Grind for Life Series at New Smyrna Beach, Florida: Video, Photos, and Recap

I've got some photos and HiDefJoe has the video. The skateboarding at last weekend's New Smyrna Beach stop of the GFL Series was all over the spectrum of different types and ages of skateboarding as usual, but this time, the bowl portion was most memorable. The street course there is not the best in the world, but just as skateboarders do, you make the best of what you've got. There were parent/child combos, toddlers, teens, girls, grown ass men, and extra grown 50+ men all ripping all day. Thanks to everyone that made it out to another one.

Grind for Life Series at New Smyrna Beach, Florida: Video, Photos, and Recap

Posted by Rob Meronek 8 years ago on April 1st, 2014

I've got some photos and HiDefJoe has the video. The skateboarding at last weekend's New Smyrna Beach stop of the GFL Series was all over the spectrum of different types and ages of skateboarding as usual, but this time, the bowl portion was most memorable. The street course there is not the best in the world, but just as skateboarders do, you make the best of what you've got. There were parent/child combos, toddlers, teens, girls, grown ass men, and extra grown 50+ men all ripping all day. Thanks to everyone that made it out to another one and to our sponsors for helping us make the event happen: Grind for Life, AYC, MovieTickets.com, Z-Flex, Zumiez, Red Bull, Indy and all the other support you see at TheBoardr.com/GFL.

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Direct links to all the images in this set are below.


Howie Gordon Flamingo Skateboarding Trick
Howie Gordon Photo

What is this circus act called again? The flamingo, right? Howie Gordon was at Woodward recently and shooting photos, probably throwing this move down on every bank. Thanks Woodward, another backer of the GFL series.

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Dillon McGregor Finger Flip Lein to Tail
Dillon McGregor Photo

Any time you see a finger flip lein to tail in a street contest, you know the course is not your modern traditional street setup. Dillon McGregor has an evil one for you.

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Omar Delgado Two Handed Boneless
Omar Delgado Photo

Omar Delgado making his son proud with a two handed boneless to second place in the old guy Street Division. There were five dudes over the age of 40 in the 30 and Up Street Contest. You do not have age as an excuse to not be out here with us having a good time at a friendly competition like this.

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Tary Valle Frontside 360 Flyout
Tary Valle Photo

When you get old, you start acting like a kid again. That applies to skateboarding, too. Tary Valle takes the kid favorite flyout to frontside 360. He runs the park here and hooked us up with use of the place and hijacking of his electricity. Thanks Tary!

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Miles McKinney Boneless at New Smyrna
Miles McKinney Photo

Miles McKinney has a booster on a real popular move this weekend.

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How Little Kids Get out of the Bowl
Tyler Loftus Photo

Now that I have a kid, things like this are straight up OMG cute overdose for me. I even shot a sequence of it! This is Tyler Loftus with help from pops on getting out of the bowl in the 9 and Under Division.

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Dalton Williams Acid Drop
Dalton Williams Photo

Dalton Williams makes his grand entrance into the bowl during his run with an acid drop straight to the flat.

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Mark Buncy Layback Air
Mark Buncy Photo

Mark Buncy's got the classic old guy in the bowl stunt, the layback air.

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Nick Wallace Varial Flip Indy
Nick Wallace Photo

When the Bowl Sponsored Division started, the level of skating quickly went through the roof. Nick Wallace came in hot with a varial flip Indy.

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Nick Wallace Bluntslide in the Deep End
Nick Wallace Photo

Wow, Nick Wallace also has the Chris Miller in his run, the bluntslide in the deep end.

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Drew Hoffman Rollin Smith Grind in the Deep End
Drew Hoffman Photo

Check the sequence to see how long Drew Hoffman's crazy roll-in smith grind is.

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Jake Ilardi Body Varial 540
Jake Ilardi Photo

Jake Illardi takes the 540 up a notch with a body varial in there.

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Nick Wallace Eggplant
Nick Wallace Photo

Nick Wallace has more grown man moves with this eggplant.

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Tyler Coffman Backside Nosegrind
Tyler Coffman Photo

Tyler Coffman's scary backside nosegrind in the deep end shut it down for the Bowl Sponsored Division.

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Daytona Beach Tourism Airbrush Shirts

We stayed the night before the Contest in Daytona Beach and got a taste of this classic Florida town's beach culture.

Daytona Beach Scotty Conley Porpe
Scotty Conley aka The Body Photo

Body's here to announce. Porpe is in Austin at another event, but we found him in spirit on these skatable dolphins in downtown Daytona.

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GFL Banner Duty New Smyrna Beach

Early morning on the day of the Contest, we're setting up banners and getting eaten alive for breakfast by the no-see-ems that live in those woods back there. Thanks again to these and all the other sponsors that back the GFL Series.

Danny Duncan Stretches Jereme Knibbs
Danny Duncan Photo

Even if you're just judging like Jereme Knibbs here, you can use a stretch from Danny to keep you loose for the day. Thanks Danny for hooking it up all day for everyone.

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HiDefJoe at New Smyrna GFL Series
Joe Pelham aka HiDefJoe Photo

HiDefJoe is on it for the day, slightly confused about which bonelesses to put in the video.

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Tyler Kirshenbaum Boardslide New Smyrna
Tyler Kirshenbaum Photo

Tyler Kirshenbaum - boardslide in the tykes category.

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GFL New Smyrna Staff
Jereme Knibbs Photo

Clem and Body are on the mic while Justin, Aaron, and Jereme are on numbers duty with judging.

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Rawganika at New Smyrna

Chris was serving up healthy mixtures of real food all day with his new venture, Rawganika.

AYC Shirts at New Smyrna

Hyped on those AYC shirts.

Gear Check with Nate Ilardi at New Smyrna

Pause for a gear check with Nate Ilardi. Check out his footage of his brother Jake here.

Frosty at New Smyrna
Jason Fintel aka Frosty Photo

Our long lost former co-worker Frosty is a Daytona local now.

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9 and Under Street Divsion Winners at New Smyrna

9 and Under Street Division winners.

9 and Under Parents at New Smyrna

The other side of the 9 and Under winners photo is proud parents documenting their kids.

10 to 12 Street Division Winners at New Smyrna

10 to 12 Street Division winners.

13 to 15 Street Division Winners at New Smyrna

13 to 15 Street Division winners.

Z-Flex Always Radical Award at New Smyrna
Ashtin Jarvis Photo

Ashtin Jarvis got the Z-Flex Always Radical Award for this stop.

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Girls Street Division at New Smyrna

There were 10 girls in the Street Division.

Nick Wallace Frontside Ollie at New Smyrna
Nick Wallace Photo

Nick Wallace floats a nice frontside ollie on the 'street' course that's real friendly towards ATV's like Nick.

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16 to 29 Division Winners at New Smyrna

16 to 29 Division winners.

30 and Up Division Winners at New Smyrna

Most of the dudes in the 30 and Up Division were well into their 40's.

Street Sponsored Division Winners at New Smyrna

Street Sponsored Division winners.

Skateboarding Babysitters at New Smyrna
Dalton Williams Photo

These ladies are here babysitting for Dalton Williams and ended up hanging out all day watching the Contest. I hope your babysitter brings you to the good stuff like skateboard contests instead of the boring zoo or park.

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The Crowd at New Smyrna

Thanks to everyone who came to this stop of the GFL Series. What a great crowd and session for the Bowl Divisions.

Airing Out Pads at New Smyrna

Air out your dirty skateboard laundry here.

Street Course at New Smyrna

On the left side is the bowl and on the right side is 'street.'

Tary Valle Frontside Air at New Smyrna
Tary Valle Photo

Tary ripped in the Bowl division, too.

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The Greek at New Smyrna
Jimmy Marcus aka The Greek Photo

Thanks for coming to both GFL events so far this year, Jimmy.

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I Can Still Ollie at New Smyrna
Tony Walsh Photo

Tony Walsh is quoted as saying, 'Bitch, I can still ollie' in a conversation about his street skills. He's killing it in the bowl.

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Howard Montaque at New Smyrna

I used to skate with Howard Montaque over 20 years ago when I first moved to Florida.

Bottle Cap Bushing Base
Justin Cruce Photo

Show your dedication to the sauce with this bottle cap bushing cup idea courtesy of Baby Naps.

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Photos Plus GoPro Documentation

Where can we find this guy's coverage? Double duty documentation.

Jereme Knibbs Needs Babysitting
Jereme Knibbs Photo

Jereme Knibbs is trying to sign up for some babysitting.

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Saran Wraps in the Deep End

We were seeing Saran Wrap's in the deep end in the Bowl Sponsored Division. It was nuts how the level of skating jumped as soon as it started.

New Smyrna Beach Locals

It's looking very New Smyran Beach under The Boardr tent right now.

Cullen and the Red Bull Bull in a China Shop Award

Cullen from Red Bull gives out a crisp Benjamin with the Bull in a China Shop Award at each stop.

9 and Under Bowl Division Winners New Smyrna

9 and Under Bowl Division winners.

Delgado Father and Son Team New Smyrna
Omar Delgado Photo

The Delgado father and son team each ripped in their own divisions.

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10 to 12 Bowl Division Winners New Smyrna

10 to 12 Bowl Division winners.

Bowl Intermediate Winners New Smyrna

Bowl Intermediate winners.

Girl Division Winners New Smyrna

The girls shredded the Bowl Division, too.

Dave and Emily Headson Father Daughter Skateboarding Team
Dave Headson Photo

Dave and Emily Headson are the father and daughter skateboard team that are both ripping in their own divisions.

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Bowl Masters Division New Smyrna

Bowl Masters Division winners.

Bowl Grand Masters Division New Smyrna

The Bowl Grandmasters Division dudes are all straight up Centrum Silver at 50+ years old. I'll say it again: skateboarding is the fountain of youth.

Pat Dewitte Bull in a China Shop Award New Smyrna
Pat Dewitte Photo

Pat Dewitte took the Bull in a China Shop Award at this stop.

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Bowl Sponsored Division New Smyrna

Bowl Sponsored Division winners.

The Board Wall at New Smyrna

The board wall in the shop that Tary's running here.

The Shop at New Smyrna

Classic skateboard furniture in the shop.

The Shop Shoes at New Smyrna

Oh they have Nike SB here. We should probably get those in sometime soon, you think? Thanks Nike SB for backing the GFL Series, too.

After-Party at New Smyrna

The after-party at this type of event is on the tailgate in the parking lot surrounding a bangin' bowl of Will Cox's salsa. We're hitting the road to get back to Tampa after this. Thanks everyone for coming through on another GFL stop.

Brandon Delgado Boneless
Brandon Delgado Photo

Brandon's father is passing down the boneless ways and style to him. Not bad boost for a 7-year-old. Now that I have a kid, I tend to take a lot more photos and sequences of these tykes.

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Tyler Kirshenbaum Varial Heel
Tyler Kirshenbaum Photo

Tyler Kirshenbaum's varial heel at just 8-years-old puts him in first place for the 9 and Under Street division. Crazy how little kids these days have some of the hardest flip tricks. Tyler will grow into his and be doing them like a grown man soon.

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Adam Tyler Backside Smith
Adam Tyler Photo

Adam Tyler won the Street 13 to 15 Division with nicely dipped back Smiths like this one here.

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Ryan Sullivan Casper Flip
Ryan Sullivan Photo

I think YouTube has more influence on kids' trick selection these days than the pros in skateboarding. Ryan Sullivan probably discovered the casper flip that way.

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Grace Marhoeffer Texas Plant
Grace Marhoefer Photo

Grace Marhoeffer is just 10-years-old and doing a trick generally known to be only in the bag of 50+ year old men. All the streams in skateboarding are crossing over and it's pretty amazing to watch. It was also nice to see 10 or more girls out there skating all day.

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