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on the path to Mt Baldy.  
A 12 park roadtrip by Wee Ming Wong  


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A 12 park roadtrip by Wee Ming Wong

The pipe is on a downward slope that gets you to incredible speeds and the killer bowl make Hastings 10 footer feel like a mini ramp
The pipe is on a downward slope that gets you to incredible speeds and the killer bowl make Hastings 10 footer feel like a mini ramp
Pipe master Eric Salazar  getting up to astronomical heights
Pipe master Eric Salazar of sernaskateclan.com getting up to astronomical heights. He's Upland's Pipe Pasting Winner for 2005 as you can see another sick photo of him in the Holiday issue (Vol. 4 No. 3) of 2005 Concrete Wave page 36. Yeah Eric!

In the heart of Badland country this park is the replica to the old Upland Pipe of the 70's with a monstrous 20ft. plus pipe with a wicked 11-12ft. bowl at the end. As you can see it's not for the faint hearted and only for the most experienced skaters. The surface is slippery and super fast as I surprisingly slammed on a few occasions. I skated here twice but will need a more sessions to feel comfortable and relaxed. I was hoping to session here with Salba and other Badlanders but that didn't happen. Will be back here soon for sure.

This gives you an idea how big this bowl is, look how small that kid looks here
This gives you an idea how big this bowl is, look how small that kid looks here!
Eric tearing it up, notice the pipe has lights as with most of the parks here
Eric tearing it up, notice the pipe has lights as with most of the parks here
Pipe master Eric in action
Pipe master Eric in action.
That's me, couldn't help it but had to slap a few stickers up
That's me, couldn't help it but had to slap a few stickers up

Looks like there have been a few good session here
Looks like there have been a few good session here
Pipe at night
Pipe at night.
Just getting comfortable with the terrain and I gotta go. the story of this trip
Just getting comfortable with the terrain and I gotta go.... the story of this trip
Too much fun, had to return for an evening session
Too much fun, had to return for an evening session

This was our first visit to this park but did not skate this day as we just finished with Mt. Baldy and Upland.
This was our first visit to this park but did not skate this day as we just finished with Mt. Baldy and Upland.

Montclair is located very close to the Upland park and Mt. Baldy so we manage to stop over twice. The first time was just a look after the session at Baldy and Upland in case we couldn't get back. The second time we visited the other parks in the area so we stopped back here to skate. The session here was mellow just carving around and seeking the lines, the bowls had excellent flow which you could carve all day and the concrete was super smooth and quick.

A view of the other bowl that also had great flow
A view of the other bowl that also had great flow
Tyler airing out of the bowl
Tyler airing out of the bowl
Another shot of Tyler. This bowl is about 7-8ft. deep, flows well and transfers nicely into a slightly deeper bowl with the same great flow
Another shot of Tyler. This bowl is about 7-8ft. deep, flows well and transfers nicely into a slightly deeper bowl with the same great flow.

That's me carving the deep end. Too bad there is no tile buzz for me here
That's me carving the deep end. Too bad there is no tile buzz for me here.
Here I am setting up for a slide maneuver
Here I am setting up for a slide maneuver
Frontside slash and turn
Frontside slash and turn.

Many quarter ramps were available and a street section was heavily used as usual
Many quarter ramps were available and a street section was heavily used as usual.

This was a must stop for me here as I have seen many awesome videos and pics of the Vans Skatepark. The Combi Bowl is a replica of a bowl at Uplands in the 70's which is not only tight and fast, the finish had many ripples and slippery as hell with real coping. Skated here for only an hour with grand master Lonnie Hiramoto, Jimmie and a handful of other dudes young and old that were just killing it. This is quite a challenging bowl as it will take more than a few good sessions to seek out the lines. The vert ramp was dusty and felt a tad smaller than RDS but manage to get a few runs in. These are the only pictures I have from a distance as cameras were not allowed in. You can bet next time I'll spend more time here.

This was not the day I skated but when I did the Combi bowl was heavily sessioned
This was not the day I skated but when I did the Combi bowl was heavily sessioned.
Vert ramp from the sitting area as cameras were not allowed but bikes are no problem
Vert ramp from the sitting area as cameras were not allowed but bikes are no problem

According to the Dogtown Z Boys documentary, this is the heart of Dogtown where it all began. Bay and Main St. Santa Monica CA.
According to the Dogtown Z Boys documentary, this is the heart of Dogtown where it all began. Bay and Main St. Santa Monica CA.

It was only about 6 years ago that I was in the region not realizing what I had stumbled onto. After watching the Dogtown Z Boys documentary and reflecting on past photos, this time around was quite the trip as I realize the significance that this area represented. From Santa Monica Pier to the old Zephyr Shop, this is another legendary spot to visit for skate historians.

This site appears to be destined for redevelopment
This site appears to be destined for redevelopment
What used to be the Zephyr Surf Shop is now the Horizons West Surf Shop
What used to be the Zephyr Surf Shop is now the Horizons West Surf Shop.
A surf board built by Jeff Ho along with an old Zephyr shirt is on the display window
A surf board built by Jeff Ho along with an old Zephyr shirt is on the display window

A fascinating display of pictures on this wall extends back 30 years and more
A fascinating display of pictures on this wall extends back 30 years and more
A wide variety of completes were also for sale, the Alva deck second to the bottom is signed by the man himself and now mine
A wide variety of completes were also for sale, the Alva deck second to the bottom is signed by the man himself and now mine!
A large display of old and new school shapes. This was like a candy store for kids and couldn't help but spend a several hundred bucks here. The third board at bottom from the right side now belongs to Tyler
A large display of old and new school shapes. This was like a candy store for kids and couldn't help but spend a several hundred bucks here. The third board at bottom from the right side now belongs to Tyler.
Once inside was a real blast from the past standing next to the infamous cross
Once inside was a real blast from the past standing next to the infamous cross

Here is a rare photo from me on the street side
Here is a rare photo from me on the "street side"

Harada was the one of the smaller parks (transition wise) we visited, therefore we did not skate. Besides, it was real gusty that afternoon and wanted to move along to the bigger stuff. However, attached are a few snaps to give you a visual idea of the park layout.

I am sure many lines are possible in the flow section
I am sure many lines are possible in the flow section
The cement look fast and smooth like all the other parks here
The cement look fast and smooth like all the other parks here
Keyhole bowl maybe about 6ft. deep
Keyhole bowl maybe about 6ft. deep.

Many lines too be had in this flow area for sure.
Many lines too be had in this flow area for sure.

Chino was another smooth and fast park with 2 clover style bowl, a mellower flow area and of course a street side packed with kids. One of the clover bowl was tight and fast with pool like transition, pool coping and real tiles. The other bowl was not as tight, a little mellower but just as fun. We hung out here for a short time before venturing off to another park.

This is the tight little clover like bowl with real coping and tiles that is super fast.
This is the tight little clover like bowl with real coping and tiles that is super fast.
Another angle of the clover bowl.
Another angle of the clover bowl.
The other skate bowl which is also clover like with a steep water fall
The other skate bowl which is also clover like with a steep water fall.
Me carving around
Me carving around

Fontana
Fontana

Fontana was a bit further east of Uplands but glad we found it as with all the other parks. It was crazy windy here as the wind funnels through the mountains but we manage to spend about an hour here with no regrets.

These guys down here really like the clover type bowls as many of them here are designed with that concept in mind.
These guys down here really like the clover type bowls as many of them here are designed with that concept in mind.
Another shot from a different angle. And it's all fast and smooth
Another shot from a different angle. And it's all fast and smooth!
They even have a finger park here
They even have a finger park here

Tyler strutting his stuff
Tyler strutting his stuff
Another shot of Tyler, he just loves this move.
Another shot of Tyler, he just loves this move.
My Dogtown hoody that I bought sure came in handy as it was windy as hell here. I think someone here is trying to legalize marijuana.
My Dogtown hoody that I bought sure came in handy as it was windy as hell here. I think someone here is trying to legalize marijuana.

The other clover like bowl which is super smooth and super fun.
The other clover like bowl which is super smooth and super fun.

Debating for several days whether to visit the Etnies skatepark or not because it was out of my way had given way to pool coping and real tiles. After talking with a couple of locals Russ and Dan at Costa Mesa's Volcom skatepark, I was easily convinced as I have seen many pics and videos of this bowl. Upon arrival I was stoked to see how tight and fast it is. I could of carved that pool "Skull Bowl" all day long! My intended 1 hour stay had stretched to 2 which got me stuck in L A's rush hour traffic. In hindsight, I should of stayed longer as this was the last park before leaving California.

Local shredder practicing some rockin board slides.
Local shredder practicing some rockin board slides.
Overview of the 2 main bowls. Both quick, smooth and fast.
Overview of the 2 main bowls. Both quick, smooth and fast.
Local shredder Dan, carving it up
Local shredder Dan, carving it up
Russ a local, carving the bowl. The tiles are just totally awesome to carve on
Russ a local, carving the bowl. The tiles are just totally awesome to carve on

That's me along with everyone else stoked on the tile buzz
That's me along with everyone else stoked on the tile buzz
That's me inspecting the tiles and coping.
That's me inspecting the tiles and coping.
They tell me the factory is just up the hill.
They tell me the factory is just up the hill.

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