Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Photographs of May 8th

Here are some shots from the 2nd annual skate jam that went down here at Hermann's Hole on May 8th!!

Thanks to Brian "The General" Patton for bringing his Friend Greg Thomas to the Bowl Bash!! Also thanks to Greg Thomas who is not a skateboarder ,or an action photographer.. Greg is more of a creative landscape photographer who grew up here in Hermann, Missouri and now resides in St. Louis City... Great job Mr. Thomas these pictures look RAD!!!
(and there are about 368 more just as good)

Sunday, May 23, 2010



5 MONTHS 2010 INTERSTELLAR REVOLUTIONS from Hermann's Hole on Vimeo.

Contest video in HD coming soon.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Brick Tip!

How to Frontside Crail Slide the Bricks by Kyle Crandall...

"The first thing you gotta do is find some really small wheels, then do 900 tailslides, and forget how to do any other trick...Then for some reason grab the nose with your back hand." Kyle

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Tail Grock?

I was just thinking recently that the Tail Block & Parking Block must be related in some way... Like cousins, or siblings, or better yet... Soul Mates?! I wanted to test this theory but didn't really know where to find the necessary pocket of motivation to push me in the right direction. It was an odd feeling to overcome.. Like as if I was going into some random families tree & trying to reunite two distant relatives who never knew eachother to begin with. Uncomfortable & numb feeling but I went for it anyway.
I was sure this experiment had been done before so please don't get me wrong.. But I just had to see what the possibilities were with my own eyes & feet.
First of all I needed a Parking Block Quarter Pipe.. And secondly having never preformed a Tail Block on any obstacle other than a Flat Bank... I needed to learn how to do Tail Blocks on transitions.
I was in the forest here near Hermann, Missouri & I found a newly poured concrete Quarter Pipe with Parking Block Coping on top.. It had been drying for 6 days & was ready for a treatment of Indy grinders & urethane rollers.. This was my big chance to reunite these two Blocks from different worlds!!

I ran back to the car to get my skateboard & found that my skateboard wasn't there.. I had left it at Kingshighway DIY.... I was totally bummed:(

Its a good thing I collect skateboards, because I always have a few spare whips to ride... It took me a little while just to get warmed up.. Its not easy to push yourself to skate by yourself in the middle of a Vortex!! I tried Tail Blocks for about 45 minutes & it started raining. The best I could get was a Tail Grock!
(Tail Grock is when the back truck & the Tail are both on the coping instead of just the tip of the Tail.. Grind+Block=Grock!!)

Back Side Tail Grock

The Parking Block didn't seem to react to the Tail Grock,, Maybe because the Parking Block is Block & not a Parking Grock?? But where would I find a Parking Grock?? Well anyway it was the fault of the precipitation & my own lack of swift skill combined.. The Block testing ended up inconclusive. I got no answers!
Although the Parking Block did seem to light up whenever I Front Side Tail Grocked off into the rollin. (Maybe that was just me having too much fun at work)

After a small rest I decided I needed to practice the Tail Block so that next time I would not fail at bringing these Blocks together.. So I cleaned out the Skate Barn & preformed a few more Tail Grocks!!

I still have not landed a real Tail Block... Maybe next time I should try a Fin Cut or a Fish Tail shaped deck.. Tail Blocks are hard to do!!
photos, skateboarding & text by JP

Saturday, May 15, 2010


Since the skate jam last week its been raining here in Middle Missouri.... Yesterday was the first chance we had to get back out to the Hole and do some work!! We showed up & there was evidence that wild animals had been nosing through the trash that a few campers had left behind... We found a live opossum in a garbage can who was very happy to be let free.

footings for the future

new born baby parking block quarter pipe

there are a few skateables over that concrete mountain

new lines available now

weather.com said no.... we said go

chutes & ladders made from leftovers

skatebarn looking tough

Thanks to the workers for thrashing again and again.

As Ice Cube would say.... "It was a good day"


The black decks are created by Zarosh Eggelston of Platipuss Skateboards from Monterey, California.. The orange decks are created by Brian Werner of Deaf Skateboards from right here in Saint Louis, Missouri.. Brian Werner also handles all the technical side of the Hermann's Hole Graphics.. Zarosh designed the top graphic for the black decks & hand picked the unique bowl/street cuts. A huge Hermann's Hole Thanks to those two artists!!

We have short & long sleeve shirts in almost any color you can imagine.

Decks can come in nearly any shape or size, and are going fast!!! CONTACT: hermannshole@yahoo.com for information.


Wednesday, May 12, 2010

2nd annual bowl jam & 1st best trick contest!!!

1 week ago today was the 2nd annual Birthday party for the Nucleus of Hermann's Hole & it was awesome!! All together there were at least 100 people in attendance... Skaters from all parts of the country traveled to Missouri for this epic skate session!!

Zubin Eggleston outta Seattle Diego, Caliwashington with a backside smith in the shallow of the Nucleus.

Manny Maire with a blunt grabber to fakes!!

Brandor the breakfast chef.

Good morning campers!

Jefferson City's 9 year old prodigy skater Manny Maire was jumping into the bowl with no parachute every chance he got!!

Scotty Laird winning best trick of the day with a 50-50 smasher on the top rope 270 out into the Piano key pocket!! (he also landed about 25 other sick tricks on each piece on concrete in the yard)

For the BIG BOWL contest....
1ST PLACE: SOUP for deep end roll ins, death box grinds, style points, and mucho contribution.
2ND PLACE: MANNY MAIRE the ripper outta Jeff City with an acid drop into the 8ft deep end, and loads of other crazy moves most 9 year old kids wouldn't ever even try.
3RD PLACE: ZUBIN EGGLESTON was shredding all the walls the way a pool should be skated!!
WORST/BEST SLAM: BRIAN(THE GENERAL)PATTON for a backside tail block on the death box.. GOOD TRY SIR!!
Michelle Buck of SHOW ME POOLS was given a prize for being the only female to ever drop in, front side grind the deep end, and more importantly designing the bowl in the beginning... Thanks again!!

For the Mini-flow-Bowl.....
1ST PLACE: SCOTTY LAIRD with a oversized bag of tricks. Y'all who weren't there are gonna have to wait for the video post.
2ND PLACE: MANNY MAIRE the 9 year old ripper again with a backside 360 on the hip, and any time blunts!!
3RD PLACE: LANCE ROTHENBERGER of Columbia, Mo. popping a neck high front side flip on the hip from outta no where!
We also gave a prize to Nate Henderson of O'Fallon, Missouri for "Most Technical Trick" .. He blasted a popshuv late kickflip on the tranny bank smooth like butta.. That was sick NATE!!!

There was a special guest appearance by Glenn & Kevin Stallings of Belleville, Illinois..... A load the "Belleville Boyz" showed up to shred!! Thanks to the Stallings Brothers for dragging the young guns out to Missouri!!!

A huge Hermann's Hole THANK YOU to all who came out & helped out!!