Independent's "Sloshin' Around the Northwest" Article
The two Indy trips started in the Bay area and headed up the I-5 freeway. It’s got some of the best terrain to hit between Northern California and Seattle—plenty of epic concrete parks, street spots, DIYs, wilderness and lots of clean air. The first day of rain we were thinking about what to do until it let up, but Gravette just says, “Fuck it, let’s go slosh around.” So that’s what we did, just sloshed around the Northwest!
Right outta the gate, Roman Pabich takes it to the streets with a shove in Newark, CA
With the trip officially sparked, Kirby hops in with a backside 360 nosegrab
Probably the only grad pic with an eggplant photo bomb. Roman Pabich sinks one at Sunnyvale's skatepark
Walkin' on sunshine, Roman finesses the fence with a boneless
Over, across and down from the extension, Cedric yanks a heater off the wall
Before the ankle roll, Pedro threw this proper eggplant at Treasure Island DIY
Technically it's only a four stair, but not technically, it's massive. Jaws catches a kickflip to start his leg of the trip
Scenic stop right off the I-5 for Cookie to get this feeble with a snow-capped Mt. Shasta in the background. Two views in one photo
Eugene, Oregon, is always a good stop to break up the drive. Taylor Kirby cures the carthritis with a tall front board
Stepping off the curved terraine, Roman goes rogue on a lengthy Smith
If the little bro's chompin', you know Cedric's close behind with a mean feeble
The Brothers Pabich!
Not only does Henry Gartland grind kinkers, he slides 'em too. Roseburg, OR, gets a taste
Breakfast of champions
The good Lord kept Cookie safe from the sack while Smithing this hellacious rail at a house of worship
Sugar-coated feeble down too many to count
While Roman catches a concrete nap...
…Ced flings a fine fingerflip lien to tail at Myrtle Creek
Shawn Hale 360 naps (nosetaps) on the side of a circle. Dude must like geometry—or maybe he's just really fucking good
Coming from the crusty street ain't easy, but Henry rips a kickflip back tail regardless
Kirby claims victory after a heavy battle for this gap to Smith grind. Not all soldiers wear camo
You can't hit Tigard and not get a dino move. Roman opts for an on-brand kickflip Indy
Jaws finds the first spot that meets his minimum stair count for a frontside 180
Roman throws a front feeble over Hubbard. Monk would be hyped
Like clockwork, Ced backs up his brother. Back tail over the empty space
Clive kickflips over the rail into the rough stuff
“Oh my God, are you Jaws?!”
Sailors gonna sail. Jaws feels the breeze before another sidewalk splat
He's not all hangtime. Aaron also steps to steep rails right after fence-high flights
Clive sets a high mark with a wallride nose press
Much respect to the work that went into this spot. Kowalski tail blocks the top rope
Jaws will skate anything, as long as it's at least ten feet tall
No cross-pinch for Clive, just pure 50-50 commitment in downtown Seattle
Rainy day switch 270 front board. A good session for Zack's board and brain
Must-haves in the Northwest—kitty litter and a blow torch
Henry and Gavin dry up the spot
The kitty litter and torch combo did the trick and so did Henry. Backside overcrook
Always lookin' for ways to stay above the fray, Gravette makes it happen with a blunt to fakie in the dish at Long Acres DIY
Soaking cracks meant he had to use signs instead of Bondo for this quick ollie up, kinky 50-50 down
Not quite Mountain Bike Dave
Dry 'crete and sweaty pants, Cookie trades one moisture for another getting this backside nosegrind at Marginal Way
Zack waves goodbye to a soon-to-be-extinct obstacle
In other news, Cookie catches a bigspin off a Smith at the Seattle Central College
Nothing gets in between the Pabich bros, except maybe a dual-toned Kirby
Can’t keep Jaws off the roofs. Luckily, the dog doesn't seem to mind his shingle-shaking melon 180 move at Dope Planet
Sad to see Jaws have to leave a few days early. He blew out his knee on some heavy Seattle real estate. Cedric's shoes followed suit
On our drive back south, Clive capped the trip off right with this ollie into a mountain! See you on the next expedition
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