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Prescott Park Sessions: A New Year’s Montage

This was put together from the extra footage I have shot so far, and I figure I’ll whip up a little video every month with any footy that isn’t being used for another projectIf anyone wants to film something let me know. 

In this video we have Scott Davis, Peter Sundt, Billy Clark, DJ Orlando, Jonah Barnes, Kronik Mike, Bridger Pierson, Kyle Capka, and Kramer Karlson. Special bail appearances by Mikey Powlas and Parker Crandall, and a little camera help from Ryan Cedro.


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Prescott’s New Blood

There have been many generations of skateboarding in Prescott, Arizona.  When I was 8, my best friend’s older brother Angelo was a sick skater and I remember him and his friends telling us to skate.  Then when I finally started skating in middle school there was already a solid crew of skaters all around my age.  They were skeptical of my skating at first, but I eventually got to be friends with them all.  Then our local YMCA skatepark closed down and there was nothing in Prescott for a long time.  At that point I skated mostly flatground at home for a couple years by myself.

A park eventually opened up in the neighboring town of Prescott Valley, but it wasn’t the same as having a local park.  Soon after though, a nice cement park was finally built in Prescott.  I got so excited that I rolled my ankle skating in preparation for the opening, and then I wasn’t able to skate the park for the first week!  When I finally got there though, it was obvious that there was a completely new breed of skateboarders about to evolve in Prescott.

In the proceeding years, Prescott skaters have gotten better than ever.  In that time I have gotten to be friends with all the older skaters that inspired me and all the younger skaters that continue to inspire me.  This surge of progression has been made more fun by the ability to watch it all in the multitude of internet clips and videos released by Calavera Board Supply and Justin McGill.

Of course, skaters come and go.  Things have changed a lot since the park first opened, but I’m still there, and luckily there are new skaters killing it too.  Ryan Cedro, Kramer Karlson, Kyle Kapka, and Sean Davis are good examples.  The videos speak for themselves. 

They have also invented a new game of SKATE in which you have to “beam” your opponents while doing the trick, as explained by Billy Marks on The Berrics.  I thought it was insane and was too scared to play the first time they asked me.  Then a couple days ago I started playing what I thought was just a normal game of SKATE around the park, but I soon realized we had to beam.  I didn’t want to do it, but I’d look stupid if I backed out.  Somehow I managed to survive and beat them at their own game.

I never would have tried a no-look nose manual around the curved box if it wasn’t for these crazy kids.  That’s one of the things I love about skateboarding.  You see things you never knew could be done, and then amazingly you do itPrescott skateboarders are doing it.

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Kramer Karlson

Kramer is a straightforward skater.  I’ve seen him from his beginnings, and he wasn’t the gnarliest or techiest, but he was always there skating and smiling.  If you have fun skating and do it often, then your good.

There is no denying though that the desire to progress also makes a good skateboarder.  Kramer has this too.  I know because I played two games of skate with him yesterday and he beat me both times.  Now I need to learn nollie and switch inward heels.  If Kramer keeps having fun, who knows what he may learn.

A few years ago I came up with a set of questions about skateboarding.  These were Kramer’s answers.

Why do you keep skating?
-Because there is always something new to learn.

You can also watch Kramer in a bunch of different clips here.

Name: Kramer Karlson
Age: 15
Type of Job/Schooling: Highschool
Years Skateboarding: 3

What’s your first skateboarding memory?
-Breaking my arm.

What’s your favorite skateboarding memory?
-Learning to kickflip.

Ever quit? Want to, or say you’ll quit?

Where did you start? Did that influence you?
-In my garage.  Yes it was fun.

How would you describe the feeling of skateboarding?

Why do you keep skating?
-Because there is always something new to learn.

Do you care about the history of skateboarding?

Do you care about the current skate media?

What else is like skateboarding to you?

What isn’t like skating?

What was the first hard “trick” you worked for?
-Kickflip on flat.

Why work so hard for a trick?
-It is fun to challenge yourself.

How do you feel about skateboarding now compared to when you started?
-I don’t fall as much as I used to.

What’s your favorite thing to do on a skateboard and why?
-Improving my skills because it is fun.

Is there a trick you don’t think you’ll ever be able to do?
-Kickflip backlip.

Is there any maneuver you would purposefully not do?

What’s the trick you can do every time that surprises you?
-Nollie bigspin.

What’s your dream “tricks”?
-Kickflip back smith.

What’s your favorite terrain and why?
-Street and park because street you always can do something new, park because it has everything.

What do you hate about skateboarding?
-That boards can break.

Best (worst) injury? Healing time?
-Broken arm, 6 weeks.

How do you overcome fear?
-Just commit once and maybe fall and then you are not as scared.

Do you remember the details of your first setup?
-Element deck, Thunder trucks, and Ricta wheels.

Did you start with friends or alone?
-With friends.

Was it hard or easy at first?
-Very hard.

Was there anyone or anything that especially inspired you to start or keep skating?
-That everyone was so good I wanted to be like them.

Do your parents ever have a problem with skateboarding?

When did you realize you were a skater?
-When I learned to kickflip.

How do you feel about skateboarding now compared to when you started?
-I don’t fall as much as I used to.

What is most important about skateboarding to you?
-The most important thing is to have a good time.

What do you hate about skateboarding?
-That boards can break.


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