Shad Johnson, Andy Merrall

"I have spent many mornings riding the park with Andy Merrall. I had a studio apartment in Northwest Portland and we would wake up at 5:30 every morning in the winter, pack our backpacks full of towels and rush down to the park. Every morning before I would climb over the top wall to drop in, I would always get a weird feeling in my stomach. Mainly because I really didn't get along with some skaters, so I was hoping they wouldn't be there. But also because, at that time, there were barely any parks in the U.S. and we were riding the sickest park in the world." --Shad Johnson (Photo by: Josh Root)