Words and video by Scott Cooper, photos by Kyle Camarillo
Invert over the spine.
In the last decade new skateparks have popped up all over the place. These parks are breeding grounds for young rippers, not only because of their perfectly formed transitions but because they are convenient meeting spots for friends who end up spending a lot of time there. For 17-year-old Andrew Langi, his hometown park in Redwood City, CA has become this and more. The park was built close to his home and this is the reason he started skating five years ago. It became a home base for him and his family: Renee, Andrew's mother, is the definition of a chill skater Mom and is always happy to keep a watchful eye out for peoples stuff while they skate. His sister Leila is quickly becoming a ripper herself, and gets the opening trick in our vid clip here. Andrew's accelerated learning curve on a skateboard is without a doubt due to his natural talent, but having a tight skatepark at his front door helped a bit... The park is definitely a fun place to cruise around, and if you don't mind the onslaught of bikers and razor scooters that also frequent the park, you'll definitely enjoy it. If you're lucky, you might see Andrew casually destroy the park. Here's a quick 10 minute session with Andrew...
(In 2008 Andrew placed 3rd in Thrasher's Bust or Bail, 2nd in Tampa Am, and skated with Chris Cole in the finals for the winning team of Goofy vs. Regular. He currently rides for Chocolate skateboards(flow), Force trucks, Diamond Supply Co, LRG, Bones Wheels, Skateworks, Elm hats, and Dakine backpacks)
Ollie over channel to extension.