Street Memo - Piety Wharf
“I’ll meet you there...” You grab your board and make your way to the spot. Before you even get there the level of excitement to jump on that first initial 50-50 or noseslide could compare to the anxiety of the first day at school, but as opposed to school, you actually want to do this.
You finally make it to the spot and there it is in all its glory, a waxed piece of street furniture. The homies are there, a quick obligatory “dap”, and you’re off. Jumping on that self anticipated warm-up 50-50 grind.
Spots like these make street skateboarding what it is. New York has Brooklyn Banks, San Francisco has Pier 7, Third and Army, Embarcadero, Philadelphia has Love Park, Muni, Barcelona has Macba and the list could go on and on. If the spot still exists (or skateable) you can almost guarantee that some kind of skateboarding is happening right now.
New Orleans has Crescent Park. A unique concrete “Wharf” in a newer expansion of a park adjacent to the Mississippi River. With a vast array of concrete benches and a stage with small stairs and banked walls this area technically called “Piety Wharf” is an amazing place for skateboarding.
Memories can be foggy, but below is a brief summary of some of skateboarding’s greats and New Orleans locals definitive moments at Crescent Park:
Nic Matchett - 360 Flip over the block, Nollie Flip Tailslide fakie
Locally when we saw this we were mindblown, a standalone 360 flip over the block is incredible, but in a line like this… Unheard of.
The Boys - Board Wallie Train
Kaue Cossa - Switch Backside Heelflip over, Pop Shuv-it Backside Nosegrind 180
The Switch Back Heel was perfect, right into a ledge trick that’s basically impossible.
Charles Johnson - Backside Noseblunt
The style and technique in which Charles does these Backside Nosebluntslides is powerful and unique, in the best way possible.
T-Funk - Ollie from bench to stage
Another spot game-changer, and the lil frontside Wallie after is some pure ripping type shit.
Rob Wooten? - Wallie over the stage
The same day as the T-Funk ollie, homie said “fuck it” and did this huge Wallie. Also worth mentioning that dude did a whole bunch of other stuff that day as well.