RIPNDIP "Puerto Rico" Photos
Words and Photos: Alex Papke
Straight off the plane we picked up our rental car and made it to our beachside penthouse, which came equipped with two stories of roof access overlooking the ocean. Ideal group photo spot
Shortly after dropping off our bags and meeting up with some locals, we made our way to the first spot of the trip. Can’t go wrong with a bunch of marble ledges, right? Not sure if the locals sleeping at the spot we’re necessarily feeling us or not
Ryan Townley not wasting any time and going straight for this 180 nosegrind from flat
I’ve always loved the way kickflip tailslides look. Add a drop at the end of the ledge and make it a switch flip front tail and we’re really talking! Max Taylor has no problem going the distance with this one
Townley getting his back with a front blunt
Matt Militano soaking up the scenic views of Old San Juan
Ryan Townley has a good eye for spots. Hefty frontside wallride with an enjoyable view
When you speak minimal Spanish, it’s not always easy to figure out when you’re getting the boot. This disgruntled employee posing as security didn’t phase Darien one bit
After circling the block, Ryan Townley was able to do this gap to frontside lipslide first go. Atta boy
And even better, the ice cream man was waiting at our car once Ryan landed his trick. Doesn’t get much better than that!
We hit up a local university but security was on us pretty tight. Max snuck in this frontside boardslide while the rent-a-cops were looking the other way
As soon as we started sizing up this rail, a security guard spotted us and called for back up. Ryan got proactive and jumped on it quick, taking this boardslide to the end and riding away in seconds
As soon as Ryan rode away from his boardslide, we were greeted by dozens of security guards. None of them spoke any English, but their hand gestures said enough. They were nice enough to personally escort us off campus
Funny story about this one: as soon as we rolled up to this spot I immediately got stoked on it for obvious reasons. I saw Matt jumping into 180 nose grinds and knew the photo would look rad. I was excited to get my lights set up and was hurriedly trying to unhook a super-tight bungee cord on my camera bag when the damn thing slipped through my fingers and hit me in my mouth, splitting my front tooth in half. Coincidentally, it was Friday the 13th. I did get set up and got the photo right before getting kicked out, though, so that was kinda lucky
O’Conn getting second angles
Jeff Carlyle taking things seriously with this man-sized no comply
Jeff soaking up the sun while Townley strategically changes behind the garbage can
Townley making kickflip footplants look way easier than they actually are
Max getting his back with a curvy grind transfer
Typical tourist shit
The locals at the park in Augadilla were more than hyped to get a free board
This dude was beyond stoked to get free product. Even an elbow to the face couldn’t stop him
Matt trying to embrace his inner photographer
As soon as we pulled up to this spot, I knew that all of the colors on the building would make the photo look great, however, I didn’t anticipate getting stuck in the rain with all of my equipment. Ryan landed this Smith just as the drops started falling from the sky, as you can see by the water on my fisheye
After a two-hour drive back from the west side of the island, our tipsy tour guide Yariel Melendez had no problem doing this heelflip in the middle of the night. This dude knew every spot on every section of the island. You go, Yari!
Matt, Darien and Jeff enjoy breakfast with a view
Round two at this spot: this time Ryan takes a 180 switch front crook to regular all the way home
One of many smoke breaks.
For our last day, everyone was feeling a bit broke off so we made the executive decision to hike to a swimming spot on the east side of the island
Jeff throwing a backflip off of the high dive somewhere deep in the rain forest. Not a bad way to spend the last day of the trip. Thanks for the good times, Puerto Rico!
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