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Triple Ollie Big 3 at the abandoned school (screenshot)

Back in late September 2014, the rated gnaR crew (Casey Schultz, Ryan Cambage, and myself) did some hanging out, skating, and filming in Philadelphia, PA. Casey was competing in the U.S. Freestyle Skateboarding Championship held at Paine’s Skatepark so we ventured down to meet Ryan and have a good time. Casey won 1st place in the amateur division back in 2011, and after a really solid first run, took the gold that year (2014) as well.

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Casey Ray Schultz taking 1st place in the Amateur division (photo by Chris Brown)

I finally got around to uploading a short recap of the competition featuring Casey’s runs as well as runs and clips from other amateurs and professionals. Some competitors even came from outside the U.S. like Canada, Sweden, and Germany. There were some insane lines and tricks thrown down, and the video doesn’t even cover half of it, but it’s a cool watch.

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Derek Elliot’s one-handed television stand attempt for best trick (screenshot)


After the comp we hit the streets of Philly and visited FDR park (which is so insanely gnarly you have to witness it in person to realize how hard it is to skate), a DIY skate spot under a bridge somewhere, and an abandoned school (now torn down I believe). With the help of Rebecca Getman (Casey’s girlfriend  who came along for the trip) we filmed some clips using our phones and I (finally) put together a video of that skate experience as well.

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Casey “threading the needle” with a broken basketball hoop on this long 2 set at the school (screenshot)

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Chris Ollie Big 3 at the school (Photo by Ryan Cambage)

Here is this year’s Summer Session with Casey Ray Schultz.

These sessions/ videos have seem to become a tradition since Casey has been away in California with the Marines. When he comes to visit in June we try to skate a lot and bra a little footage. It started with Casey’s Summer Session 2010, Continued with June Session 2011 (a part with not only Casey but Ryan Cambage and myself) and continues with year with more tricks and shenanigans this year, and hopefully next year as well and who knows.

This 2 day part consists of riding around Saratoga Springs, NY, of course, hitting up some very familiar and classic spots, and also visiting Lake George for the last day of Americade. We first did an Americade film and skate session in The Skate Movie (the first skate movie we did directed by Nicholas Blair) and although we hardly ever go it seems like a loose tradition as well haha. Anyway it’s good because there is a ton of people and motorcycles to distract police so we can skate forbidden areas.

We hung out and skated more so than really filmed a bunch but in the end made out with just about 6 minutes of worthy footage for the video, which got trimmed a bunch and with the song turned into a solid 3 1/2 minute video. Somehow I was inspired yo sue an Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti song. I remember hearing “Bright Lit Blue Sky” and thinking I could see this in a skate part or fun, summer video. Later when I got really into the album Before Today I kept the song in mind i guess and it was the only one i tried to edit the video too and immediately was feeling it.

Probably will submit it to the Lake George Arts People’s Pixel Project this year since they enjoyed a Summer Session video last year. Thanks for reading and watching, enjoy!

Filmed and Edited by Christopher Brown, Produced by Rated gnaR Films. Copyright 2012 Bad Culture/ Rated gnaR Films.

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