We just got home from Virginia last night. Damn, was that a fun trip! Andrew Reynolds, Heath Kirchart, Bryan Herman, Leo Romero, Austin Stephens, Emerica Team Manager Hal 3000 and Brand Marketing Manager Timothy Nickloff headed out to Richmond, Virginia on Friday, November 3, 2006. The team did a signing at Dominion skate shop on Saturday, where a couple of hundred kids were waiting to meet them.
The guys hung out at Dominion for bit, signing posters and talking to the skaters of Richmond. Once everyone got some autographs, we jumped in the van and headed to the demo at the local YMCA skatepark, where it was pretty cold outside. Close to 500 kids were at the park to see the Emerica team put on an insane display of skateboarding. Leo even tore the park a new one after not skating for a month due to a knee injury. He wasn’t planning on skating, but decided at the last minute to set up a board at Dominion.
Austin caught word of a house party that was happening later that night, and we were all invited. Everyone was down to check it out, so we loaded up the van and cruised over to see what it was all about. One of the guys who works for Dominion lived at the house with a couple of roommates. The party got pretty crazy by the end of the night, and everyone had a great time.
The next morning, we made our way to Virginia Beach to visit Hotline skate shop. We showed up to see a ton of kids hanging out and skating in the parking lot. Drew, Heath, Herman, Leo, and Austin hung out with kids at the shop for a couple of hours, signing autographs on decks and anything else. There were close to 300 hundred kids at Hotline, and the signing went pretty smooth.
Afterward, Hotline owner Gurney Collins invited the team to dinner. To get to the restaurant, we took a ride on his boat down the channel by his house and docked up right at the restaurant. It was amazing. After dinner, we boated out to the mouth of Chesapeake Bay for a bit and then headed back to Gurney’s place. Then he invited us all to go fishing, but everyone was tired and it was pretty cold out. Heath, Jeff and Timothy were the only ones eager to go, so Andrew, Herman, Leo and Austin headed back to the hotel while we cruised out on Chesapeake Bay to fish for stripers.
Timothy was the first to catch a fish, and we thought it was pretty big–probably 18 inches long. After catching a bunch of small fish, Heath reeled in a big one close to three feet long. That was definitely the prizewinner of the night. We had a few hours to kill before our flight the next day, so we all went to see a movie called Borat. After that, we flew home and everyone was talking about how fun the weekend was. Great success!