Published on Jun 4, 2012
Portland, Oregon, scene of granola eating, bearded, dreadlocked, barefoot hippies, and of course the Zumiez Couch Tour 2012. There is no exception when it comes to the rawness that Portland delivers.
The Zumiez Best Foot Forward contest took a rain delay for a little bit here in Portland. As the black clouds descended on the Couch Tour parking lot, the skaters of the day were eager to rip but would have to quell their inner storms for a while. Tarps were brought out and spread with the quickness, there was no time lost by the Zumiez staff. Getting the course dried up and back in action was swift business. As the contest recommenced, the shredding had no signs of slowing.
Portland has always been known as a center for concrete heavies. The skaters would have to pilot their skills on a slippery and salty surface today. The masonite was doused with pockets of dampness.
Anthony Grant had his eye on the prize and was determined to take the cake. Anthony ripped and shredded all day during the preliminary heats. When it came to the finals, Anthony busted out at the buzzer with a crowd-stopping nollie backside heelflip to back lip fakie down the handrail.
The Plan B team was in full-effect with the likes of PJ Ladd, Paul Rodriguez, Trevor McClung, Felipe Gustavo and Ryan Sheckler taking to the street course. Gustavo came out strong with his own personal brand of tech superbness , killing everything first try. Three sixty flip front nosegrind to 180 out was child's play for him.
Paul Rodriguez was on hand and started out the demo early. Eager to hit the obstacles, P Rod was the only man standing at first and put on a one-man show for the first few minutes. Soon to be joined by the rest of the team, P Rod found his groove and began stomping down trick after trick down the double set and a hefty back noseblunt slide down the gap-to-hubba.
Sheckler was the man of the hour. While Danny Way cleared out a path, Ryan proceeded to kickflip up out of the bank ramp on the street course and into the masses of swooning onlookers. Not satisfied, Ryan headed up to the biggest thing he could find. He began attempting to hardflip off the deck of the massive bank ramp to flat. Brother in arms, P Rod joined him and the crowd was soon privy to a beautifully massive switch flip from over 10 feet off the ground by Rodriguez. Soon after, the Wonderboy's hardflip was stomped with picture-perfect precision.
The bands were ready to take the stage and the teenage masses would mosh and skank their way to a Oregonian heaven. DayTrader and The Classic Crime doled out the sounds of modern day mayhem to the crowd in a huge way.
Always delivering the one-two punch of rawness to the face, Couch Tour was a massive success. This Portland parking lot may never be the same as the harmonious vibes continue to resonate throughout the barefoot granola passing public.