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.Profile: Mike Rogers
Alex! Thanks for joining us.Profile: Alex Sorgente
Alejandro Burnell with the fresh braids done by momma.Profile: Alejandro Burnell
Long time no see for a few.Profile: Jorge Angel aka Porpe
Jack is one of the more recent Tampa to California transplants, continuing a near three decade trend among skaters in Tampa.Profile: Jack Loktu
Trap Nate gearing up to make the video.Profile: Nate Ilardi aka Trap Nate
Rylan and John Party ready to hit the streets and yards.Profile: John Paul Grebe aka John Party
Eric in the flatground warmup session with a nollie tre.Profile: Eric McKenney
Dylan with the 360 flip.Profile: Dylan Perry
Ready to roll?Profile: Ryan Clements
Off to the Bagel Bowl.Profile: Ryan Clements
Alex in the mix.Profile: Alex Sorgente
10 years ago we were in handcuffs. Today we wait for the crosswalk light.Profile: Ryan Clements
Kyle being the greeter at the Bagel Bowl.Profile: Kyle Randall
Dylan pivots to fakie on the SHMF.Profile: Dylan Perry
Holly's got a backyard mini-ramp of her own.Profile: Holly Ryan
Alex got a feeble to fakie over the taco.Profile: Alex Sorgente
Vince just moved here from Sacramento, still getting used to the humidity.Profile: Vince Kenney
Mike on a fakie smith stall.Profile: Mike Rogers
Deck your rock and rolls like Ryan.Profile: Ryan Clements
Bradon's got them decked.Profile: Brandon Starr
Alex and Scott talking about that crazy coping.Profile: Scott Bentley
Alex hopped up and out second try.Profile: Alex Sorgente
Coss is a long time Tampa local still killing it. Thanks for joining us.Profile: Kevin Coss
Brandon on a back smith to fakie.Profile: Brandon Knowles
Look at Budget Trap Nate trying to get his old job back.Profile: Joe Pelham aka HiDefJoe
There could be a whole separate montage of the slams Ryan took today on this ramp.Profile: Ryan Clements
Chaz couldn't be here but I still got a Dog of the Day photo.Profile: Dog of the Day
If you're happy and you know it, throw your board.Profile: Jorge Angel aka Porpe
We're piled up in the garage while Mike gives us a freestyle demo.Profile: Mike Rogers
Ryan's daughter Sloane growing up fast.Profile: Sloane Clements
Dinner in the rain.Profile: Ryan Clements
Eric, Jack, and Dylan waiting for the dry up.Profile: Dylan Perry
One handed sweeping with a beer in your hand, that'll get the job done.Profile: Joe Pelham aka HiDefJoe
Chillers.Profile: Kyle Randall
How to dry your kid off without a towel.Profile: Ryan Clements
Body with the flame thrower to get it dry.Profile: Scotty Conley aka The Body
Brandon, Alejandro, and Giancarlo.Profile: Giancarlo Scalise
Brandon kickflipping out of a 5-0.Profile: Brandon Knowles
Levi on a BSTS up.Profile: Levi Combs
Alejandro on an SSFSTS up.Profile: Alejandro Burnell
Alex sky high with a foot off.Profile: Alex Sorgente
Alejandro wraps it up with a lien. Thanks to everyone who was part of our day through our neighborhood.Profile: Alejandro Burnell
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