It started with a wood mini ramp bought for $400 and placed in the backyard behind the garage. Over time though homeowner Alex Andrews started to plot and plan, looking at the wall of his garage as well as the retaining walls that bordered his backyard and thinking “what if.” It was these moments that planted the seeds for what would eventually become known as The Froth Pond.
“I was like man I love having a mini ramp to skate because mini ramps are just timeless and fun but I wanted some gnarly stuff too. Then I kind of reeled it in and thought I don't want it too big because I’m not really like a gnarly tranny skater you know. I like little, tight, gnarly spots more than big stuff. So I started designing something and at first my mindset was very “square” oriented. That was mostly because I had never really worked with concrete and didn't understand how to sculpt and form it.”
Sitting under the covered patio, enjoying a beer with the crew, in that last few warm weeks of summer it all feels too perfect to be so unplanned.
“A lot of these corners and stuff weren’t originally planned out to be round. Like I said I was thinking really square, but once we started pouring and forming it just took shape. We thought, “oh lets round this here” and “lets bump this out there” you know. I mean a lot of it is dependent on how much space you have. I didn't use the whole yard you know. I still have some grass and the patio here. So you figure out your space and then work with that and try to find that balance between gnarly and fun.”
Alex said the initial dig out was pretty simple. A phone call to former DC Mtn. Lab resident digger “Cheeseburger” Vaughn procured a skidster to clean out the yard for the normal Salt Lake currency, product trade. Three hours of work got the yard done and then it was a lot of prep work before the cinder block walls went up to mark the decks and peninsula. While the prep was easy the cement work was daunting to say the least.
“Oh man I had literal panic attacks at night thinking about the cement pours”’ laughs Alex. “It was five full loads of cement and many hours of labor. Chip and I man we have the cement skills now. You need a drive way poured we got that. Tonino was the MVP, he and Chip were over here for many hours over three months, hundreds of man-hours. It’s a lot of research, rebar, and prep you know. We kind of joked about starting a company to do DIY pours for people but do it fully legit. Like make planters with plants but it have tranny on it and that kind of stuff. Things that look nice but a skater would know what’s up. We came up with the name Home Equity Destroyers. It’s the new basketball goal in the driveway you know”, laughs Alex. “I mean it is the benefit of the mainstreaming of skateboarding, snowboarding all these things they call “lifestyle sports.” My neighbors are all super rad so I don't have any complaints. The guy behind me is cool and the lady next door is super Mormon, and still pokes her head over from time to time to say what’s up. I don't know if this could have happened ten or maybe even five years ago you know. I know I could sell this house with this in the back yard because skating is so widely accepted now. Someone would definitely be stoked to have it, and if they aren’t they can just tear it out. I’ll tell you this though, over there in the corner, buried in the concrete is a skateboard that says, “If you find this skateboard fuck you” and we all signed it.”
Here’s to many sessions at The Frothpond, and to that skateboard never being found.
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- By Daniel Cochrane
- Photos by Paul Bundy