Now, despite the fact that we slave away here at BambooSk8 without seeing our bank accounts grow, there are definitely quite a few perks that come with the job. X Games anyone? Uhhh yeah.
The car ride to L.A. for X Games 16 with five heads (Mark, Andrew, Brian, Dana and myself) in Dana’s Civic was… memorable. We had live serenades and sick raps performed by BambooSk8′s own BRock that included original styling and lyrics to songs that everyone, but B, knows the words to. Lets just say, its a great thing he is so Marketing and Advertising savvy or I could see him trying to pursue American Idol, just to get shut down by Simon and added to the humorous hopeful episode.
Of course the competitions were sick and packed full of incredible performances of gravity rebellion. We saw Travis Pastrana take his seventh Moto X Freestyle Gold. His final run was a victory lap that included a ridiculous double back that had everyone in the arena on their feet roaring with applause – stoked!!
Now, getting to what we all want to hear about… the Big Air Finals. These guys were unbelievable. They made falling from 40 feet in the air onto your knees look like taking a fun ride down the slide in the playground. It was nothing to them and they all just got up and walked away, no problem. Crazy!
Carlsbad kid Jake Brown took 1st after launching the 70 foot gap with a solid backflip, followed by a 540 off the 27 foot quarterpipe. Bob Burnquist was nipping at his heels, scoring a 93 compared to Jake’s 93.66, but just couldn’t stomp the 900 spin off the quarter. Still, an amazing performance by skateboarding superheros.
Post X Games, the raps and serenades by BRock continued – that I kept trying to chime into and quickly making things awkward… I got put in my appropriate seat in the car (you know the one thats apparently named after me, thats in the middle, in the back, where I would be the first one to die if we were to wreck), and I heard Andrew’s new favorite word(s) more than anyone needs to hear botched English in their lifetime. And Andrew, if you are reading this, “Nun yown biznez.” Ya heard?
Mark is very lucky that the X Games somehow killed my Droid because if my phone could access its’ memory card right now, this blog would have gone a completely different way. Unfortunately, the video I shot of him “dancing” on Pope’s last night in Cali, is now in embarrassing video heaven. I guess he is right, Driod does NOT; which, right now, is serving in his favor. Would Verizon hurry up and get the iPhone already?!?
BTW, Brian – American Idol tryouts are August 19th in SanFran… I’ll give you a ride if you sing your heart out and fake lyrics for Paula…
Also, Thanks for being our Mario Andretti, Dana! We all heart you!!
So the moral of this story is that being an unpaid intern still has its’ benefits. Last night reconfirmed that working in the action sports industry is where I want to be and that life is good.
I heart BambooSk8!