The second stop on the Vans Pro Skate Midwest Tour took the guys to Escapist Skateshop in Malto Country: Kansas City, Missouri. Aside from skateboarding there's two things the good folks in KC take very serious and that's the Kansas City Chiefs and ribs. Since the Chiefs were on the road in New Orleans yesterday it was decided that we'd partake in the later and hold an impromptu rib challenge after the demo. The Chiefs were getting their asses handed to them all game but won by a field goal which had all the attendees of the signing and demo in high spirits. Like Subsect in Des Moines Escapist is a well-designed and classy looking skateshop. With a pool table and art gallery connected to the shop the spacious store allowed for a real personal and casual vibe to the meet and greet with the local kids. Trujillo did his best to hide his anger over the Niners loss by talking to the kids about the Chiefs win.
Penn Valley Skatepark was packed to the gils and the locals were all ripping. Chiefs jerseys were everywhere and the crowd cheered for each guy's make with raucous applause like they were catching game-winning touchdown passes. Every day and every demo has different stars; today Chima Ferguson, Johnny Layton, Taylor Smith, Kyle Walker and Alec Majerus crushed it and were the KC demo heros. The energy was amazing all dayand we appreciate all the love from the KC skate community.
Daniel Lutheran discovered an unknown talent in KC: Crowd Motivator. He let the sun shine down on the people from the top of the bus and conducted perhaps the most cordial product toss in history, at times even getting the crowd to sit pop a squat and allow the babies and little kids to get their chance at some product. It was like watching a children's show. Perhaps Dan Lu is the next Mr. Rogers?
Once the route was decided for the tour and the big rib rivals of Kansas City and St. Louis were penciled in we decided it would be in our best interest to hold a team rib eating challenge: full slabs to the head plus one side and bread. Winner takes all. Malto insisted the only choice when in Kansas City was the downtown Arthur Bryants and if you're ever in KC we suggest you take his recommendation. More regarded for their rub than sauce, the cured pork melted in your mouth. Johnny Layton finished his slab in record time. One of the employees came out and actually told him to slow down and enjoy himself. Tony Trujillo came in second and the fattest guy on the trip and rib challenge coordinator, Chris Nieratko, failed to finish his slab, falling two ribs shy. The younger guys seemed to look on in disgust and disbelief. They obviously have no interest in a fallback career in competitive eating.
Next up Infinity Skateshop in St. Louis and rib challenge #2. See you there.