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The MuirSkate Downhill Disco 2013

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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.

The Muir Downhill Disco 2013! Woot.

The MuirSkate Downhill Disco 2013! Woot.

Sara "The Shocker" Paulshock, workin' it.

Sara “The Shocker” Paulshock, workin’ it.

Leave no trace.

Leave no trace.

Ladies and gentlemen, the lovely Amanda Powell.

Ladies and gentlemen, the lovely Amanda Powell.

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Kurt manning the Resource Distribution tent.

Kurt manning the Resource Distribution tent.

Approaching the main hill.

Approaching the main hill.

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.

The Disco crowds, bringin' the Downhill.

The Disco crowds, bringin’ the Downhill.

Big Lou board sliding the funky launch ramp / rail box.

Big Lou board sliding the funky launch ramp / rail box.

The roller was a fun for all obstacle.

The roller was a fun for all obstacle.

The disco point.

Brett Ciabattini with the disco point for the camera.

Aaron told everyone as an April fools joke, that he was out of commission...

Aaron told everyone as an April Fools joke that he was out of commission…

Homegurl Brooke, always holding it down.

Homegurl Brooke, always holding it down real proper like.

Big Dave, layin' down the law.

Big Dave, layin’ down the law.

Louis Pilloni puttin on a show.

Louis Pilloni puttin on a show.

Participants shred their way down the Disco Hill.

Participants shred their way down the Disco Hill.

Stand up's for the spectators.

Stand ups for the spectators.

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 big air comp crowds start to form.

The big air comp crowd starts to form.

Dane Webber, scaring away the from Jasper with his awkward conversation.

Dane Webber, scaring away grom Jasper with his awkward conversation.

Brian Bishop gives us the good word as the big air comp get's under way.

Brian Bishop gives us the good word as the big air comp gets under way.

Tyler Howell, trying his hand at the big air ramp.

Tyler Howell, trying his hand at the big air ramp.

Disco flair from Daniel Luna.

Disco flair from Daniel Luna.

A spectator looks on in awe as the big air comp melts faces.

A spectator looks on in awe as the big air comp melts faces.

Go bigger or go home.

Go bigger or go home.

Scott Lembach, the man with the plan, having a go at the big air ramp.

Scott Lembach, the man with the plan, having a go at the big air ramp.

Bishop, going big, as per usual.

Bishop, going big, as per usual.

Sooooo much steeeze.

Sooooo much steeeze.

One of Dan Couch's attempts, gone wrong.

One of Dan Couch’s attempts, gone wrong.

"Move the landing ramp further back..." said Bish.

“Move the landing ramp further back…” said Bish.

Fall into the gap.

Fall into the gap.

Lord Scott surveys the crowd from the landing of the big air ramp.

Lord Scott surveys the crowd from the landing of the big air ramp.

Eject! Eject!

Eject! Eject!

Distance Dan taking his winning jump of the big air comp.

Distance Dan taking his winning jump of the big air comp.

Big air badasses.

Big air badasses, Ross Druckrey, Dan Couch, and Brian Bishop

Dan and Dubes stokin' out after Dan won the big air comp.

Dan and Dubes stokin’ out after Dan won the big air comp.

Of course, there was a healthy gear toss to conclude the Disco.

Of course, there was a healthy gear toss to conclude the Disco.

King Steve Kong holdin' it down atop the Muirskate Van with the prizes

King Steve Kong holdin’ it down atop the Muirskate Van with the prizes

Doling out the prizes to the hungry mob.

Doling out the prizes to the hungry mob.

Then this happened.

Then this happened.

A tumultuous disco crowd.

A stoked out and tumultuous disco crowd.

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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