last weekend, may 13-15, we celebrated the third birthday of hermann's hole, presented by khvt. the usual suspects rolled out on thursday to get everything ready to go and get a little skating in before the blowout. knoxville showed up late that night, so gold star for being the first out-of-towners (tennessee fool!), and shortly after, the rain came.
friday morning we woke up to a mud pit. everywhere. but that didn't stop us. armed with towels, a leaf blower, and a blow torch, we kept the concrete as dry as humanly possible between showers. while waiting on the crete to dry, there was mud boarding, skate barn sessions, and general debautury.
some mini-contests went down friday night. little manny won with some sick lien to tails as requested by yours truly.
saturday was still plagued with scattered showers (damn you nature!), but we were able to squeeze in some epic shredding regardless.
local ripper scotty laird killed the mini-bowl contest. andy skinner was passing through en route from wyoming to the east coast and stole second. and true to the st louis modus operandi, jeff rasp claimed third.
in the mini-bowl jr division, little manny took first and cj fuller grabbed second.
zach friendly from kc won the big bowl contest and jeff rasp took second.
and brandon herbert from gnarkansas.com took home the best slam award for breaking off half his tooth
saturday night festivities included live music from gnarkansas coburn's well, well, well..., hermann local cam's rhum boogie, columbia's the cold cuts, and st louis's mutant opera, and a fireworks show provided by the dying pyros.
sunday morning, we were greeted with more rain, but we had some setup to do for monday's pour. so the bio-dome was erected.
monday morning, party's over, the sun finally makes an appearance! and after slinging some bar and more ripping...
we finally got some mud on the ground (as in concrete, not the sludge we were trudging through all weekend).
with all hands on deck from the usual hermann's hole crew: jp, lynch and michelle, soup, menu zac, and rob; billy and andy from wyoming; brandon, dalton, nick, coburn, and jesse from gnarkansas; and nate from i can't smell my dinner, the breakfast bump sprung forth like a free-formed constantly blending concrete leviathan.
after the pour, gnarkansas followed us back to showmepools hq to skate the pool that cannot be named. and even though we were all beat and haggard from 5 days at hermann and a day of scrubbing, and nick later found out he had a broken rib, and everyone had a nice layer of mud on their griptape, good times were had by all.
a huge thanks goes out to everyone who came and supported st louis skateboarding, all the shredders who kept the session alive, everyone who put in work and all the bands. you all made hermann's hole skatefest III an epic weekend!
all photos courtesy of Nicholas Gibson photography
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