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editor's note:
Apache Junction Skatepark

* Outdoor: 'Crete
* Free
* Trannie / Street
* Rating: Junc in the trunk!

In a recent skatepark review of a less-worthy park, we suggested some criteria for a killer skate scene: 1.] Cover the basics [hesh + tech], and 2.] add some creative and original features. Apache Junction - aka "AJ" - is all that and a bag a chips!

Yes, yes. The "Phoenix" scene - already one of the best concentrations of skateparks anywhere - is still killin' it. The top of the list includes Chandler, Gilbert, Paradise Valley [Pics!?!], and this fine piece of work. Crazy proper respects out to the design team, including Mark Leone [now with Academy skateparks - 480.250.5611], Colby Carter, and everyone else at Site Design Group [480.894.6797]. Damn impressive.

Directions: From Phoenix, take the I-60 east to Apache Junction. Exit Ironwood and head north. The park is at Ironwood and Southern, very close to AJ High School.

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^ The snakerun rounds out the
back of the park at Apache
Junction
skatepark. The
transfer line [left side of this
series] takes you into another
little bowl...





^ Tons of street lines
here, including rails,
ledges, gaps, all that.
We didn't have the best
lighting, so our pics
barely cover all the glory
at this spot...




^ SHITEO: Big
money skate companies
- get off your fat
asses and sign this kid!
Fearless and fully
equipped w/ rocket boosters -
Dustin Cutlip, frontsider.
[Video: Ali Kermani]



<-- Gnar      
      Tech -->



^ SHITEO: Pop,
flip, catch, throw it
behind you - backside
flip! Mike Kearney
makin' it look so easy!
[Video: Ali Kermani]





^ Another thing we could
mention about this park
is the righteous elevation
change - over 6 ft. We're
up top, on this shot, shooting
down at the hits on the inside
section of the snake run.





^ That's a little bit of a kicker/
grind ledge in front. Sets you up for
that loading dock to flat scenario...





^ This snake run is one of the
few in the US that actually works
right. The one at Vans in Ontario
is ridiculous. Canada has a ton
of old-school style snakers...



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