I just got back from Las Vegas, where I was shooting photos with the Diamondback team.I had only met half of the team prior, so it was good to finally meet the rest of the crew. Reuel Erickson busted his hand so he couldn’t ride, but the rest of the guys were busting moves at all the parks and random street spots we stopped at. We hoped to ride trails, but Ricardo Laguna’s neighbor’s sprinkler flooded the beginning of the first straight, which single-handedly shut down all the lines. The following day we stopped by TJ Lavin’s house, but the one section that we intended to shoot was also incapacitated due to a sprinkler malfunction. How ironic; trails shut down in Vegas due to too much water!

Vegas local and Diamond Back’s AA Pro Racer Nate Berkheimer is an all-around shredder, and you don’t have to look any further than this lookback to realize that.  credit: Jeff Zielinski

The day after I got home from Vegas, my lady and I went to see Dinosaur Jr. play at the Troubadour in West Hollywood. I’ve been listening to Dinosaur Jr. for over ten years and I’ve only seen them play twice-both times within the last year. J. Mascis and crew rocked out and they played a bunch of my favorite tracks.

This photo isn’t really blurry; it’s just that they were rocking out so much the entire building was shaking.  credit: Jeff Zielinski

Sean Burns was just in town and he didn’t waste any time, firing out a bunch of serious stuff in Downtown LA, but you won’t hear anything else about that here. I also had the pleasure of enjoying a home screening of his collection of odd video skits he used to make during the winter called Old Gold. Between the outrageous outfits and ridiculous things he would say, it kept me laughing the entire time. If he ever asks you if you want to watch Old Gold, don’t pass up the opportunity.

I’m currently three days in on Red Bull’s Mean Streets II. I’m rolling with the New York team (Vinnie Sammon, Edwin DeLaRosa, and Tyrone Williams), and we just finished the first leg in San Diego-now we’re heading up to LA. Those guys weren’t really feeling the San Diego spots too much, so they spent a lot of time fooling around; we stopped by DC, too. The DC shoe warehouse is the size of a Home Depot, with shelves stacked 15-20 feet high with boxes of shoes. It was really insane-and that’s just the shoe warehouse!

Ah, the perks...Edwin and Tyrone with a bunch of free kicks from DC.  credit: Jeff Zielinski

That’s all I got, peace out homies!