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Category Archives: Learning Curve
Arbor Skateboards team rider Tyler Howell is one dedicated SOB. Check out his buttboarding follow run to capture James Kelly on the new 2013 Vugenhausen. He sacrificed his body in attempt to get the shot. Tyler is killing it!
Just cause you wear your helmet does not mean you’re skating safe. Clapping your hands doesn’t give you the right of way.
Montreal homie Mikael Bottreau goes for it.
A while back in Hawaii, one of our Norcal homies; Aaron “from the block” Grulich pulled off a good scorpion when he messed up a switch check. Matt K chopped it up Hall of Meat style. Shout out to Thrasher Magazine for killing it for the past 30 years. Aaron rides Caliber Trucks.
King Brian and Nate the Great. The push that started it all, word is they still joke about it.
Racing by nature is competitive. As the skill level rises, the competition gets tight in every way. With close racing, more racing incidents and controversy are bound to happen. On race day, glory is gained and upsets happen but after all the racing, riders leave the controversy on the track. One thing that hasn’t changed over the years is the camaraderie all the skaters show and share. No matter how much the sport has grown and things get blown up on the internet, all these racer are buddies sharing in skating. There is a lot more to skateboarding then racing.
Predicting who’s going to be on top after a day of racing is always a gamble. Maryhill for example, the top 96 riders were within seconds of each other for qualifying. Here are three clips that have ignited race incident controversy, but never left the race course among skaters involved.
Matt Rae and I. I definitely shouldn’t of thrown Matts board of a cliff, we’re all cool now.
Kevin and I Whistler. When your racing skateboards sometimes your line isn’t always what you thought it was. Its all good Kevin. Lucky I didn’t throw your board.
Unlike street skating, which usually happens in pedestrian plazas, shopping centers, schoolyards, or industrial areas, downhill skateboarding is necessarily practiced in the street. Our spots aren’t stair sets or backyard pools, they’re roads; preferably very steep, winding roads with lots of sharp corners.
These roads often run through neighborhoods full of people who aren’t used to seeing skateboarders fly down the street at 35mph. Naturally, these people don’t want to back out of their driveways and kill a passing skateboarder, so they’ll often try to do something to prevent tragedy before it happens. Unfortunately for us, this desire to avoid accidents usually manifests itself in efforts to ban downhill skateboarding entirely.
Over the last few years a pattern has emerged: skating blows up in a city, spots start to get heavily sessioned, someone hits a car or comes close to it, and the locals try to ban skating. We’ve seen it in Malibu, Laguna Beach, Vancouver, and most recently in Portland, where Billy Bones, Rip City Skate, and the PDX Downhill community is fighting a proposal to ban skating in the west hills, a neighborhood known to skaters as Zoobomb.
Nobody wants to have to deal with the cops every time they go skating. Smart skaters know how to respect their spots:
- Skate safe.
- Remember that the road is primarily for cars. Follow the rules of the road. Yield to traffic when you’re riding and don’t hang out in the middle of the street when you aren’t.
- Don’t hold up traffic: nothing enrages drivers faster than some kid on a skateboard doing 15mph in a 45 zone when they’re late for work.
- Move around. Don’t session the same corner for hours.
- Be respectful of the neighbors. Clean up after yourself. Keep off peoples’ lawns. A smile and wave go a long way.
- As the Zoobombers say, be ninjas and not pirates. Be quiet. Leave no trace.
By all means, have fun. But do it in such a way that you can keep having fun long into the future.
Public roads are accessed by a variety of users. When skating it is important to respect the rules of the road. Stay in your lane, don’t obstructed traffic, ride safe and within your limit.
Canadian buddy, Louis Roy, stopped by Skate House for a few days before heading to Puetro Rico for the Guajataca Downhill. During his first run down a local favorite he had a tight tension situation with a metal wire. Good thing Matt Mclovinston was there to provide comedic relief.
No matter what, skateboarding or not, crashes/accidents/missteps will happen. The best you can do is learn from them. When skating a new run, it’s important to spread it out and skate at your own pace. If you think you’re going to fast, slow down. When in doubt slide early (be sure your slide doesn’t affect people behind you).
Everyone loves jump ramps. Whether you love catching air or watching people fly through the air, here’s how to make your own rock-solid ramp for pretty cheap. Grab some buddies, search for some scrap wood, and build yourself a good time.
“When riding in a group down a big hill, you need to understand how to maintain a safe distance from riders around you. Being able to manage your space and ride safely with other riders in a tight pack is extremeley fun to do when downhill skateboarding, however it can add extra risk and cause an accident if not managed with the right skills.
Being able to simply hold another rider at a certain distance from you without giving him an extra speed boost or slow you down can get you out of those tricky tight situations. Barging through and hoping for a gap is going to end in carnage.”
Special thanks to Hopkin for bring us this important safety announcement.