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(pictured from upper left clockwise: SK8KINGS Richy "360 King" Carrasco,
Gary "G-King" Holl & Jon "The Next One" Bunn)


HAD A BLAST IN SAN FRANCISCO !! Great action, great people, great time !!

See the complete Photo Gallery for the event: PURPLE SKUNK SK8 JAM GALLERY

Below is a copy of the scene report we submitted to Silverfish.
Words by Maria Carrasco. Photos by Maria Carrasco, Gary Holl & Steve Bunn.

Richy and I packed our bags in the O.C. and headed to the City by the Bay to have a skate shindig with our northern California pals. We landed in town on Friday and were greeted by a ton of rain and freezing temperatures! We tried to stay positive that, by Sunday, the clouds would clear and the sun would be out and we were not disappointed.


Purple Skunk Boardshop

We started the big day as planned: at Purple Skunk Boardshop for continental breakfast, a prize raffle and schwag throwout. Lizzie and the Skunks were top notch hosts – with a great spread of breakfast goodies on hand. Earlybirds, Gary Holl and Jon Bunn busted out some freestyle right there in the store while we waited for our guests to arrive! Just before noon the raffle started with tons of product donated by:ABEC-11, ALL STAR SLIDERS, BELL, CONCRETE WAVE MAGAZINE, FLOWLAB, GF HURLEY, GIRO, KHIRO, LANDYACHTZ, NSS, POCKET PISTOLS, POWELL PERALTA/SKATE ONE, PURPLE SKUNK, ROCKET RONS BEARINGS, SEISMIC, SK8KINGS, S-ONE, TRACKER, TUNNEL, VOLCOM, VOX/INNES, & Z-FLEX. Huge thanks to these sponsors and to Purple Skunk for the awesome hospitality!


Purple Skunk's Lizzie Lee & SK8KING'S Richy Carrasco with guests -- ready to raffle the AXE Complete Grand Prize


Who has the winning ticket? Standing room only at the Skunk!


Jon Bunn bustin a hand plant in front of the store


Jon Bunn & Gary Holl signing autographs

From there, the party moved to nearby Golden Gate Park to run a hybrid slalom course set by the Brown Bomber on Conservatory Drive West and then to finish with a freestyle jam, lead by SK8KINGS team members Richy Carrasco, Gary Holl and Jon Bunn. Richy brought a loaner AXE and other racers lent out some gear to help the newbies get a taste of what slalom was all about. Big props to a lot of experienced racers who showed up – Bruce Brewington, Norski, Judi Oyama, John Ravitch, John Kim (all the way from Korea), Mark Johnson, Drew Lunsford, Slim and even Gary Holl, who made his slalom re-debut. NCDSA founder Adam was there with his two darling girls, too. A good number of local kids showed up and were having a ball trying to make the course on their street boards. It would be great to see the Sunday sessions at GGP become a regular occurrence and a breeding ground for new local racers once again! This is actually where some of the early racing in the recent rebirth of slalom took place. Golden Gate Park on Sundays is closed to car traffic – making it a great spot for skateboarding.


Skaters out in force at Golden Gate Park -- Let the skating begin!


Richy "Brown Bomber" Carrasco charging on his AXE II with Mark Johnson following


John Kim all the way from Korea to run cones with the SK8KINGS


Bruce B. aka "Norski" and Drew Lunsford (AXE Army Member) stoked & ready to charge


Slalom newbie -- wins "Best Hair Award" -- chargin on the AXE I loaner

After the running of the cones -- a freestyle session got underway around the corner with the famous Victorian Conservatory of Flowers as a backdrop. Joining the SK8KINGS team were Wally S., Jimmy, Mark Johnson, John Ravitch, Rodney from Purple Skunk, and two other local kids who were killin’ it! Each skater took turns busting out tricks in a jam format, drawing a nice crowd of cheering park goers who appreciated the skills of the skaters.


Gary "G-King" Holl -- SK8KING & Freestyle Master


Jon "The Next One" Bunn -- newest SK8KING -- going big at the Jam


Richy Carrasco -- catching some air -- kingpin still in tact . . .

The freestyle session lasted about two hours, until the grand finale of Richy breaking his kingpin while spinning 360’s and Gary Holl space-walking through close-set slalom cones. It seemed like everyone was having as much fun as Richy and I were and we can’t wait to do it again! Super stoked that Purple Skunk is so supportive of the scene. The Bay Area locals are lucky indeed!

See the complete Photo Gallery for the event: PURPLE SKUNK SK8 JAM GALLERY


::: SK8KINGS ARE COMING TO SAN FRANCISCO :::

We're kicking it into gear for 2006 and heading to the City by The Bay to hang with the locals.

The coolest skate shop in the Bay Area -- Purple Skunk -- is hosting an in store gathering with SK8KINGS Pro Team Riders Richy Carrasco & Gary Holl along with our newest Am Team member Jon Bunn.

IN STORE AT PURPLE SKUNK: Join us at 10:30 a.m. at Purple Skunk for free continental breakfast (courtesy of Purple Skunk), a freestyle demo with Richy, Gary & Jon and a killer prize raffle with tons of schwag. Skunk Bucks Bonus -- Purple Skunk is issuing certificates for a 10% discount for your store purchase (good through March 15) to all attendees of this event !! Early birds -- Lizzie is opening the shop doors at 10:00 a.m. -- if you want to get a jump on parking and breakfast.

OPEN JAM AT GOLDEN GATE PARK: From Purple Skunk -- we'll head off to Golden Gate Park for open some skate jam action at noon. We'll be running a slalom course on Conservatory Drive West inside the park and having an open freestyle jam session from noon till 3pm. Plenty of room to skate, lots of cool people and hopefully sunshine! Bring your skate gear (helmets and pads recommended for slalom) and jam with us! It's President's Day Weekend so Monday (the day after) is an official holiday!

LET US KNOW YOU'RE COMING AT OUR FORUM:
PURPLE SKUNK SKATE JAM - SFO

EVERYONE IS WELCOME -- Come out to skate, learn or just watch and visit.

VISIT PURPLE SKUNK ON THE WEB: PURPLE SKUNK


A TON OF KILLER RAFFLE PRIZES & OTHER GOODIES SPONSORED BY:







A Huge Thanks to all of the above for supporting the scene!!
To see your logo here -- contact: Maria@sk8kings.com


HERE'S A MAP SHOWING THE LOCALE:



PURPLE SKUNK PARKING:
Street parking is free on Sundays in the city. That means no meters to feed -- but you have to get there early to get a good spot. Please DO NOT park at St. Monica's Schoolyard or any other private property in the area.

GGP PARKING: GGP is closed to car traffic on Sundays so it's a skate friendly place to Jam. Park on the street (meters are free on Sunday) and skate in.


JUST IN CASE IT RAINS
IF THE WEATHER REPORT CALLS FOR RAIN -- WE'LL STILL GO FORWARD WITH THE IN STORE AND TRY TO COME UP WITH AN ALTERNATIVE SKATE PLAN.

FOR MEDIA ARRANGEMENTS, SPONSORSHIP OPPS OR MORE INFO:
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Maria@sk8kings.com
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