NCDH Mount Jefferson Recap

Emily Pross won open class and made history.

Two years ago I went to the North Carolina Downhill race at Mount Jefferson and had a bad time. Stress, interpersonal drama, chance oversights, bad luck, and truly terrible weather left me pretty bummed on the whole experience.

This year was very different. Instead of coming out a week beforehand to skate with a huge crew of skaters I didn’t know well, I flew out four weeks early to overdose on insanely sick North Carolina roads with a super solid crew and the locals. It was a truly righteous rip, and by the time the race came around I was pretty ready to chill and shoot the event. (more…)

Comment Section: Proposal for Alternative Downhill Skateboard Racing Classes

This post was partially inspired by watching Garrett Gourley shredding downhill on this 55″ cruiser plank.

It’s 2017 and racing is way too lit. The same ten people with years of race experience and solid wheel sponsors dominate the semifinals and podiums and only one or two rider breaks into the elite ranks every year. With racing attendance falling off, I’d like to borrow a concept from street luge and propose some alternative classes that will make racing more fun and accessible to your average skater. Without further ado, here are some fresh ideas for event organizers:

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NCDH Mount Jefferson Recap

Emily Pross won open class and made history.

Two years ago I went to the North Carolina Downhill race at Mount Jefferson and had a bad time. Stress, interpersonal drama, chance oversights, bad luck, and truly terrible weather left me pretty bummed on the whole experience.

This year was very different. Instead of coming out a week beforehand to skate with a huge crew of skaters I didn’t know well, I flew out four weeks early to overdose on insanely sick North Carolina roads with a super solid crew and the locals. It was a truly righteous rip, and by the time the race came around I was pretty ready to chill and shoot the event. (more…)

Comment Section: Proposal for Alternative Downhill Skateboard Racing Classes

This post was partially inspired by watching Garrett Gourley shredding downhill on this 55″ cruiser plank.

It’s 2017 and racing is way too lit. The same ten people with years of race experience and solid wheel sponsors dominate the semifinals and podiums and only one or two rider breaks into the elite ranks every year. With racing attendance falling off, I’d like to borrow a concept from street luge and propose some alternative classes that will make racing more fun and accessible to your average skater. Without further ado, here are some fresh ideas for event organizers:

(more…)

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