"Hello Miami and thank you for the hospitality". Brandon Knowles, Frank Branca and I descended upon Miami for a two day getaway from the tropical environments of Tampa and Orlando for the, well, tropical environment of Miami. It had been about 3 years since my last Miami adventure and I’d forgotten how much of a lush tropical paradise it is. It’s a major metropolitan city unlike any other with warm, humid weather and a sea breeze on South Beach. It’s incredibly nice. And you’re gonna pay for it. Miami can definitely be a pricey location to spend time but you get what you pay for.
South Beach is fancy. No better word for it. You have Chanel ads on bus stops and flagship stores for every designer brand you can think of on either Collins Ave or Ocean Drive. The more wifed up readers of this will probably think “I can come down here and skate all over the beach while my girl shops til her face melts!” I’m definitely gonna try that plan.
The first stop was this hip on Key Biscayne. Rough, rugged and raw. Frank came through with this frontside ollie.
I didn’t know where this bridge went but I wanted to go over it. I love Miami.
But then I decided I’d rather go over here. It’s insane, you can do some fishing in the shadow of a major metropolis.
Brandon slid this back tail at this grimy bank spot.
The next spot was the famous rooftop spot. The MIA guys have built lots of sick DIY ramps at the entrance.
The graffiti adds a lot of flavor to this place. Frank got psyched and snapped this ollie.
Later on South Beach, Brandon found a local to tell us some nearby spots.
Panoramic. Miami’s water is still crystal clear and azure blue. I love it.
So much development right on the ocean. Ever seen Cocaine Cowboys? I guess we have to thank those guys for pumping so much money into the city and building all these spots.
The next day at this ledge spot. Find the Frank and win.
Made a new friend in the hood.
We chilled hard.
Then he was out.
The rest of the trip was kind of a bummer because I severely rolled my ankle trying to drop in on the triangle. I know… But still, Miami is a beautiful city I want to spend more time in.