Greenskate Los Angeles
I don’t know about you, but I find there to be something oh so gratifying about that sound of sidewalk cracks passing under your wheels. It’s like an audible proof of purchase. The sound of ‘go’. A mantra for the sidewalk surfer in your soul. Downhill and freeriding both have their lovely little idiosyncrasies. The slides, the speed, the adrenaline. But there will always be something just so wonderfully simple about the equation of you, your board, and a cityscape begging to be explored. So with this simple equation acting as our inspiration, our group The Gel Lab teamed up with the good folks at Greenskate and Loaded Boards to host an event reminiscent of New York’s Broadway Bomb.
It was the Sunday after the ILL Slide Jam and I was admittedly a little fatigued. Sun kissed shoulders and arms made me question my thought process as to why I had neglected to apply sunscreen at the jam the day before. But after some time spent farting around on the internet, and three or four glasses of tea, I felt like I had recovered enough health points to drum up a partial take over of Santa Monica. Thirty minutes later and I was out the door with my camera bag slung over my shoulder, bound for the In and Out burger in the city of Westwood.
I arrived to the In and Out to find 30 or so longboarders, all itching to grapple with the urban elements. Asphalt, concrete, a city scape of almost limitless potential. The stoke was high as we took to the streets, making our way down from Westwood / UCLA to Venice beach skate park, and stopping off to session a local freeride favorite along the way.
It’s honestly a magical sight to behold, battling traffic and raging through the city streets with a pack of skaters. It’s a strength in numbers kind of feeling. Cars merge out of your way (most of the time), people look on in awe. It’s like being a part of one of those huge schools of fish you see on the Planet Earth documentary. Just a snaking cloud of steeze and style. The sounds of dirty bearings, the sweet feeling of wheels rolling on pavement.
Additional photos / larger resolution shots of the event are hosted on The Gel Lab‘s Flickr page at: