Charting the West with Skatepark Guide
By Sky Siljeg
I first met Bill (and his dog, Smoky) in Oregon while I was on an "All Star Adventure Camp" trip that summer. The plan for our tour was to skate 16 of Oregon's best skate parks. Bill and the crew in his RV would be traveling with usdocumenting, shooting photos, and noting the features of each parkas we went. All this information, plus Bill's research on parks in Washington, Arizona, and California, would be included in The Best of the West Skatepark Guide, being published by Concrete Wave Editions.
When Bill mentioned that he would be moving north into Washington, my home state, I was excited and asked my mom if we could take him on a tour of some of our favorite parks. She was as happy to do it as I was. By the time Bill and his RV rolled into town, bringing along some of the best park riders in the world (including world champion bowl rider Benji Galloway, "Will Powers," Caylen Dakin, "Screech," Chris Cudlip, and Chis Nukala), I was in the middle of my first week of fifth grade. I was so excited when they pulled up to my school to bust me out of class (with permission, of course).
The following summer, I went on part of the second tour of parks to update and expand the guide. Bill, Smoky, and a couple of new ridersRion Linderman and Lance Leisherrevisited the states Bill had already covered, and then moved on to Idaho, Montana, Utah, Wyoming, and New Mexico. This summer, I'll be catching up with the tour to work on another book.
These are really excellent guidebooks (published by Concrete Wave Editions) and a useful tool for any skaters who want to plan road trips of their own.