Photography by: David Coe Copywriting by: David Coe & Devin Heald
We arrived in San Francisco; frantically ready to ride due to the frigid midwest temperatures. Bay area local and photographer David Coe was generous enough to let us stay during the trip. After being picked up from the airport we grabbed some tacos at a local taco truck and went straight to filming. Devin decided to have a battle with a massive 180 bar hubba hop at the first spot we went to straight off the plane. After countless slams, scooter flying and hitting Davids flash, and dealing with the chilly winds, Devin stomped the trick just as it was getting too dark to film. We decided to hit a dispensary and rest up after traveling for hours and get an early start to riding San Francisco the next day.
We took the Bart with David on his way to work into the city but got off a few stops early to ride spots he had recommended. We first rode the Farmers Market ledges. There we spent maybe one and a half plus hours trying the feeble bar fakie manny line. Soon after we got the make, Jake Sorensen and Pat Nguyen showed up. We then attempted to ride the flower shop but there were some graffiti artists doing some pieces so we hopped on a bus to go downtown where we got some tacos.
The following day, we started our morning off at 3-Zero cafe and rode spots along part of California's famous Highway 1. Devin, being a talented and productive scooter rider that he is; was able to stack numerous clips throughout the day. We ended up going to a semi-famous ditch/bank spot that Devin did a whip to footplant. Because it was cold out, there was dew all over the bank spot. Devin was getting pretty hesitant about it after slipping multiple times trying to ride up the small part and dropping into the large bank. After a few solid attempts he stuck the grab perfectly. We ended the day with a sunset halfpipe sesh in Half Moon Bay while meeting up with Devin Szydlowski who came up to ride with us for the weekend.
That Sunday, we rode with part of the Concrete Crew throughout San Francisco. We managed to hit a ledge spot to hill bomb spot where Devin was able to get a whip to fakie feeble to 180 double heel out. As time flew by, we last minute decided to chase the sunset in hopes of getting some solid sunset shots at the Baker Beach banks with the Golden Gate Bridge in the background. Unfortunately, we arrived pretty late and lost a lot of the golden hour light.
That Monday, we decided to head down to the South Bay to ride spots in San Jose. Devin ended up battling a line for hours at David's childhood park. After hours of both Devin & David battling for clips, we ended up keeping productive and filming on into the night to make up for starting our day late and being at the park for hours. We went to David's high school where Devin was trying for about an hour to get an overcrook to manual to 180 off the curb. He eventually got it after some teamwork between Richard and David who were constantly waxing the ledge between tries.
Eventually, on our last day we decided to head back north up the peninsula to ride SF one last time before we departed back home the next day. We thought we we’re going to be doing some sightseeing because Devin was complaining all morning that he wasn’t able to ride from being sore filming last night. However, we decided to check out the famous 3rd and Army spot, which can also be seen in Skate 3 because why not. After warming up, Devin decided to film a line in which he ended at the gap at the entrance of the spot. With the energy high, we decided to keep productive once again and keep filming throughout the day. After doing some school year schedule research online we found out a lot of the schools were on break in the area so we made the best of it and went to a long flatrail to bank spot. Devin had a field day on it for a few hours getting numerous clips until ultimately we were yelled at and chased out by the schools principal. Devin rewarded himself for the day by going to the dispensary.