Quiksilver Canada Tour Blog Day 2
Words & photos by Matt Ramirez
Day two in Montreal had something planned but it was cancelled, so that means we just get to skate and film. Two problems to start off the day—1, Reese is still MIA with a gnarly flu. And 2, Danny’s board is on the Quiksilver bus and the bus is nowhere to be found, or lost, or something. We’re still not sure. We waited in front of the hotel for a couple hours and decided to cab it to the first spot. Here’s a tip for traveling in Montreal: If the hotel calls you a cab, make sure you know exactly how many cabs they called and use them all. The hotel asked for too many cabs twice, and the one cab driver that comes up empty gets mad, really mad.
The first spot is at the top of Montreal. It’s all marble ground, ledges, and stairs and you can see the entire city. It’s also kind of crowded with tourists and the sun bounces of the marble ground into your face. It’s a cool spot, but some of the guys aren’t feelin’ it. Riley gets a couple shots on the ledge and we were over it. Jordan Hoffart and some of the guys wanted to stay at the spot, while a few of us decided to break out to skate around the city.
Back at the hotel, still no bus, and Danny still doesn’t have a board. So, Dario from Canada hooks us up with a zip zinger and we’re off. Skating around Montreal is fun, but it’s also like a real life game of Frogger. The drivers here are sketchy. They drive fast and have no patience for anyone, especially seven guys skating through traffic. Tory Goodall is a new Quiksilver Canada team rider and our guide through the city. He rolled his ankle the day before we showed up so we didn’t get to skate with him. But he’s a good guy and down to spend the day on a bike so we can find some stuff to skate. Leeper and Riley got some shots at the last spot and we were done. Kind of a frustrating day, but there’s good news back at the hotel. The bus finally showed up, Danny has a board, the Laker game is on at 9:00, and Reese Forbes is back on his feet. Tomorrow we have a shop signing and demo at big indoor park. Should be fun.
Bus stop. Omar, Leeper, Danny, and Riley waiting for the bus that never showed up.
We checked out a giant bee in our 2 hour wait. Dgar has new wallpaper for his phone
Spot 1 is on top of Montreal
Guys warmed up by jumping up on the wall
With no board, this as much as Danny was able to do all day
Most guys start off a new spot with a grind, Riley starts off a new spot with a front blunt
Cruising through Montreal can be sketchy, just stay on the bike road and you should be fine
Riley killed time on this little spot while we waiting for our tour guide
Ollie this rail, land on cracked uneven ground, and run into a wall? No one was into it
Found a good spot
Bill Strobeck gets Riley’s line
No offense Montreal, but your ground sucks. Leeper feels out the terrain before getting his shot
Here’s the reason Quiksilver Canada team rider Torrey Goodall is our tour guide