Troy Sliter sent in some pictures from a recent road trip he took to New Mexico. I’ve never skated there, have you? I like the look of that ditch, that’s for sure.
Road Trip to Albuquerque, New Mexico
Troy Sliter’s pictures from a 2007 trip to New Mexico with a little bit of a skateboarding detour. Click to enlarge. Slide show with video footage at the bottom.
Here are some pics from my trip to Albuquerque. When I had breaks from taking care of my mom, I hooked up with Nick and skated 3 parks and a ditch. Albuquerque is super dry, flat, hotÂ and high altitude. The high altitude sure does make a 40+ yr old tired quickly. Certainly a variety of parks and demographics. Supposedly there are some private ramps and bowls in the outskirts.
Brand new pristine park at a community center designed by Artifex. Street area had SW theme much like a plaza. Bowls are super smooth with steel coping, a 12-13′ vert corner pocket with graniteÂ coping. Landscapers used small rocks everywhere (duh!). No crowds in the big bowl, youngsters in the street area. I heard the older crowd shows up in the early am (Mark?) One of the straight walls wasn’t straight but had a very slight barely noticeable hip which made it interesting (I shoulda taken a pic). Lights, but not very good in the deep areas.
Calvary Skatepark is a gated area at a church/community Center, with hours and monitored helmets. Site Design, I think. There is a midsized bowl with vert areas against the back wall. This park has lots of flow with a spine and rollout/rolling opportunities everywhere. Crowd was relatively clean cutÂ kidsÂ ripping it pretty well.
Los Altos Skatepark
Los Altos is a big Site Design park with huge street area. Concrete was rough and bumpy, coping is small diameter metal. Crowd was ghetto kids. Go Skateboarding event with bands and game of SKATE contest.
This was one of many ditches of many shapes and sizes in ABQ. You could ride them for miles. Man, I forgot how hard it is to actually do tricks in ditches. It was pretty rough so a simple fall could be super painful, ask Nick’s knees.