The Erindale Brick Banks were built in the early 1980′s and they’re known around the world as a classic skate spot! It was radical to get OLD SKOOL and have a shredfest at the Trilogy “Slash n Thrash.” I specially grew a red mullet overnight to look the part. Chicco showed up in the tightest jeans I’ve ever seen, it was a miracle he could even move! I have no idea how he managed to operate a skateboard. It was great to see families and kids come along to share the stoke and mondo excellentay to see some of our younger crew having a go. As well as the general riff raff of skatehedz, a couple of older crew were also in the mix which was righteous!
The 14 and unders were off first and it was organised mayhem with everyone on the course at once for 15 minutes. We were looking for “best trix on the brix” and best tricks on the rest of the gnar that completes Erindale skatepark. It’s not famous because it’s easy to skate! Ben Greig had a beautiful flowing golden mullet that was hands down the best. Ben scored a Homer Simpson board for his shredding and his mullet. Cash winners included Ellis Williams schralping it with an ollie down the block three, Brooklyn Beattie with a bigspin on the bank and Ethan Copeland stylin’ it with a backside ollie in the bowl. Jed Whalan and Russell George were manning the BBQ and hooked everyone up with free snags to fill the hole.
Next up was the 15 and overs. With even more crew in the mix it was a sight to behold. Bodies were on the line and collisions imminent with crew running the gauntlet and hitting the long wall from either end! So much went down it’s impossible to mention all of it. MC Rhys Danggers and I had a real challenge sorting out the best tricks. In the end we split them to give as much credit as we could. Thanks to Trilogy skateshop for putting in the cash and prizes. The best trick winners included Mat Rat 5050 on the long rail, Tomo O’Reilly switch bigspin off the three block stairs and Matt Cheney with an ollie up them! Mick Forbes ruled it grinding all the walls proper and came up solid with a rock n roll slide on the bottom steep wall. So much went down on the long brick banked wall, but the stand out tricks in the end were Floyd Scott’s backside hurricane and Todd Baker completing a frontside feeble grind 270 in, how he managed that I’ll never know.
Cons was in his element and brought a stack of old magazines for the younger crew to use as “references.” We awarded him best outfit matched to hardcopy evidence of a Lee Ralph ad in an old mag. Chicco of course was awarded tightest jeans.
Anyone I didn’t mention – you know you shredded and thanks for comin. It’s good to give back to a spot that has given us all so much over the years. Just as the rain came Woody kept trying throughout pack up and made a frontside noseblunt on the wall after pretty much everyone had left. I gave Mick Forbes a lift home and he was bleeding from both knees, elbows and hands. He said “Ya gotta pay ya skin tax when ya come to Erindale.”
- Photos and Blurb: Luke Brown – SbA ACT Hub Manager
14 and UNDER
Ben Greig – Encouragement and best mullet – Homer Simpson board
Ellis Williams – Ollie down the block three
Brooklyn Beattie – Bigspin on the bank
Ethan Copeland – Backside ollie in the bowl
15 and OVER
Todd Baker – FS feeble grind 270 in – long brick wall
Floyd Scott – BS hurricane – long brick wall
Mick Forbes – Rock n Roll Slide – bottom brick wall
Tomo O’Reilly – Switch Bigspin – off the block three
Matt Cheney – Ollie up – block three
Mat Rat – 5050 – Long rail
Cons – overall winner
Chicco – tightest jeans