So Cal Skateshop Sketchy Slide jam and Mini Ramp Battle
Hiking to an abandoned road nestled in the hills of southern Orange County the sketchiness was already happening with kids jumping, grinding, sliding and crashing. With a great view of Saddleback Mountain and overlooking the busy freeway with cars speeding in both directions off to some important event in their lives, oblivious to the event going on in the hills above them we busted out the camera to capture some of the memorable moments.
The hill had a few features set up which included Wyatt Gibb’s kicker ramp, another ramp made by Gravity Skateboards and a round bar rainbow rail that was steep and short. To add to the sketchiness after a few kids got stung a beehive was discovered at the top of the hill. The sides of the road were over grown with spiky weeds taller than me for the most part and they seemed to find a way to use those to their advantage with gaps over them and shit.
After hiking back to the cars we headed over to the shop for a Bar-B-Q and to shred the shop’s mini ramp. With some rest and stomachs full, some missing faces and some new faces kids were bouncing off the walls and dropping in one after another after another. It was overall a great time and many disciples of skating were shown. We even saw Elijah Vinograd’s head get unscrewed with a wrench skateboard.
The day ended with these troopers winning some shwag.
King of the Jam- Wyatt Gibbs
Gnarliest Crash- Danny Ronsen
King of the Hill- Andrew Schumaker
King of the Ramp- Some shredder doing epic wallrides seen in the pics and video.
Burliest skater- Justin Beavers
Runner Up- Nicolas Escamilla
Elijah Vinograd- Best Style
Riding and edit by Jonathan ball.
Filmed by: Kinsey Aherne, Junho Park, Omar Sebai, Alec Aranowitz, Vance Tetreault
Once again Jonathan Ball kills it on his fixed gear bike slaying all the stereotypes. Fixed gear biking is rising in popularity and the tricks are getting bigger and more technical. The consequences more severe. For any of you that have tried riding these bikes it is not an easy thing. The visuals in this video include dirt jumps stairs drops and just banger after banger. This kid is a force to be reckoned with in the fixed gear biking world.
check out Jonathans blog! http://suckmycog.wordpress.com/
Boogie on down to the downhill disco
Disco balls, dancing shoes and a course designed to test out the skills of everyone who competed. That’s right! It was again time for the 2011 Downhill Disco presented by www.muirskate.com.
Everyone was stoked to be at the 2011 Downhill Disco
The course this year set the bar for years to come. “I think that kickers are going to be the big thing for the next 12 months, so you guys learn how to do them because we’re gonna do it next year too” said www.muiskate.com shop owner Scott Lembach.
What a totally disco toeside through the cones
With a constant barrage of people coming down the hill and various features set up throughout the course there was never a dull moment.
Andrew Mercado tuck knee
The riders competing in the event were separated into two different groups based on age. The younger riders were called the Disco Squad and the older group was called the A-Team.
Daniel Ralph Luna gets pitted in the Muirskate blvd tunnel
There was a race in which they timed how long it took riders to make it through the course. The course was a cones course designed to be difficult to navigate through. It included jump ramps, tunnels and a hippy jump to make things interesting for the riders and the spectators.
Through the tunnel and over the ramp is where Mike Montjoy likes to go
After the race was held for both competing groups a slide jam was held. The slide jam was full of features to help riders keep ripping.
Chance Gaul winds up for the 360
Out of all the features the big kicker ramp was the focal point. Riders were going huge. Many 180′s and even a 360 were thrown down in the list of tricks landed. No big deal.
Chance Gaul CAN fly!
The gnar bar got raised a step further when 3 brave men decided to lay at the end of the kicker ramp as skaters launched over them. 3 people soon turned to 4. It was then raised again when someone decided to sit in a green plastic chair, letting riders launch clear over his head.
Brett Ciabattini launches overa brave man chatting on the phone
The amount of people launching off the ramps, attempting and landing 180′s and getting some hang time blew me away. Everyone was sliding, and jumping, and moving to the beat.
Congratulations to the winners!
1st Place- Jimmy Riha
2nd Place- Louis Pilloni
3rd Place- Duke Degan
4th Place- Jeff Budro
5th Place- George Mackenzie
Slide Jam Results:
1st Place- Louis Pilloni
2nd Place- Jimmy Riha and Seth Brown
3rd Place- Duke Degan