Ben had turned his old backyard pond/pool into a skater’s dream feature.
Earlier this week I made my way up to Nahunta, GA to check out a backyard skate bowl recently finished at my friend Ben Horan’s house. I’ve written about the Horan compound before in my wakeskating post, Retention. This time though we came to skate and Ben had turned his old backyard pond/pool into a skater’s dream feature. My friend Cullen was down to make the three hour drive just to skate the bowl as well so we left out of Orlando early on a Monday morning. Cullen knew two skaters in Jacksonville that would want to join so we stopped along the way and had them follow us north through the Okeefeenokee Swamp to the sleepy Brantley county town that is Nahunta. Upon arrival, an afternoon of skating ensued with about 7 guys figuring out the nicks,twists, and turns of the unique mini-bean type bowl.Ben, Cullen, and Jacksonville ripper Mike Peterson really got a feel for it though and gave the pool coping plenty of fresh wear and tear. With the light starting to fade an hour and a half into the session, Ben suggested we go check out another one of his spots.
“Hotel Nahunta” is a mostly demolished hotel down the road that has turned into another one of Ben’s DIY skate spots. After a quick skate before dark, Mikey and Pete made the trek back to Jacksonville while Cullen and I decided to crash a night at Ben’s place to get another skate in the following day. Ben and Cullen charged it after some morning coffee until the first drops off rain fell. The change in weather had us packing up back up for Orlando but the quick little trip was super fun and one of the first chances I’ve had to shoot skateboarding.
I’ve also included a few photos from a visit when the bowl was still a work in progress.
Ben would like to thank pool building legend Brett Turner and his crew for their expertise and invaluable help. Also Ben would like to thanks his Jacksonville boys, Donna Horan, and Jared for their blood, sweat, tears and support as well.