#SHMF for Go Skateboarding Day: A Growing Backyard Scene with Family and Friends in Tampa

This year on Go Skateboarding Day, we decided to make a day tour of a few of these spots. When was the last time you went to three backyard spots in one afternoon all within skating distance? That was our day.

#SHMF for Go Skateboarding Day: A Growing Backyard Scene with Family and Friends in Tampa

Posted by Rob Meronek 5 years ago on June 3rd, 2017

Just north of downtown Tampa is an old neighborhood called Seminole Heights with a decorated history of classic Florida flavor, both the good parts and bad parts. The bad being your standard shady characters mixed with everything that comes with that scene. Over the years, the good parts have started to become great, and more and more people around that age where you really start to become an adult are moving to the Heights. That has attracted families along with new restaurants, bars, and other businesses adding to the style and history here, which makes it extra special among Tampa residents.

First in the ‘hood among our crew was Ryan Clements, who started with a bit of concrete in his long driveway, adding enough things over the years where it eventually became referred to as the Dream Driveway. When several other friends began buying homes in the area, the backyard skate scene really began to brew.

This year on Go Skateboarding Day, we decided to make a day tour of a few of these spots. When was the last time you went to three backyard spots in one afternoon all within skating distance? That was our day.

We sent the invite to 40 of our inner circle of friends, from older people with jobs, families, and mortgages, to kids in the full skate-rat phase of their skate life. We also included Alex Sorgente, who flew in to join us and step up the level of skating. What an afternoon of casual cruising, ripping skating, and wrapping up at Ryan’s driveway after drying up the usual Florida afternoon stormwater.

Thanks to Scott at the Bagel Bowl, Derek at the Iron Skillet, and Ryan at the Dream Driveway for opening up their homes. We’ve got some photos and video to tell the story of our day and our neighborhood we refer to as SHMF.

SHMF Go Skateboarding Day - Invites
Mike Rogers Photo

We started the day off meeting in a local park where we delivered the last of the personalized invites.

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SHMF Go Skateboarding Day - Alex and Mike
Alex Sorgente Photo

Alex! Thanks for joining us.

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SHMF Go Skateboarding Day - Mama Braid Ya Hair
Alejandro Burnell Photo

Alejandro Burnell with the fresh braids done by momma.

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SHMF Go Skateboarding Day - Greetings
Jorge Angel aka Porpe Photo

Long time no see for a few.

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SHMF Go Skateboarding Day - CA Transplant
Jack Loktu Photo

Jack is one of the more recent Tampa to California transplants, continuing a near three decade trend among skaters in Tampa.

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SHMF Go Skateboarding Day - Gear Up
Nate Ilardi aka Trap Nate Photo

Trap Nate gearing up to make the video.

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SHMF Go Skateboarding Day - Rylan and John Party
John Paul Grebe aka John Party Photo

Rylan and John Party ready to hit the streets and yards.

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SHMF Go Skateboarding Day - Nollie Tre
Eric McKenney Photo

Eric in the flatground warmup session with a nollie tre.

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SHMF Go Skateboarding Day - Dylan 360 Flip
Dylan Perry Photo

Dylan with the 360 flip.

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SHMF Go Skateboarding Day - Leading the Charge
Ryan Clements Photo

Off to the Bagel Bowl.

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SHMF Go Skateboarding Day - In the Mix
Alex Sorgente Photo

Alex in the mix.

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SHMF Go Skateboarding Day - Crosswalks
Ryan Clements Photo

10 years ago we were in handcuffs. Today we wait for the crosswalk light.

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SHMF Go Skateboarding Day - Greeter
Kyle Randall Photo

Kyle being the greeter at the Bagel Bowl.

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SHMF Go Skateboarding Day - Pivot Fakie
Dylan Perry Photo

Dylan pivots to fakie on the SHMF.

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SHMF Go Skateboarding Day - Frontside Grind

Abe with the frontside grind.

SHMF Go Skateboarding Day - Holly
Holly Ryan Photo

Holly's got a backyard mini-ramp of her own.

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SHMF Go Skateboarding Day - Feeble
Alex Sorgente Photo

Alex got a feeble to fakie over the taco.

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SHMF Go Skateboarding Day - Humid
Vince Kenney Photo

Vince just moved here from Sacramento, still getting used to the humidity.

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SHMF Go Skateboarding Day - Fakie Smith
Mike Rogers Photo

Mike on a fakie smith stall.

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SHMF Go Skateboarding Day - Decked
Ryan Clements Photo

Deck your rock and rolls like Ryan.

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SHMF Go Skateboarding Day - Brandon Decked
Brandon Starr Photo

Bradon's got them decked.

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SHMF Go Skateboarding Day - Alex and Scott
Scott Bentley Photo

Alex and Scott talking about that crazy coping.

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SHMF Go Skateboarding Day - Alex Tail Stall
Alex Sorgente Photo

Alex hopped up and out second try.

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SHMF Go Skateboarding Day - Coss
Kevin Coss Photo

Coss is a long time Tampa local still killing it. Thanks for joining us.

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SHMF Go Skateboarding Day - Beamer to Fakie

Now we're at Derek's Iron Skillet where the peanut gallery is up there heckling.

SHMF Go Skateboarding Day - Back Smith to Fakie
Brandon Knowles Photo

Brandon on a back smith to fakie.

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SHMF Go Skateboarding Day - Derek Keeps it Dirty

We're keeping it dirty with Derek for sure.

SHMF Go Skateboarding Day - Budget Nate
Joe Pelham aka HiDefJoe Photo

Look at Budget Trap Nate trying to get his old job back.

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SHMF Go Skateboarding Day - Back D
Ryan Clements Photo

There could be a whole separate montage of the slams Ryan took today on this ramp.

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SHMF Go Skateboarding Day - Dog of the Day
Dog of the Day Photo

Chaz couldn't be here but I still got a Dog of the Day photo.

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SHMF Go Skateboarding Day - Jorge and Dylan
Jorge Angel aka Porpe Photo

If you're happy and you know it, throw your board.

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SHMF Go Skateboarding Day - Tampa Afternoon Rain

Over to the Dream Driveway now where the standard Tampa afternoon thunderstorm coated the place in water.

SHMF Go Skateboarding Day - Freestyle Demo
Mike Rogers Photo

We're piled up in the garage while Mike gives us a freestyle demo.

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SHMF Go Skateboarding Day - Sloane Clements
Sloane Clements Photo

Ryan's daughter Sloane growing up fast.

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SHMF Go Skateboarding Day - Dinner in the Rain
Ryan Clements Photo

Dinner in the rain.

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SHMF Go Skateboarding Day - Eric, Jack, Dylan
Dylan Perry Photo

Eric, Jack, and Dylan waiting for the dry up.

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SHMF Go Skateboarding Day - The Pool

Front flips into the pool are a good way to cool down here.

SHMF Go Skateboarding Day - One Handed Sweeper
Joe Pelham aka HiDefJoe Photo

One handed sweeping with a beer in your hand, that'll get the job done.

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SHMF Go Skateboarding Day - Leaf Blower
Ryan Clements Photo

How to dry your kid off without a towel.

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SHMF Go Skateboarding Day - Flame Thrower
Scotty Conley aka The Body Photo

Body with the flame thrower to get it dry.

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SHMF Go Skateboarding Day - Brandon, Alejandro, Giancarlo
Giancarlo Scalise Photo

Brandon, Alejandro, and Giancarlo.

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SHMF Go Skateboarding Day - Half Cab Noseslide

Rylan on a half cab noseslide now that it's finally dried up.

SHMF Go Skateboarding Day - Tampa Timmy

Tampa Timmy on the Buffalo Skate Truck.

SHMF Go Skateboarding Day - Flick Out
Brandon Knowles Photo

Brandon kickflipping out of a 5-0.

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SHMF Go Skateboarding Day - Back Tail
Levi Combs Photo

Levi on a BSTS up.

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SHMF Go Skateboarding Day - FSTS
Alejandro Burnell Photo

Alejandro on an SSFSTS up.

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SHMF Go Skateboarding Day - One Foot
Alex Sorgente Photo

Alex sky high with a foot off.

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SHMF Go Skateboarding Day - Lein
Alejandro Burnell Photo

Alejandro wraps it up with a lien. Thanks to everyone who was part of our day through our neighborhood.

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