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

Posted by Rob Meronek on Wednesday, June 28, 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.

We started the day off meeting in a local park where we delivered the last of the personalized invites.
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Alex! Thanks for joining us.
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Alejandro Burnell with the fresh braids done by momma.
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Long time no see for a few.
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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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Trap Nate gearing up to make the video.
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Rylan and John Party ready to hit the streets and yards.
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Eric in the flatground warmup session with a nollie tre.
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Dylan with the 360 flip.
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Ready to roll?
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Off to the Bagel Bowl.
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Alex in the mix.
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10 years ago we were in handcuffs. Today we wait for the crosswalk light.
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Kyle being the greeter at the Bagel Bowl.
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Dylan pivots to fakie on the SHMF.
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Abe with the frontside grind.
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Holly's got a backyard mini-ramp of her own.
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Alex got a feeble to fakie over the taco.
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Vince just moved here from Sacramento, still getting used to the humidity.
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Mike on a fakie smith stall.
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Deck your rock and rolls like Ryan.
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Bradon's got them decked.
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Alex and Scott talking about that crazy coping.
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Alex hopped up and out second try.
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Coss is a long time Tampa local still killing it. Thanks for joining us.
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Now we're at Derek's Iron Skillet where the peanut gallery is up there heckling.
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Brandon on a back smith to fakie.
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We're keeping it dirty with Derek for sure.
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Look at Budget Trap Nate trying to get his old job back.
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There could be a whole separate montage of the slams Ryan took today on this ramp.
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Chaz couldn't be here but I still got a Dog of the Day photo.
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If you're happy and you know it, throw your board.
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Over to the Dream Driveway now where the standard Tampa afternoon thunderstorm coated the place in water.
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We're piled up in the garage while Mike gives us a freestyle demo.
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Ryan's daughter Sloane growing up fast.
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Dinner in the rain.
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Eric, Jack, and Dylan waiting for the dry up.
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Front flips into the pool are a good way to cool down here.
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One handed sweeping with a beer in your hand, that'll get the job done.
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Chillers.
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How to dry your kid off without a towel.
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Body with the flame thrower to get it dry.
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Brandon, Alejandro, and Giancarlo.
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Rylan on a half cab noseslide now that it's finally dried up.
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Tampa Timmy on the Buffalo Skate Truck.
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Brandon kickflipping out of a 5-0.
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Levi on a BSTS up.
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Alejandro on an SSFSTS up.
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Alex sky high with a foot off.
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Alejandro wraps it up with a lien. Thanks to everyone who was part of our day through our neighborhood.
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