01/04/2015

Z-Flex Team Fly By Phoenix

 

The Z-Flex Team Fly by Phoenix again and the temperature has gone up another 20 degrees since last visit.

Z-Flex Team Fly By Phoenix - Skateboard Event

Camp Davis was in full effect again and Oscar was the first one up every morning.

Z-Flex Team Fly By Phoenix - Skateboard Event

A short warm-up at Tempe skate park and then it was time to visit our friends at Skate After School.

Z-Flex Team Fly By Phoenix - Skateboard Event

Skate After School is a program based in Phoenix, Arizona that introduces school age kids to the positives of skateboarding.  We donated a dozen boards and the kids love the Z-Flex Cruisers with the Z-Smooth wheels.

Z-Flex Team Fly By Phoenix - Skateboard Event

The kids got to pick a Z-Flex team rider and push them around the gym in a race.  Skate After School has a very relaxed structure which allows the kids to experience skateboarding in its purist form; with no one telling them a right or wrong way to ride a board.  Much in the spirit of what Jay Adams and the Z boys did back in 1976.

Z-Flex Team Fly By Phoenix - Skateboard Event

There were over 50 students in attendance and about a dozen of them were girls.  Z-Flex team rider Laura Logue was the first girl many of these kids had seen skating and they were especially excited to get to skate with her.  This student learned how to rock to fakie today.

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Staying low on the boards was a popular way to cruise around the gym.  Here Rayce Davis shoots the duck while a couple students race along next to him knee-boarding.

Z-Flex Team Fly By Phoenix - Skateboard Event

And of course the girls had to join in on the push your favorite Z-Rider races.

Z-Flex Team Fly By Phoenix - Skateboard Event

Phoenix has 600,000 pools and about 60,000 of them are empty.  The odds are in our favor.

Z-Flex Team Fly By Phoenix - Skateboard Event

This one known as Adam’s pool is a real gem.  The house is rented by rock climbers and they are totally down with our cause.

Z-Flex Team Fly By Phoenix - Skateboard Event

The shallow end is very very nice, so nice that Rayce was front feebling right on through it.  Rayce has been skating this pool for close to 9 years now and it shows.

Z-Flex Team Fly By Phoenix - Skateboard Event

Phoenix is also home to a lot of unique ditches, and dirt.

Z-Flex Team Fly By Phoenix - Skateboard Event

Z-Flex Graphic Artist Jayden Rofe coming in hot with a Back D on his After Hours series ‘Sleep’ Deck

Z-Flex Team Fly By Phoenix - Skateboard Event

Malakai Montes learns a new trick every time we see him.  This week it’s frontside noseblunts. 

Z-Flex Team Fly By Phoenix - Skateboard Event

Diego Alvarado drove up from El Paso and straight outta the car to ripping.  Frontside 5-0 off the end of the extension.

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We threw Haden McKenna in the van this time.  His dad was pro for Z-Flex in the 80’s; generations strong right there.

Z-Flex Team Fly By Phoenix - Skateboard Event

Saturday morning was time for Cowtown’s 14th Annual PHXAM Contest and Z-Flex had a tent set up with challenges and giveaways.

Z-Flex Team Fly By Phoenix - Skateboard Event

The ole hit the nail in with one whack game for a chance to win a board game.

Z-Flex Team Fly By Phoenix - Skateboard Event

Out on the course things were heating up and Liam McCabe missed the finals by one spot.  Top 40 went to finals and Liam placed 41st out of 220 skaters.

Z-Flex Team Fly By Phoenix - Skateboard Event

Malakai Montes liked the bowl wall on the west side of the park. Frontside invert.

Z-Flex Team Fly By Phoenix - Skateboard Event

ATV ripper Rayce Davis hurricanes the rail.

Z-Flex Team Fly By Phoenix - Skateboard Event

Haden McKenna boosting a cross-boned lein air.

Z-Flex Team Fly By Phoenix - Skateboard Event

Liam with a feeble on the flat bar.

Z-Flex Team Fly By Phoenix - Skateboard Event

Arizona local Shane Short is only 16 and also an ATV ripper.  He placed a respectable 46th overall.

Z-Flex Team Fly By Phoenix - Skateboard Event

Laura Logue knew of another empty pool at some BMX bikers yard. 

Z-Flex Team Fly By Phoenix - Skateboard Event

Haden went straight to it and slob plants the deep end. 

Z-Flex Team Fly By Phoenix - Skateboard Event

Rayce Davis found the line over the stairs

Z-Flex Team Fly By Phoenix - Skateboard Event

Laura rips, here she’s getting a solid 50-50 in the deep.

Z-Flex Team Fly By Phoenix - Skateboard Event

Rayce Davis with his first crail slide in a backyard pool

Z-Flex Team Fly By Phoenix - Skateboard Event

Then it was time to check out Matt Price’s photo show. Matt is the photographer who shot the photo for Rayce’s latest ad. 

Z-Flex Team Fly By Phoenix - Skateboard Event

Skate After School volunteer Ryan Lay with a photo that Matt Price shot of him.

Z-Flex Team Fly By Phoenix - Skateboard Event

Cowtown Skateboards owners Trent and Laura Martin check out some photos.

Z-Flex Team Fly By Phoenix - Skateboard Event

The next morning we ventured to the city of El Mirage where there is killer skate park.  Oscar Navarro with a huge stalefish.

Z-Flex Team Fly By Phoenix - Skateboard Event

Rayce Davis boosts a tuck knee over the hip and gives us a look at his ‘Rise Deck’ graphic

Z-Flex Team Fly By Phoenix - Skateboard Event

The boys all check the footy of a trick Rayce filmed on his iPhone.

Z-Flex Team Fly By Phoenix - Skateboard Event

World renown Venice Beach rock band The Shrine was on the bill for the PHXAM after party.

Z-Flex Team Fly By Phoenix - Skateboard Event

The Shrine has music featured in several of our edits including both songs in “Rough Cut”  and the second song in the Jay Adams Memorial video. 

Z-Flex Team Fly By Phoenix - Skateboard Event

That’s all.  Good Night.

Z-Flex Team Fly By Phoenix - Skateboard Event