The MuirSkate Downhill Disco 2013[wptouch target=”mobile”]
Since 2010, the Muirskate Downhill Disco has served to act as a yearly bench-mark to the incline oriented skateboarder. A sensational display of mastery from the who’s who in the downhill skateboarding arena. Every year the Downhill Disco comes along, and every year things get more and more serious. Competitors go bigger, ramps get larger, obstacles more intricate, wounds more severe, and this year did not disappoint. With five or six hundred people in attendance, the 2013 Downhill Disco was the biggest I’ve attended to date.
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To understand the appeal of the Downhill Disco, one has to understand the appeal of the thrill that comes along with skating in front of a large crowd of your peers and spectators. Like a high stakes poker game, skating in front of a seething mass of people suddenly makes you realize that there is a lot more on the line than just pride. A mental game ensues, a mind over matter battle of extreme focus and skate-inspired courage. Like skating under a microscope, the test of skill comes with being able to perform despite the fine tooth comb like observation, a talent in itself.
Events like the Downhill Disco stand to represent something of a showcase. An exhibition of skill, courage, and creativity under fire. Your competence as a skateboarder measured entirely by your ability to land your tricks and appease the audience. The risk all the greater, the reward like a drug. There is no sensation I can convey that comes close to emulating the rush of a cheering crowd. A roaring verbal affirmation of your achievement. The knowledge that you accomplished a feat worth the howling elation is a something of a dream. A momentary high that resonates from deep within, a string of memories that will undoubtably last a lifetime.
The Downhill Disco has therefore fostered the birth of a very unique sphere of competition in our incline oriented world. An environment crafted solely for competitors to achieve that momentary state of skateboarding bliss. An event that brings together the best of the best for a skateboarding shoot out of epic proportions. Each year the crowds get bigger and the stakes get higher; and each year we as the audience, as skaters, are woo’ed and wowed once more. The Muirskate Downhill Disco is a dance with the extent ones own abilities, and a place where stars are born.
Thanks for reading, stoked for the Downhill Disco 2014!
Now go skate.
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