A couple years back I met Matt and Argent through Dan at a Troika skate event at the warehouse. That same day I met Angelo Ross as well. A few months later Matt hit me up and said, "Hey, Angelo is coming down to Richmond. You should jump in his car and come skate." I really didn't know Angelo or Matt other than that day we skated. So, I said, "OK!" hopped in the car, and the RVA trips began. This is what is so great about skateboarding. Since that first trip, we have gone down there 4 - 5 times. It's such a rad town. We stay at Matt's house, which comes fully equipped with campsite, backyard ramp, fire pit, Red Ryder BB guns, and one hell of a damn sunset over Richmond. Matt has a good crew of homeys down there and they ALL seem to have a ramp or a full skatepark in their backyards. Sonny, Shipyard Hank, and Pat at the Lost Bowl have all welcomed us yinzers with open arms (and beers) to skate. I have skated in many different cities over the years, but there is something about Richmond and the whole vibe down there – I fucking love it.
Back in the beginning of May, 14 of us cruised down to RVA for a long weekend. We set up camp in Connor's backyard and it was on. Camping, Skating, shooting BB guns, heckling each other, and eating great food. Casey Kovach, Steve Althardt, Jacob Brady of Grey Sequence TV, and Jason Lias all documented the trip. I am working on putting together a short edit of all the Richmond trips so far and will post it here on our site. So, keep an eye out for it! In the meantime, here are some photos of all the spots we hit this last trip.
Matt's Backyard Mini Ramp
Matt's ramp may be one of my favorite ramps that I have ever skated, with the exception of Shipyard Hank's ramp. Matt just put pool coping on like a week before we arrived and GotDangIt that made it fun. It wasn't till I skated Matt's ramp that I thought to myself, I too will have a backyard mini one day.
This is where we start out after the early am sesh on Matt's ramp on the first day. This little DIY spot is so much fun. There is a little bit of everything to skate there.
The Lost Bowl is a little piece of heaven.