asmith photo: Jamie Thomas

Words and Photos: Aaron Smith

Jamie Thomas called me up out of the blue and asked if I wanted to shoot his last trick for his Berrics Battle Commander. I obviously said yes and met him at the park after everyone had left. You can think or say what you want about filming at a skate park. “That it’s perfect”, “it’s not the streets”, “there’s no bust factor” but rail leading out of the park does not fill those qualifications. This is a street rail! Sure you might pop off of perfect skate park round but once you get outside those walls this rail is no joke.

Watching Jamie boardslide this was surprisingly not very scary. I guess that’s what happens when you’ve been pro for all those years. He was able to get up on the rail every time and jump over to the other side. If you can see at the end of the rail it bends up a little then down and then follows by the metal ramp extending about 2 feet. Jamie asked Chase (Berrics filmer) and I what was going to happen when he gets to the end. We told him he would be fine and clear it but honestly we had no idea. Somehow Jamie was able to pop out of the boardslide and cleared the metal extension. It was insane.

It was pretty cool to be able to shoot one of your favorite skaters when you were a kid at a private skate park you grew up watching on the internet. It’s funny how things work out.