As we sidle through late November and onto the new year, the core group, the A Team if you will of John, Jay, Sean & I has now been expanded to include Harley on a more regular basis. And when it's the turn of winter to cast a shadow over our lives, the word Empire is uttered frequently once we've swiped and tapped our way through the next few days on our chosen weather app on any given Tuesday evening.
Although not holding exclusivity, Wednesday nights are skate night. It's been that way for years. After 3 days of trouble and stress, a session down the local with your bros splits the week nicely. Skating past a time which is conducive for a good Thursday morning or just chilling with the boys and chatting shit for a few.
NOTE: That's not to say there is any rule stating that I can only skate on Wednesdays. All other days are still & will always be potential skate days.
The journey to Empire Skatepark is an enjoyable hour give or take 10 minutes, of hilarity.
Jay always sings a song when he and Sean get in the car. Usually about taking crack. And we head out to Rougham to pick up John in high spirits. Although John wasn't playing so this week the excitement began as soon as the crack song began and we hit the A14 at full steam and headed for Copdock and the A12 to take us to the three swords.
The guys at Empire have recently replaced the top ply on the mini ramp which has made it a much more pleasurable skate and this is reflected by the now quite heavy sessions that have gone down on the ramp in the past weeks. This week was no different.
Later in the evening as I stood on the mini ramp platform, waiting for another run and chatting I noticed some guys dragging a large ledge section on to the driveway in the centre of the park and after a few experimental positions decided on placing the box on the flat top, spanning the grass gap. With all the rails removed from the driveway for an event at the weekend the lines were opened up to get the best out of the ledge.
My skate wasn't bad to start with but after annoying myself with something simple I took a break and went and had a closer look.
John, Dave and Jordan were gradually wearing the angle iron down and just kept raising the bar as Harry joined them before banking some instaclips of the others.
|Jordan Thackeray - f/s smith|
|John Howlett - b/s tail slide (angle 1)|
|John Howlett - f/s nose grind|
|Harry Wilson - f/s nose slide|
|David Davies - f/s blunt slide|
|John Howlett - b/s nose grind|
|John Howlett - b/s lip slide|
|John Howlett - b/s tail slide (angle 2)|
Come down and enjoy the friendly and encouraging atmosphere that is Skate Night every Wednesday at Empire Skatepark in Colchester from 7 until 10.
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