“I met Scott at the shop at 8am Friday morning, with coffee in hand and less than 3 hours of sleep. We tuned up our boards, packed up our Sector 9 Lightning Bags, and off to the airport we went. It had been about 5-7 years since the last time I’d been to Ohio, and I’d yet to bring a skateboard. Needless to say, I was stoked to see what Ohio had to offer. After a long day of traveling, Scott and I met up with MuirSkate Team member Ryan Ricker and his friends Jordana and Joe at a local bar in downtown Columbus for some burgers and beer. After a few beverages, and admiring the pencil-drawn mural covering the walls of the bar, we went to crash at Joe and Jordana’s place, just a few blocks away.
We woke up the next morning to fresh coffee and stories of Scott’s haunted bedroom. We packed the cars and headed out for the hill. An hour and a half later, we arrived in Bainbridge. Mildew-covered tents, stickered-up cars, and cold leathered-up skaters scattered about the muddy field in front of Bainbridge Elementary School. Shortly after arriving, Dan Oliver, organizer of the race, told everyone to load into the U-Hauls, and practice runs began. Unfortunately, one of the U-Hauls had a fluid leak, so they had to drive it back into town to exchange for another, but other than that, the day when down without a hitch! After a long epic day of skateboarding, Scott, Ryan, Jordana, and myself headed 20 minutes into town to the closest hotel for a good night’s rest before race day.
After a quick stop at Starbucks and a couple wrong turns, we finally made it to the bottom of the hill. Luckily, we had skater time on our side and we still had enough time to head over to the local diner for some breakfast. We ran into some MuirSkate fans, so Scott and Ryan hooked them up with a bunch of stickers and some shades. Practice heats began shortly thereafter, and everyone was just going for it! There were a few ambulance-worthy crashes which started things off pretty slow, but after a couple rounds, everyone got into the rhythm. Before you knew it, it was time for the finals. Everyone had their own opinion of who they thought would win. Everyone in the finals had been out in front all day. We heard the sound of wheels flying down the hill, and everyone got quiet. Max Wippermann came into the fast chicane first, with Adam Persson and Aaron Hampshire right on his tail, and Matt Dietch not far behind. With the straight at the end it could have been anyone’s race. Watch the video to see who won! It was definitely one of the closest heats I have seen yet. All in all, Ohio is pretty flat, but damn do they know how to put on a race, and a gnarly one at that! All I know is that I’m definitely going back next year!” – Muir Skate