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Category Archives: Rip City Skate
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.
Hot and fresh out the kitchen, check the footage from Timeship Racing’s 2012 Safe Longboarding Awareness Program. Featuring riders from Landyachtz, Caliber, Comet, Rip City Skate, Rayne, Paris, Abec 11, Madrid, and Venom. Oh yeah.
Get your Skate on with James West, Rayne Longboards and Divine Wheels! Be sure to check out the full contest rules and details so you can win yourself a new board and some wheels!
When winter blows in and the skate bug is itching, it might be time to head out for a Skatecation. JP Rowan and Casey Morrow of Rip City Skate and PDX Downhill rounded up the crew and took the Sk8bus for a trip down south.Special Shout out to the sponsors that make the bus possible:
Subsonic Skateboard Co
Rip City Skate, based out of Portland, Oregon has been a supporter of the scene since day one with no plans of slowing down. Whether it is gear or an event, Rip City will be sure that you are set to SKATE EVERYTHING. If you’re in the Portland area be sure to stop by the shop to skate the GnarBowl or visit them online.
“On July 23 2011, six teams, THE CUNT PUNTERS, RISK IT FOR A BISCUIT, 180, STEPDAD, BUTTHOLE SHRAPNEL, THE FOUR LOKOS, and JUST THE TIP competed for ultimate glory; They were the SK8VENGERS! made possible by an imaginary grant from the PDXDOWNHILL.COM foundation With special support from JON HUEY PHOTOGRAPHY edited by yours truly, ADAM STOLTE with music by YEASAYER SKEETSKEETBANGBANG!
The Portland scene is heavily supported and backed by Rip City Skate.
“Two of the most amazing two weeks of the year, the Sk8bus made the Southwest Series its maiden voyage. The trip went all the way to Colorado for the Buffalo Bill Downhill, then to New Mexico for Ditch Slap and The Atomic Bomb, and out to Santa Barbara on our way home. Here is a compilation of footage from the trip.”
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Adam “Awger” Auger battles Aaron “from the block” Grulich for one-handed toeside supremacy.
While we certainly dig the laid-back, noncompetitive atmosphere at freerides, if you’re going to shut down a sick hill for three days you might as well have a race and see who’s fastest.
Summerland native “Prince” Dillon Stephens defended his title and took first.
Sector 9′s Big Lou was sporting an absolutely filthy moustache when he got second.
JimZ’s hands-down style was surprisingly fast. He and Madrid rider Justin Rouleau crashed later in the run, nuking Rouleau’s ankle.
Thirty more after the jump, including some dudes whose names we don’t know. See yourself? Let us know so we can put your name up and give you the recognition your steez deserves.
While the Festival of Speed is a pretty sick race, you don’t actually get to skate the hill that much; so it’s important to hit spots along the way. Max jumped in the Paris/Divine Van with Wheelbase’s Marcus Bandy, along with Kody Noble, Pat Schep, Eric Singer, and Pete Eubank to skate and film their two-week road trip shredstravaganza. With stops in Big Sur, Santa Cruz, San Francisco, Weed, Portland, and Hood River, we had a blast.
There’s something for everyone in this video. Skip to 4:27 if you want to see Striker whack some kid in the head with a golf club.
With a closed road, haybales in place, and EMTs at the ready, the Maryhill freeride allows for absolutely nutty pack riding. Ride along with 2010 Festival of Speed winner Zak Maytum as he weaves through a huge pack, passes a tandem street luge, and rallies the rest of the hill with Kyle Martin, Chip Wood, and Calvin Staub.