By: Jarrid Lopez @jarrid_lopez Good vibes and new friends help thaw out a long winter when the crew from Moonshine MFG breaks out the first longboard session of the spring.
The cold winter slowed down longboard activity on the east coast in the U.S. From the never ending snow and salted roads in the north, to endless freezing rain in the south. As spring approaches, skaters want to break in their fresh gear, and what better way than having an all day skate session in the capitol city of America.
I wanted to host a skate session for the love of the longboard community. It has provided me with many opportunities, and I wanted to return the favor. Therefore, I wanted the whole day to be filled with skating, stoke, and happy faces. To help me maintain the stoke, my fellow Moonshine Mfg teammates, Nick Pappas, and Mark Nicolaus Jr came out to the session. Also, the local skate shop, Bethesda Boards, provided it’s love and support throughout the day.
The day starts off with a cold but sunny morning at Czech hill. The wind was blowing, and the thane was dropping. With little traffic, and speeds of 30+mph, it’s a popular slide hill in the DC area. When more riders arrived to the session, we began having challenges to make things interesting. For example; freeriding the hill with your pants down, catching a football while sliding, and holding hands with someone while freeriding. I was quite surprised to see the diversity of skaters that showed up to the session. From amateur to pro, papa bear to baby grom, it brought joy to my heart, seeing all these riders having a good time, despite the cold air. Nick and Mark came up with more games for the riders to participate in. Including the wheel line slide game, slide grabber, etc.
After hours of skating in the cold DC area, skaters and spectators began to get hungry. Everyone packed up their gear, and headed to Bethesda, MD home of Bethesda Scooters and Boards shop. The owners, Kaare Wieneke and Tyson Plumbtree had so much love for the community, they provided pizzas for everyone and let us skate inside their shop. When everyone got their fills worth of Italian cuisine, and indoor heat, we shifted gears towards a garage session. The area surrounding the shop is full of parking garages that are begging to be bombed by skaters. With stomachs filled with pizza and iced tea, everyone was ready to go back outside and conquer the garages. There were too many skaters in the elevators, therefore the brave few had to run up the stairs. Riders were sliding, butt boarding, carving, and even dancing down these garages. We lost a few while moving to different garages, however we all met up at the end. After the garage session, we met up back at the shop, and wrapped up everything, thus ending the all day skate session.
Overall, I believe that everyone had a fun time skating with friends, and hopefully made new because that is what longboarding is all about. Spreading the stoke, one rider at a time. I hope to do more of sessions like these in the future to give the riders of tomorrow a place where they can meet their idols and learn in order to spread the excitement of the sport. I want to thank Moonshine mfg. for helping me host this rad session, as well as Bethesda Scooters and Boards for the hospitality and love for the community. As a great longboarder once told me, Stay golden. — Jarrid.