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Californian Canuck...  
from the Element YMCA Skatecamp! by Jimmy Miller  


Element YMCA skatecamp - Sequoia Lake, California - Fresno pool session, Aug 2005 - Photo:Jimmy Miller
 
Californian Canuck... from the Element YMCA Skatecamp!         by Jimmy Miller

Andrew - BS carve - Fresno pool session, Aug 2005 - Photo:Jimmy Miller
Andrew - BS carve
Appropriate Fresno signage - Fresno pool session, Aug 2005 - Photo:Jimmy Miller
signage
Bic-shaven Adventurer - Fresno pool session, Aug 2005 - Photo:Jimmy Miller
Bic-shaven
Doug - BS shallow carve - Fresno pool session, Aug 2005 - Photo:Jimmy Miller
Doug - BS shallow carve
  A barge-style backyard pool session in Fresno.
Doug and I had blast adapting to the severe lack of flat bottom within the deep portion of the pool, harnessing the aggression necsessary to skate the shallows, and vibing off the local's abilities.

The pool's owner Ray was stoked when he discovered us skating/sweating away in his backyard unannouced (we did have a "friend" with us for vaildation)... Ray's random party-favours (reeling in a beercan with a fishingpole), carparts strewn about, hazzardous ramp creations, happy dog companion, and overall enthusiasm was a bonus to our time spent.

Sometimes a session's non-skating elements are just as memorable as the shredding itself. A killer session indeed. - Jimmy Miller

Doug - BS slash - Fresno pool session, Aug 2005 - Photo:Jimmy Miller
Doug - BS slash
Jason - flirting with the deathbox - Fresno pool session, Aug 2005 - Photo:Jimmy Miller
Jason
Jimmy - FS Nosegrab slash - Fresno pool session, Aug 2005 - Photo:Jimmy Miller
Jimmy - FS Nosegrab slash
Jimmy - FS shallow carve - Fresno pool session, Aug 2005 - Photo:Jimmy Miller
Jimmy - FS shallow carve

Jimmy - FS shallow carve - Fresno pool session, Aug 2005 - Photo:Jimmy Miller
Jimmy - FS shallow carve
Kyle - BS carve - Fresno pool session, Aug 2005 - Photo:Jimmy Miller
Kyle - BS carve
Sweaty in the shallow end - Fresno pool session, Aug 2005 - Photo:Jimmy Miller
 

Orange Cove skatepark - Photo:Jimmy Miller
 
Orange Cove skatepark - Photo:Jimmy Miller
 
Orange Cove skatepark - Photo:Jimmy Miller
 
Orange Cove skatepark - Photo:Jimmy Miller
 
trip to the Orange Cove skatepark (which isn't open to the public yet)... damn it was good! Nice lighting too.
Jimmy Miller

Orange Cove skatepark - Photo:Jimmy Miller
 
Orange Cove skatepark - Photo:Jimmy Miller
 

 
Orange Cove skatepark - Photo:Jimmy Miller
 

Doug Hardy - b-tail 50 - Sequoia Lake, California - Photo:Jimmy Miller
Backtail
Doug Hardy - K 250 - Sequoia Lake, California - Photo:Jimmy Miller
Krooked Grind
Doug Hardy - ollie 50 - Sequoia Lake, California - Photo:Jimmy Miller
F/S Ollie
Doug Hardy - pop 50 - Sequoia Lake, California - Photo:Jimmy Miller
F/S Ollie
Doug Hardy - Sequoia Lake, California - Photos:Jimmy Miller

Jimmy Miller - Sequoia Lake, California - Photo:jeffwalls.com
Jimmy Miller - Photo:jeffwalls.com
Dougie Flail - Sequoia Lake, California - Photo:Jimmy Miller
Dougie Flail
Edwards Flip - Sequoia Lake, California - Photo:Jimmy Miller
Edwards Flip
Jimmy and Deanna - Sequoia Lake, California
Jimmy and Deanna

Jimmy Miller - Blunt - Sequoia Lake, California - Photo:jeffwalls.com
 
Doug Hardy - FS Rock - Sequoia Lake, California - Photo:jeffwalls.com
 
Doug Hardy - Ollie - Sequoia Lake, California - Photo:jeffwalls.com
 
Jimmy Miller - Rewind - Sequoia Lake, California - Photo:jeffwalls.com
 

Jimmy Miller & Doug Hardy - Sequoia Lake, California - Photo:jeffwalls.com


Wow, I've been busy, Element YMCA skatecamp is underway!

Element YMCA skatecamp - Sequoia Lake, California - Photo:Jimmy Miller
Street Course
Element YMCA skatecamp - Sequoia Lake, California - Photo:Jimmy Miller
Lower Elementland
Element YMCA skatecamp - Sequoia Lake, California - Photo:Jimmy Miller
Upper Elementland
Element YMCA skatecamp - Sequoia Lake, California - Photo:Jimmy Miller
Our Lake Mini

Our sense of community is very strong here. That's what it's all about for us. Our utmost priority is the emotional and physical safety of our campers and attendees.

Being away from techology (besides email for me) is very liberating and centering (although there is an adjustment time to the silence and serenity)(especially for a city dwelling skate rat like me).

Element YMCA skatecamp - Sequoia Lake, California - Photo:Jimmy Miller
The Vert Ramp
Element YMCA skatecamp - Sequoia Lake, California - Photo:Jimmy Miller
The Bowl's tranny
Element YMCA skatecamp - Sequoia Lake, California - Photo:Jimmy Miller
The Bowl
Element YMCA skatecamp - Sequoia Lake, California - Photo:Jimmy Miller
The waterfront w. lake launch

To give you a better sense of why I'm stoked on my current location here's some facts about the camp that you may find interesting:

  • We're 5,500 feet up in the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range, nearly equal travelling distance from Visalia or Fresno, the closest cities with airports.
  • The Visalia YMCA been doing this Skatecamp for twenty-one years.
  • Skatecamp's located on the edge of Sequoia Lake: a body of water originally created for the log-flume export of lumber at the turn of the century.
  • There are five other different camps surrounding Sequoia Lake (we've earned the wicked moniker of: the pirate camp).
  • We've got thirteen cabins and the ability to house ninety-one campers during one session (each one lasts five and a half days).
  • Yes it's the camp you've seen in the old H-Street, powell-peralta, 411, and Element videos.
  • Yes it's the camp you've seen people jump off a ramp into the lake and yes it's a hoot.
  • Our ramps are re-built annually due to the extreme winter climate (up to ten feet of snow!) and they are really good.
  • Many teams and visiting pros come to skate and to take some time-off. It's not uncommon to share your meal with members of the Element, Venture, or DLX Teams. Pretty neat.
  • Our non-skate programs are just as diverse as our skate ones (Elemental Awareness offers outdoor survival skills coupled an idealology that centers on re-aquainting youth to wilderness).
  • I visited skatecamp six years ago as a stow-away (mis-communicated job posibility, no U.S. work visa, bummin') and through plenty of effort, faith earned, promises kept, and enthusiasm offered; I've ended up as the Program Director. Not bad.
  • How about it's pretty freakin' fun too.

Element YMCA skatecamp - Sequoia Lake, California - Photo:Jimmy Miller
Cabin #6
Element YMCA skatecamp - Sequoia Lake, California - Photo:Jimmy Miller
Campfire by day
Element YMCA skatecamp - Sequoia Lake, California - Photo:Jimmy Miller
 
Element YMCA skatecamp - Sequoia Lake, California - Photo:Jimmy Miller
Dougie Chillin'

Hmm, I don't want this to end up as too much of an advertisement... but for a skateboarder this ain't bad. Peep-out www.skatecamp.org or www.elementskateboards.com if something like this tickles your fancy.

Perhaps I'll view this initial "postcard"/ info-dump as the foundation of information for which to start updating you, the reader, about the ongoing adventures of Dougie and I... Yeah I like that idea (central valley empty pools await, yes!).

Element YMCA skatecamp - Sequoia Lake, California - Photo:Jimmy Miller
Our skateshop
Element YMCA skatecamp - Sequoia Lake, California - Photo:Jimmy Miller
Gathering during Staff Training
Element YMCA skatecamp - Sequoia Lake, California - Photo:Jimmy Miller
Hiking up to the wall challenge
Element YMCA skatecamp - Sequoia Lake, California - Photo:Jimmy Miller
Enduring the wall challenge

Well,
take it easy up there,
rest assured that we're holding it down for Victoria abroad,
take care of VeeDub for me,
and of course skate for life,

Visalia YMCA Skate Camp
Element Skateboards

Element YMCA skatecamp - Sequoia Lake, California - Photo:Jimmy Miller
Vineers await board pressing at the art shed

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