The Pool's Gold Photo Journal
Words and photos by Rob Dolecki
When Van Homan mentions a week-long, laid-back trip to California consisting of hopping fences and surfing some concrete waves with two other legends like Jason Enns and Garrett Byrnes, how can you not somehow figure out a way to go along?
I did just that.
A few months ago I strolled out of the baggage claim of LAX, my checked bags successfully making the journey, and was greeted by a warm spring breeze, the white S&M Sprinter, and an air of excitement for the unknown — a feeling that’s all too familiar for the well-seasoned passengers inside, who haven't been all together on a trip in over a decade.
One week later, I was back on a plane; looking back, this trip was all I could have hoped for, and a lot more. No, this wasn't the secret kickoff of filming for Criminal Mischief 2; it was more along the lines of Minimal Mischief with some old friends, with a little trespassing involved, of course.
Van, the man who was responsible for organizing everything, summed up pretty well how and why this adventure came together: “It’s pretty simple. Over the years you create tight bonds with people and you make friendships. Sometimes you don’t get to hang out with some people because life and/or sponsors kind of dictate who is on a given trip, and how often you get to hang out with them. Jason Enns and I haven’t gotten to see each other much in recent years. A few months prior, I came out here and stayed with Jason for a day and rode some pools. We had a good time, and I was talking with Garrett Byrnes and we figured out a trip. We were doing the trip with or without anyone helping make it happen. The media stuff was an afterthought. Companies jumped on board and were down to support it. I’m real psyched and proud that I have sponsors where we can do something this soulful and they’ll get behind it. None of us share any sponsors. It didn’t feel like it’s for clips. That’s what this trip is about — good vibes and high fives.”
Jason and Van also gave some commentary for all the photos; priceless.
"This was our first session; from here I knew it was going to be a great trip."
- Garrett Byrnes
"That’s what this trip is about — good vibes and high fives.”-Van Homan
"The best stuff in life isn’t really meant to be ridden, and this is the way you have do it. Whether your parents tell you it’s right or wrong, this is the way it goes."
- Jason Enns
"This is pretty much the best pool ever."
- Garrett Byrnes
"Anytime you can get multiple feet out of a pool, it feels pretty damn good to do actual tricks."-Jason Enns
"The funnest part is you don’t know what’s behind the fence."-Van Homan
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Pool's Gold - Episode 2
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