Idaho Spot Check with LBID’s Parker Schmidt // Longboard Idaho
Parker Schmidt has been on our radar for a bit. The yung ripper for Omen has been hitting us up with photos and notes on the scene and we finally found some time to get something together here as he dropped us a scene report from the great state of Idaho and his community of Boise in particular. Just in time too as the Bogus Basin Gravity Games are about to kick off October 15th.
Parker has been hitting me up for a bit now. Most of the time he’s just ‘doing his job’ to represent himself and the brands that support him. He’s a stoked grom. Sorry Parker, don’t be offended. To some, grom is an insult, to others an honor. Being a grom is part of the game if you want to be sponsored and in the Industry versus just out there skating for you. What has started to set Parker apart as a maturing sponsored rider and not just a grom? Instead of just hitting me up with some photos or videos and asking for exposure, he started asking me what he could be doing to better the community and how to ensure there was one for him as into the future. I told him it all starts at home.While Parker is from Idaho. I am not only Canadian, I love the ocean and mountains and so I know literally nothing of Idaho except for spuds. Represent the place and people you skate with most, by not only respecting them and the spots, but helping gain exposure for your community and not just yourself. I sent him some examples from Scott at Muir and NoCoast and SL’UT that all stand out for me. And being the good grom that he is, he went out and did just that.
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Parker skates with the Longboard Idaho [LBID] crew that’s growing out of Boise. Be sure to check out the Bogus Basin Gravity Games and hit them up if you can make the trip! Here’s what he’s got to say:
Chances are if somebody asked you, “Dude have you been to Idaho yet? You wouldn’t believe the hills they have out there.” You’d think that they’re blatantly lying to you, or you might even have to ask where Idaho even is! Well, truth is, that Idaho is home to some of the greatest foundations for downhill longboarding. If you’re willing to put in a little bit of effort to find the good stuff.
Idaho is not only mountainous, it is the Gem State and produces 72 types of precious and semi-precious stones (don’t believe me ask google). Idaho also has 3,100 miles of rivers – more than any other state. The capital, Boise, is set in the Rocky Mountain foothills and split by the Boise River, which is popular for rafting and fishing.
So we might have hills. You’ll have to come see. But who in Idaho even skates? Well, Idaho has some big roots. In addition to the just opened World Class “Rhodes Skate Park,” Johnnie Shillereff, founder of Element, is opening up his new shop called “304 Americana, an Element Experience.” Where there’s a skateboard and some hills, naturally downhill develops as part of the scene. With the emergence of downhill as more of a community of its own, discovering on in Idaho is only a natural effect.
There’s an ever growing community located in Boise in particular, “LBID” or Longboard Idaho [Facebook page here]. These spud rippers haven’t been around for long, but they have made their way in the local community in a positive way. Working along with the local ski resort Bogus Basin in creating an annual Gravity Games. The Games last year were a great place to meet up the locals, and skate one of the favorite mountain passes and we’re all stoked for this year. Hopefully others will come visit the community as well and if you’re lucky, they might take you to their favorite downhill and freeride spots in the area.
There are many notable local riders in the LBID crew and Idaho. I wish I could name them all, but I would like to just name a few who have gone out of their way to help grow this community in my eyes as we lead up to the games here. And I know if you hit any of them up, they’d show you how to hit our state the right way.
First off, would be Brandon Ayllon, who when he’s not studying at college or working a full time, he’s shredding. Highly known for the push races he puts on in particular, but Brandon has helped expose the community of downhill and freeride to those who thought there wasn’t anything more to longboarding than cruising around town and small push races.
Another rider who most riders in the community would feel comfortable calling him “dad” would be Josh Anderson. Every Friday, Josh brings his family down to the local park (Kleiner Park) to host Friday Night Kleiner Sessions. Bringing in the attention of newcomers to LBID and teaching the basic skills like pushing, braking safely, as well as, setting up cones for people to try more technical skills or riding slalom. These weekly events are a hit with families, newcomers and even just the crew to meet up.
I’d also like to bring to attention an OG Idaho rider Paul Beverly. The man who introduced a lot of riders to technical downhill and the ways of Bogus Basin. He had assisted the Gravity Games organizers in giving a skater’s perspective on how downhill events are typically ran, which played the part in allowing for such a smooth event. Even though he isn’t living in Idaho any longer, he played a major part in building the foundation of the Longboard Idaho community.
So next time you’re driving to a super gnarly state to go skate in and you happen to pass through Idaho. Remember that there are communities scattered all over the country and there just so happens to be one in Idaho. The people here will insure that you have a fantastic skating experience and will leave you wanting to come back for more. While I could hope to have covered everyone, I hope this inspires you to check us out.
Parker Schmidt takes you down Bogus Basin’s Jungle and Repaved section of road:
Don’t forget to check out the Bogus Basin Gravity Games here.