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Learning Curve: Don’t Blow the Spot

Landyachtz rider Billy Bones tucks down the “speed hole” straightaway. The rosary beads are just for style; he isn’t catholic.

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.

You never know when there’s going to be a giant truck coming up around the next corner. Be like Billy and stay in your lane, kids.

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.

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Maryhill Junior I Finals

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.

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Photos: Sea Otter Classic at Laguna Seca

Aero helmets for days. From left: Erik Lundberg, Braden Tibbles, Micah Green, Rayne Longboards owner Graham Buksa, Max Capps and Daniel Luna.

Caliber’s Riley Crone, all grown up.

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Francis Cooper Darquea Mauro

This little East Coast skate rat has been lurking on our couch for the last few weeks. He says he’s here working on his senior project; but all I’ve seen him do is skate, eat Ritz crackers, and facebook-stalk trashy white girls from East Providence. Squat steez at the rock wall corner on his last run before he went home. Bonus switch check after the jump. (more…)

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Behind the Cover: James Kelly

Recently, we’ve had a few emails come in asking about what kind of gear we use to capture photos and video for skatehouse. Rather than just post a list of my gear, I’m going to explain how I shot the cover of this month’s SkateSlate magazine.

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Jacob Lambert Photography Feature

Chad Gibson shreding Bananas.

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Ethan Cochard

Boomtown skate stylist Ethan Cochard came down to California a couple weeks ago for the Muir Skate Downhill Disco and some runs in the sunshine. We had an appreciative audience for a sidewalk session near the skatehouse; so Aaron Breetwor grabbed the camera and snapped this photo.

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Photos: Catalina Classic

Downhill skateboard racing returned to Southern California with the Cinco de Mayo weekend Catalina Classic. Riviera Skateboards, Paris Trucks, and the folks at Resource Distribution put on a world-class event with an exciting, technically challenging course with outstanding race organization.

Arbor and R.A.D. James Kelly leads Pat Switzer and Alex Tongue on the way to victory in the final heat.
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Tai, Poaching

A few weeks ago I was out at one of our favorite runs trying to get a couple photos of Chance Gaul, the crazy good Laguna grom. Chance was chilling in the road helping me get my flashes set up when local shredder Tai Nakayama came flying down and busted this sweet squat slide. Steeziest photo-bomb ever.

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Kody Noble

Sometimes the journey is more rewarding than the destination. Kody and I were driving across town to hit some new hills when Kody spotted this bank out of the corner of his eye.

“Pull over, let’s skate that.”

We parked, hopped out, and did goofy longboarder-at-the-street-spot tricks until No-Play told me to grab the camera ’cause he was going to hippy jump the railing. This one went in third try. After one more for good measure, the security guard kicked us out. Max Dubler photo.

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