheelbases, but the bus definitely had some of those types of skaters.
There was a section that was really steep, pretty damp, and off-camber leading right into a tree if you didn’t make the corner. Upon first seeing it, some of us thought iit would be impossible. Leave it to the FSHJ riders to lift your expectations. By a few runs, tech sliding aficionados Reese Boyko and Mischa Chandler were shedding off their speed enough to make it through the section. Still, others wanted to make it without slowing down. There were many wipeouts and close calls, it was gnarly. After many tries, some others rallied through the pathway like no one could have imagined.
Harlen and Reese had a few good mobs down the path, and definitely stuck a few tricks too. They were definitely the MVPs of the spot.
Stay tuned for part three of the Flatspot Highway Jam featuring a high speed crash and a few GIFs to wrap up the event coverage. With so many spots jammed into one day, there’s just no way to jam it all in one post!