This is from Willem’s dad, Paul, who joined ‘Sk8 the St8s’ in San Francisco, for the final stretch…

After flying into San Francisco I took the BART north to the Mission District to meet up with the Sk8 the St8s crew. Coming out of the BART station, I was looking around to get my bearings and realized most of the people around me were speaking Spanish. This was a part of Frisco I had not visited in my previous two trips years ago.

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I tried to look relaxed and not stand out – with my duffel bag and skateboard strapped to my backpack. In just a few minutes, I saw the big white van pull up in front of the McDonalds across the street. Neal and I exchanged glances and I pointed to a parking spot around the corner, waited for the light and ran across and jumped in the van. High fives and a half-hug from my son across the van seats welcomed me to the crew. Then off we went towards the Embarcadero with Neal and his Jersey driving behind the wheel.

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The remainder of my Frisco visit was meeting Neal’s friend Reid for a beer on the Embarcadero while the boys street skated a plaza nearby, followed by cheap Chinese food and a night walk through Chinatown.

Then we headed east across the Bay Bridge and on to Sacramento to our hotel.

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Paul, Tanzanite Skate Park, Sacramento

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