The team invited me to meet them at their local skatepark
in Gilroy to check them out and pay a visit to the shop. They had
planned to work on the team vid that day, but the plan fell through
due to the vid camera not being purchased as yet. They hope to have
the vid done by September.
shop is owned by Joey Fraga (13), (bottom left), and Annie Altamirano,
his grandmother. His grandfather, Jesse (shop employee) was on duty
that day, but he closed his eyes in the picture I took. I think
I blinded him! Anyway, Jesse, it was a nice shot of all the decks
on the wall behind you!
Soooo, the DTS TEAM! After Team
Manager, Joey clockwise is Derek Bishop (16), Kasey Smith (14),
Derek Watson (16), and Joey Flores (aka Marsupial the baby kangaroo
11). Tip: If your name is Joey or Derek, I think you have a good
chance of getting on this team. The DTS team was minus one that
day; Mikey Garcia (18), who was on the injured list. But, we will
feature him another time.
They wanted to pose with the gurly
grip tape and I said ok as long as they covered up what would crank
Real Skate up a notch from it's G rating to R, ahemmmm! They said
they would cover up her face in that case.
|"The dawg" riding rumple seat in the
But, my right-hand-man of the day,
Marsupial, had the right idea. He took good care of me, carying
stuff around; he always knew what time it was, and when Kasey sprained
his ankle, he was right there administering treatment. I think this
little skater might grow up to be a doctor some day. But what I
think what he really wants, is to be a skater. And he is; they all
are awesome rippers as these shots show.
think it would be unanimously agreed that the trick of the day went
to Derek Watson with his "kickflip off the pyramid to indy
grab first try" as they called it.
(Dang, where's the power winder
when you need it! I'm still kicking myself for not getting a sequence