Introduce Hoodward

There’s this place called Hoodward, and as far as Reno skate terrain goes, its way the fuck out there, somewhere.  You probably want to leave the house by noon and maybe don’t make dinner plans.  Last time we skated there I was thinking about how skateboarding forces us to constantly negotiate all aspects of the third dimension, and usually its not our own but other peoples spaces we do that with.  So I guess that’s always what I find interesting about the ways skaters manage personal space – whether that’s a desk at work or a vast plot in the Nevada high dez.  Shit, I am pretty damn envious of Jordan Mullen’s desk.  Is he winging it or is he a model space management expert?  Or could it be that the dude is just abiding ancient skate law that if you got space you got ramps?  In terms of going sideways on all kinds of handcrafted curvature, opportunity and variety are key elements of the Hoodward scenario.  There’s a miniramp in an otherwise unused horse stable, a recently poured cement bowl thing connected to his back patio, and an in-the-works outdoor ramp of uncanny character, rescued from a storage unit in the mountains.  Along with other cryptic omens someone sprayed “minimal chin” on that thing which I thought was an on-point description of the vibe out there – everything you want but its not all jammed into one vert ramp.  The concept of the backyard ramp is forever in my mind up on this grand pedestal because it was my very first notion of skateboarding.  My uncle, ten years my senior, was heavily into skating through his teens and built a ramp in his neighbor’s yard.  What is more exotic and magical to a 5 year old than a huge plywood ramp?  My only experience with it physically was running around on it and contracting numerous plywood splinters but the mental seed was planted, and in a matter of years all kinds of hideous scrap wood experiments would be popping up in my parents driveway.  Pallets, roofing nails, and particleboard – while sketchy as fuck – were the readily available ingredients that brought a dull driveway to life, and redefined the concept of ‘home turf’.  Years later in college I crammed my own miniramp into the backyard of a rental, and for those 3 years had the privilege of hosting countless sessions.  Anyways, skating Jordan’s reminds me of how rad it was to have transitioned shred outside your kitchen window, how fuckin fun it is to build stuff, and that such oddball home improvements are one of skateboarding’s more bizarre domestic legacies which I am so glad to see thriving in 2015 not just at Jordan’s but in yards all over the Reno-Tahoe area.  The ultimate perk of hoodward is there is basically a limitless supply of land to work with, and the cement zone was poured with this in mind – an open spot in the wall leads into an extended future of new possibilities…  Snakerun?  Spine?  Shark tank?  In the mean time there’s plenty of stuff to tangle with – like the vertical tombstone, barrier wall, and an epic lineup of perfectly manicured bricks.  A big fuckin hats off to all the dudes who worked to make that thing a reality, and of course thanks to Jordan for making the most of his land, and sharing it with us.  -Dane Haman

About an hour from downtown Reno is Hoodward. This sign marks the halfway point. photo Amber Rippee

The last stretch of road and nearly stuck driving up in the mud, we make it to our destination. photo Amber Rippee

Getting the grind on point, Jordan Mullen sprays Crisco on the coping. photo Dane Haman

Jordan Mullen BS lip on the tombstone. Shot! by Huntsman

Justin Hackel pivot to fakie on the tombstone. photo Kyle Volland

Matty Jost FS 5-0 Crisco grind. photo Dane Haman

Big Teddy BS lip. photo Dane Haman

Brenden Greene FS lip. photo Kyle Volland

Justin Hackel ollie. photo Dane Haman

Jordan Mullen FS board. Shot! by Huntsman

Brenden Greene tail stall nose grab photo Kyle Volland

Lizz rolling up on the sesh. photo Dane Haman

Jordan Mullen FS blunt. photo Kyle Volland 

 



 

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