The last “big” contest in America happened this weekend in Santa Ana, CA. I missed filming the open comp the first day and my battery was dead during the bladies & OG’s competition… Sorry homies. I got a good portion of the rest of it though.
Everyone should try and make it next year, I was really surprised by the diverse turn out. I normally expect a CA comp to have a majority of people skating in it to be from CA, but there were just as many international dudes in attendance. Now that I think about it, there were a lot of surprises with this one.
Pro’s skated the comp (rare), there were a ton of booths set up showcasing all the latest and greatest (powerslide, RZRS, themgoods, dead, etc), the heats didn’t excessively run over the time limit… Wow. It was actually run really well. The after party was located right above the competition at a bar called Native Sons. If anyone from there reads this (they won’t) thanks for putting up with rollerblader shenanigans…
The Feet 4 premier happened next door to the competition at “The Frida” cinema. We packed this place out, hundreds of us cramming into this tiny theatre. Lonnie Gallegos showed up fashionably late with the video that was finished maybe 30 minutes prior to viewing, haha. Really great video, the place was full of cheers. The video will be available at Blackfabric.bigcartel.com.
I always make fun of California (because it’s the hub and i’m jealous), but they really put on a good time this weekend. It was welcoming, well organized and constantly exciting. You should go. I’m going to start going every year. Love y’all. - Cody Sanders.
I tried to make a video last year but gave up… I made a few edits with some of the footage, but this is the rest of it. It’s not a real video, it’s only 8 minutes. New Orleans, San Diego, Los Angeles, Austin, Richmond & El Paso. A lot of peeps in this one though. All filler, no killer. - Cody Sanders.
Peeps: Austin Foogie Bartels, Heath Burley, Andrew Broom, Taylor Denea Allen, Russell Day, Andrew Waddle, Levi van Rijn, Chris Fleener, Oliver Prado, Logan Stell Fowell, Shannon Joy Rodgers, Miguel Angel Ramos, Garret Mitschelen, Bear Phillips, Mick Casals, Grant Collins, Brandon Bobadilla, J.r. Padron, Aarin Gates & Ross Puryear.
Music: “Might be” - Jstab, “indo smoke” - Dretti Franks (Feat. CVRSXD), “LDA” - FIDLAR.
I woke up to a phone call this morning from my friend Long challenging me to do a 30 for 30. To those of you wondering “what is that?”, it’s a birthday challenge. On your 30th birthday, do thirty tricks.
I was originally supposed to do it all within 30 minutes as well, buutttt nahhhhhh. Haha. It’s summer, it’s new orleans, I’m not running around doing makio’s on a curb for 30 minutes, it’s 95°F degrees out there (35°C).
As goofy as these challenges are, it was fun. I did a couple of tricks I haven’t done in years. Thanks for watching if you did. All praise be to the one true bl8 god. - Cody Sanders.
“Heath 4 pro.” - Cody Sanders.
Went to the bl8park and filmed some tricks by my lonesome. It was early. I forgot to put the mic on for 90% of the tricks, haha. Curb Killa Clique 4ever, 1love 2 tha bl8god. - Cody Sanders.
A lot of people have come to me with questions and interest over Adapts the past few years, so I decided to do a video review to answer a few basic questions about the skates.
Forgive some of the out of focus shots, I filmed it all alone so I couldn’t see what I was doing a lot of the time. Also, the ledge wasn’t waxed and it was 8 in the morning, so cut me some slack, haha.
If you’re not satisfied with my review, you can get all the technical jargon at Adaptbrand.com - Cody Sanders.
All 8 wheels, 4down 4up, po’ up. Not taking edits seriously and only skating the bladepark. - Cody Sanders.
“Skated the mini for an hour. Watched Mick”. - Cody Sanders. Ft. Cody Sanders, Mick Casals & Cory Cross.
The Donate and Skate was originally planned to be at a skatepark in the small town of Seguin, TX, but the rain had different plans for us.
The organizers reconvened underneath a covered area in a park down the street, scavenged a box and a p-rail from the locals and game on. There was a great turn out for such a weird location. The competition was stacked.
Heavy hitters Andrew Broom and Mason Richard had their eyes on the gold medal this year, as did many other young hopefuls. The edit does this competition no justice. So many clips were missed.
Intense battles between competitors. Valo flow team rider Andrew Broom going head to head against TX legend Michael Kraft. A true test of endurance and attrition.
But it was the dark horse, Foogie, who rose to glory. Sweeping the crowd off its feet with his deep vocabulary of tricks and unmatchable style, his performance will not be quickly forgotten. The recent Colorado transplant was recently picked up newly formed skate empire “curb killa clique”. Be on the look out for this one. Congratulations to all in attendance.
Donate and Skate 2017 (Seguin, Texas): Edit + Results