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    Where in the world is Gabe?

    He be in California, land of longboarder movie stars. In true Gabe style, he gives us a run down on a new country and time zone, and answers the question: is it true Louis has a makeup assistant to help him get really for his S9 videos? Seems our Aussie travelers missed their flight, and took up residence in an uncomfortable lounge area... [Gabe] Leigh, Bowditch and myself slept at Vancouver airport last night and caught the first flight this morning. Louis came and picked us up from the airport, took us back to the skatehouse, where we chilled for a few hours before driving over to Tuna Canyon for some epic gnar. Tuna was incredible, I have never skated anything remotely like it. The road is smooth and slippery and the corners banked and occasionally a bit off-camber which can send you off into one of the many rockwalls. Crashed about 5 times on my first run down, the purple otang inheats were a bit too slippery for my liking. I was finding it hard to hook back up from my predrifts which sent me into the dirt a fair few times. I'm going to chuck on some orange tangs or yellow S9 70mm RF's for tomorrow, hopefully I'll be able to rail the corners a bit better. The top section of the hill isn't part of Tuna Canyon, its about a 3km run through some rad little sweepers and left-right chicanes called Saddle Peak, at the end of Saddle Peak the road comes to an intersection and you take a right hand turn into Tuna Canyon. The first section of the run is very mellow, the road is still two-way traffic and winds through a few corners with some sick driveways to slash and little banks running down each side of the road. You cruise through this section for about 1-2kms. Then you come through a right hander and the road turns to one-way, this is when it starts getting gnarly. The road starts winding down, the corners getting a bit tighter and the gradient getting steeper and steeper. The speed sneaks up on you, only when you come up to the first left-right do you realize how fast your going. Coming into these left- rights is tricky, if you leave it too late and try to sneak through the left and throw a big toeside check its very easy to slide wayyy too far and eat shit into the bushes [and go off a cliff if your going really fast], But throwing a slide through the left hander was also tricky, the road cambers off to the right so if you throw your heelside check too late you get almost sucked into the gnarly rockwall. After a couple of these [getting faster and faster] you come out of the right and there is a huge left hand hairpin which is followed by more left-rights [also know as 'The Repeaters'] each one getting steeper and faster. I only did one run so my memory is a bit fuzzy but if I remember correctly the last set of repeaters leads into a really goddamn fast straight [you would be hitting 90k's if you tucked it] into a tight right hand hairpin which goes over a small bridge. You then cruise down a rough mellow windy section and get spat out back at the highway. The whole thing altogether [including Saddle Peak] was about 10.5km] 2k's of that being Saddle Peak. Keep in mind I was carving down pretty much the whole fast part, throwing down slides more than I needed in some parts and was still hauling ass. It was my first run down and the day before, a shredder visiting Cali from Arizona called Zeid (Hop's note: Zeid Bataineh) , who rides for the DownhillDragonKlan, the creators of Munkae trucks, managed to eat shit on his second run down. He broke two bones in his hand and took a massive chip out of his two front teeth, I was taking it mega chill and trying to get a feel for the road. Tomorrow I'll try and go a bit faster now that I know what is ahead of me. This is the type of hill which demands respect, if you don't skate within your limits it will chew you up and spit you out in pieces. I'm off to get some Sushi, I'll do some filming tomorrow at GMR and Tuna again. Peace Gabe P.S: Mischo came around with P-Swiss today with a set of his new CNC trucks, they were a pretty sleek design and had some cool little additions to a regular CNC truck. He should be riding them at GMR tomorrow. I'll ask if I can take a picture or two. (Hop's note: don't ask, just do. It is easier to get forgiveness than permission!!)