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
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.
Alli Adams started skateboarding less than a year ago. Now she’s hitting 40 mph on her local hill and throwing slides steezy and easy. I have a feeling you will be seeing a lot more of her in the up and coming future.
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
Skaters: Max Capps, Jonny Huang, Lee Eisler, Spencer Adams
GoPro held by: Max Capps
Put away the downhill boards and bust out the double kicks and mini cruisers to entertain yourself in this scenario. Ride with a group of your friends down several cement stories of hundreds of parking spaces. Right turn after right turn, it becomes a race to the bottom. Take the elevator back up for another run. Dodge a security guard…or two. Then do it again another night. Not necessarily fast yet still extremely fun, check out the battle on the way down.
This is Spencer Adams home turf and don’t plan on riding this hill uninvited. Hidden in Irvine behind gates and security guards this is a pretty exclusive hill. Watch as Max Capps takes out Spencer in a race to the bottom.