So a small crew of us hardcore IDGR (Irvine downhill and garage riders) group met up as Spencer “Spez” Adams hill. After 3 practice runs we were ready to start running heats. Thats when things started going down. Everyone was going full blast into the righty and bailing hard into the curb. We actually only got one run in before the Irvine PD came to tell us to stop and to tell me that she didn’t think my helmet was safe? Anyways NO ONE DIED!!! The race got stopped and everyone was bored waiting for pizza and watching the footage. It’s a cruel joke to play that people died. People were calling to make sure everyone was alright…don’t worry everyone was amped about it. “How’s my back look”, “did you see me jump the curb? I jumped over the curb.” “I think I flew the farthest” “You hit the curb so hard your wheel broke off the bearings” “You totally took him out” etc etc.
In all seriousness though everyone this situation was very dangerous. These riders could have easily been in the way of a car. In my heat a car pulled out in the middle of me and Swagmasters run. I could have skated the hill all day as a group and not done heats and it would have been safer. Re-think traffic control and know the road your skating on. Expect the unexpected. Shit happens, ride safe and ride forever. – Leecifer over and out
P.S. I think you did take him out Gregg. Your line was sketchy.
Please wear all your protective safety gear when riding. Skateboarding is a dangerous sport and these haybales are not very soft. Use caution and stay within your limits. Do not try this at home.
So as I have gathered lots of extreme sports footage….mostly skateboarding I have decided to pull a crash clip a week and make it into a short clip. I hope everyone enjoys this new section. Crashes are always a hit. Even the people who crash will come up to me and ask if I got it on film. Crashing is part of the game and you gotta pay to play.
This footage was pulled from an event called the Dragon Skate Race back in 2011. It was held in Irvine, Ca and it was a lot of fun. If you want to read more about the event you can check out the post at the following link. http://adrenaline-fueled.com/?p=1182- Leecifer
Niko Kroha gets up close and personal with the camera for a rad shot. Thanks Niko! Photo By: Lee Eisler
1st (center)- Max Capps, 2nd (left)- Sean Brinegar, 3rd (right)- Nathan Marton. Photo By: Lee Eisler
Sunny and already tired I headed over to check out the race. Finding out the semi finals were going by I quickly skated and power walked up the hill to get my spot. It seemed like a never ending flow of many familiar and many unfamiliar faces flying by. Unsure of what was going on I just started snapping some pics. It wasn’t long until what turned out to be the final heat went by (The results are shown below).
It was great seeing all the familiar faces I haven’t seen in some time. Many first time racers and many stoked families. The race only cost a dollar so it was to be taken lightly and meant to be fun which it was. I have to admit this was much cooler than I thought it was going to be! – Leecifer
Alli Adams is a name most downhill skaters know through her brother Spencer Adams or through their random friend requesting of skaters through facebook. Most people don’t know much about her except the fact that she is Spencer Adam’s sister and she skates. We took the time to sit down with Alli and find out a little bit more. One thing I know is that I have skated with Alli several times and she’s known to be the first one’s down from time to time. Her tuck is much more badass than mine.
Alli Adam’s sits and watches the sun setting after a long day of shredding. Photo By: Amish Patel
Adrenaline Fueled- Hey Alli, can I get your number?
Alli Adams- Haha, definitely not
AF- What do you love most about skateboarding?
AA- I love the feeling it gives me going down a hill. You can release all the drama of life, it just goes away when you skate.
AF- How do you feel about all the skater guys giving you so much attention?
AA- Attention is nice in moderation.
AF- What pressures if any do you have to get better?
AA- Right now I have sponsors, so I want to rep their products and show everyone else in the skating community what my sponsors have to offer. That’s why there is pressure to skate well and attend events.
Rod Gon chasing Alli down the hill. Check out that badass tuck! Photo By: Spencer Adams
AF- Were the picture on facebook of you sliding photoshopped?
AA- Are you kidding?
AF- Yea the ones upl0aded to facebook.
AA- (laughing) No they weren’t Photoshopped. They went straight from my mom’s camera to the computer.
Pendy for the camera Alli! Photo By SPencer Adams
AF- How is it skateboarding with your brother (Spencer “The Spez” Adams)? Is it weird?
AA- It can be annoying sometimes but for the most part it’s always awesome to have a skate buddy who’s also my twin brother.
Adams family twin draft train. Photo By: Uriel Meza
AF- What are your goals as far as skateboarding goes?
AA- To continue to improve. You know, I’m not doing this for anyone else. I’m doing it for myself and so right now my goals are just to stay happy and keep doing what I love, see where it takes me.
AF- We understand that you like to enter beauty pageants also. Is it true that you are Miss Newport Beach, CA?
AA- Yes, I am Miss Newport Beach 2011 and it was a lot of fun to compete in a beauty pageant. I might enter Miss California in the future so we’ll see but it’s nice to have different hobbies. They balance each other out.
AF- What do the other pageant girls think about your skateboarding?
AA- Well I tried to get them into skateboarding but they wouldn’t touch a skateboard! Sooooooo that didn’t really work, but they are all really nice and supportive.
Miss Newpot beach 2011. Photo By: Mike Steele
AF- What made you want to start skateboarding?
AA- I really did it with my brother because he picked it up during the summer while we were in Idaho and I really wanted something I could do with him that would be fun, that we could do together and share together. It turned out to be longboarding! It’s amazing to always have my brother there.
AF- How long have you been riding?
AA- About a year and a half.
AF- What is your favorite part about skateboarding?
AA- I love it all! I mean, going fast is such an amazing adrenaline rush. While there are frustrating aspects of the sport like skate drama and falling, at the end of the day, nothing beats the way longboarding makes me feel.
Soul riding. Photo By: Spencer Adams
AF- Who is the most influential skateboarder for you?
AA- Max Capps. He’s been with me through it all. From my first hill to my first time sliding to my first race. He’s such a talented skater and he has always been willing to help me and push me to be the best skater I can be.
AF- What inspires you to go outside and skateboard?
AA- There are a couple things that really inspire me. I do it for the feeling. I mean it’s an amazing rush every time I get on the board, feel the breeze in my hair and focus on the road ahead.
Outta my way. Photo By: Spencer Adams
AF- Who is your favorite skateboarder of all time?
AA- Of all time? (laughs) This ones probably gonna have to go to K-Rimes (Kevin Reimer)…..we’ll just leave it at that.
AF- So is it true then that K Rimes once spent the night at your house?
AA- Yes, it’s true. He stayed overnight with my family. We had dinner, played foosball and had a great time together.
AF- Anyone you wanted to give a shout out too before we wrap things up?
AA- Yes. I want to give a shout out to ALL the women of skating. What a group of awesome, inspiring and bad-ass girls! Keep shredding!
I love skateboarding. Skating local stuff and not having to drive far can be fun too sometimes. Here’s just a quick little edit from some skating in the Mission Viejo area with some member of the Irvine Downhill and Garage Riders group. Enjoy it! I don’t have much more to say other than skateboarding rules and we love it down here in sunny southern California!
The SDCG (San Diego Chain Gang) comes up to go garaging and throw a free race meant primarily for fun every once in awhile. This one happened November of 2011 in Irvine as usual.
Rod Gon seems to be somewhat of the leader of the chain gang and he organizes the event. There were tons of new faces though and many first time racers. Carly Richardson from Landyachtz even came all the way down from Canada just for this race. Victor from sector 9 showed up as always for the SDCG events. The level of stokage was pretty high and grew as the night wore on. The garages were fun and there tons of people crashing onto each other.There were lots of bloody knees and elbows everywhere.
We continued on to the second location and raced, skated, had funand finally ran the award ceremony. At the end of the night the previous king (Rod Gon) handed over the crown to Drew Edwards making him the new king of the garage…until next time. – Leecifer
The 2011 Dragon Skate Race held on California Ave in the University of California Irvine was a day full of fun and excitement for everyone.
Tyler Hampson and Spencer Adams fully suited up
The event was hosted by UC Irvine’s Beta Theta Pi as a charity event to help raise money for the The Free Wheelchair Mission which is a nonprofit organization that helps provide wheelchairs to people in developing countries that can’t afford one. The wheelchairs cost $59.20 to manufacture.
The race was not held on a very exciting course however the addition of hay bails at the end caused for some great crashes and excitement for the crowd.
Setting up the second wall in stopping riders from hitting the street
Some riders would pin it full speed launching off their boards exploding through the hay bails landing in the street on the other side. Hay bails would disintegrate as riders bailed through them at over 30 m.p.h.
Other riders chose to throw a slide or foot brake before hitting the painfully hard hay bails while lots more riders avoided them completely.
Putting hay back into place moments after a rider exploded throught he hay bails
Full padding and helmets were required for all riders. The cost of entry was $10 which got you 2 runs. Each additional run was $5.
The course was set up with a high tech timing system using wires in the ground that would start and then stop the times as riders would cross over them.
The Irvine Downhill & Garage Riders (IDGR informally named by Spencer Adams) is a group of local Orange County skaters. We love to skate hills throughout Orange County. Heres a video of a day and a night of skating.
Riders: Chris Culliney, Bryce Gerard, Lee Eisler, Spencer Adams, Alli Adams