Saturday, February 14, 2009

It's Officially "The Fat Pussy Tour"

Photo credit:Ken Forsythe

The Temple of Skate

We took a day and drove about two and half hours to The Tilawa Hotel, to a skatepark we had seen on the Internet. Let me tell you, there is no other place like it, it is amazing. It is in the mountains overlooking lake Aeranol with a volcano in the background. We met the owner of the hotel(JP) and he treated us like we were old friends coming to skate.

The park has been there about seven or eight years, and it came about because JP needed a tutor for his two kids. He hired a lady who's husband was a skater and wanted to build skateparks. JP was an expert with concrete, so the two collaborated and started to build the park by hand with a mixer. It took four years.

This place is UNREAL.
photo credit:Nick Scott

Ken grinding the twelve foot deep bowl, with nice hand poured coping.
photo credit:Nick Scott

Mark in the square bowl.
photo credit:Ken Forsyth

Bean in the flow area. Bean is the cook at the hotel and is from North Carolina. The dude spends his winters at the Tilawa Hotel and his summers at Skatopia. His cousin is Brewce Martin.

He's livin the life!
photo credit:Nick Scott

Bean doing his thing.
video credit:Nick Scott

Friday, February 13, 2009

Day Five

Heading for the close out. Damn I was happy to stand up.
photo credit:Mark Tucker

The waves had been small, and Ken got a hold of a nice one on a big day.
photo credit:Nick Scott

Here are Ken and I with our surf instructors
Flash and Maria. I thought surf lessons were
goofy,I was wrong.
photo credit:Mark Tucker

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Day Four

Ken and Mark took the 6 am surf trip to Avellanas.
They were too busy surfing to take any surf pics, and I was too hung over to go, but Ken did get some pics on the way back.

The locals have some great signs to help out the speeders.
photo credit:Ken Forsyth

There is a great restaurant at Avellanas called Lola's. Here is a pic of the restaurants namesake. She's an 800lb pet pig that roams around the beach and likes to take siestas.
photo credit:Ken Forsyth

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Zipline Tour

We went to this canopy zipline tour and hung our asses off cables over a hundred feet in the air. The decks were held up by old tree limbs and some were mounted in trees 100+ feet in the air, that swayed with the breeze.

There is no way this place would pass US building codes..........and it was a Blast!

First we had to plow through a herd of Brahma bulls on the way.
photo credit:Ken Forsyth

Nick headin downhill.
photo credit:Ken Forsyth

Ken headin downhill.
photo credit:Mark Tucker

The rescue...haha

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

We hit the water Sunday afternoon for high tide, the break in front of WRSC breaks best at high tide. The water has been a little cooler than usual, but not bad, and the jellyfish were out in force.

We then ate some great food at the camp, drank some beers, and went to bed to prepare for the zipline tour the next day.

Iguana welcome wagon

We got back from skating on Sunday and found a local hanging out on our neighbor's door.
photo credit:Nick Scott