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Category Archives: Photos
AZ local and LA transplant Chris D’Allesandro has a nine-to-five grownup job, but that doesn’t stop him from shredding his local hills on the weekend. Saturday sliding on a local favorite.
“Switch is easier ’cause it’s heelside for me.” Backwards early grab.
Norman Plante is an East Coast skater currently attending a desert college northeast of Los Angeles and skating Malibu on the weekends. He shreds. We met up on Monday and shot these photos in a couple hours, during which I saw him fall only when he tried to stand-up drift all the way around an off-camber toeside corner.
Toeside into that golden afternoon light.
Switch check at the Session Left.
Indy predrift at the session right.
Midz 4 life, because high-quality wheels are overrated.
The mighty Cliff Coleman, ripped first-try on this crazy steep, rough hill.
I took a bunch of photos of San Diego local and Arbor/Gullwing/Muir rider Jimmy Riha earlier this year for a SkateSlate article on San Diego (check it here). They didn’t all make it into the magazine, so here they are for your viewing pleasure.
Jimmy lives skating-distance from Blacks Beach. The access road is a super fun skate spot with high-quality people watching. Between the surfers, college students, gay nudists, and elderly exercisers, you’re sure to have some interesting conversations on the walk back up.
Leathered up for inland speed runs with Muir Skate boss Scott Lembach.
Bonus Maryhill Festival of Speed photo because you only live once.
Team Skatehouse gettin’ in it on the first righty. Big Lou doesthe light dude grippy wheels carve ‘n’ grip while James and Matt get their toeside predrifit on.
Stefan Risch has the most excellent all-gold set of NJKs. Check the tip ‘n’ rip.
Sebastian Hertler follows Dalua through the second righty while Luke Melo brings up the rear. Check the rubber lip on his aerolid.
Louie holding on in the fast righty.
Chip Wood and Braden Tibbles in the fast righty.
Unknown lil’ homie with the euro-spec smoking footbrake.
Mischo Erbahn has one of the best skate-faces in the business and the good sense to rock a clear visor.
Maryhill in all its curvaceous glory. Click through for a much larger version.
Andrew Chapman always has an awesome skate-face.
Chip Wood prefers to hide behind two layers of tinting.
Biker Sherlock showed up and raced. That black on black suit is mighty stylish, if I may say so myself.
The Festival of Speed took a page out of the Freeride rulebook and let this giant pack of dudes get a run. I see Dustin Hampton, Nick Ronzani, Sinjin Davis, Kyle Chin, #MaximGarantRousseau, Will Royce, and a couple dudes I don’t recognize.
Laguna grom Ethan Vinograd winning the Junior Is. They had to run the finals twice and lil’ homie took it home both times, like a boss.
#MGR, Spencer Smith, and some other dudes enjoying a practice run.
Dalua winning his semifinal. Alex Tongue, Billy Meiners, Dillon Stephens, and Nicolas Desmarais bring up the rear.
Repechage was pretty heavy this year. This is Brian Bishop beating Max Capps and Nick Ronzani.
This ginger kid got “No Soul” on the back of his leathers. Killing it.
Alicia Fillback bought Skatie Katie’s old leathers, showed up at Maryhill and won the first race she ever entered. We’re stoked on Alicia.
See y’all next summer.
Canadian Jeff “Beer man of a million tries” Spicoli Randomsky pinning it through the chicane, about to drop into the fastest stretch. Adam Auger spots.
Let’s all pour a little out for the fast hill, where the legendarily smooth pavement was tampered with last week. We’re not sure if it was a full-on chipsealing or simply a seal coat on the space pavement, but it’ll never be the same. Those who had the chance to skate it know how sick it was.
Just for the record: Jim Weatherwax was skating it from halfway back in the 90s. JP Kaloi, Dubes, and Josh Weisfeld were the first dudes to bomb it from the top, and Dubes is probably the first dude to do 70mph on a skateboard. Dubes, K-Rimes, and Zak Maytum were draft-training when they crashed at 70mph in 2008 and Billy Bones Meiners crashed going over 75 when he hit a pebble in August 2011. More recently, Colorado legend Kevin “Coop” Cooper took himself out at around 70. Patrick Rizzo bombed it on a street deck, then went switch on a downhill board. DT and Dave Angelus skated it naked in the dark a couple years ago and Mischo set his first IGSA world speed record there. Those who know, know that skating that hill was better than drugs.
Bad ass Norwegian downhill skater, tattoo artist, father, and party hero Mikael “Kula” Jensen out front in the first left at Peyragudes Never Dies. Later that day, he wobbled out footbraking at 55mph/90kph and took one of the hardest slams I’ve ever seen.
Dude’s got one of the sickest downhill skateboarding-related tattoos. His dream is to open a combination skate shop and tattoo studio in his native Norway.
Skin to win at the Mt. Tabor Old School Challenge. Unfortunately, his other skate tattoos are on his other arm.
Pat Schep, Toeside. Seen here in full color for the first time after appearing in SkateSlate Longboarding Magazine in black and white.
Ludovic Tremblay follows Matt K, Anthony Flis, and Keith Rebhorn.
Pat Schep, leanin’ back.
The whole group shralpin’.
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.
Madrid Skateboards and Venom Bushings rider Ethan Vinograd takes first place for America while the spectators let it all hang out. He’s followed by Oliver Korman, Jack Craddock, and Elijah Vinograd. Surprisingly, Ethan was so focused on winning the final that he didn’t even notice all that booty until I pointed it out to him afterward.