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The 2nd Annual ILL Jam

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If I focus my mental energies really hard, I can travel back to a time when I was a spritely young collegiate wood pusher. Cruising to class on a skateboard just made sense. Apart from the obvious fact that a college math class wasn’t exactly my idea of a good time on a weekday afternoon, my cross campus commute via skateboard was a little pick-me-up just before my two hours of number crunching hell. While some scholastic stooges out there will be quick to shoot me down, claiming, “math is fun!”, or “knowledge is power!”, I myself stand behind another argument. That argument being that while, yes, knowledge is power, and yes, I’m sure calculating the distance between planets could indeed be entertaining to some degree, I prefer a more simplified method of personal entertainment and knowledge based self fulfillment. More specifically, one that does not include me measuring the various widths and lengths of the cosmos.

All the essentials for an afternoon of shred.

All the essentials for an afternoon of shred.

Horns. It's time to hit the road.

Horns. It’s time to hit the road.

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Freeway trekkin' about an hour South to the ILL jam.

Freeway trekkin’ about an hour south to the ILL jam.

With that said, coming up in college during my time, you’d be hard pressed to find a club or an organized extra curricular group willing to venture out on weekends to throw themselves down a hill on a skateboard. Like trying to locate a needle in a haystack, coming upon someone willing to set aside homework to willfully put themselves in harms way isn’t exactly commonplace in the college classroom. However, what the kids involved with the Intercollegiate Longboarding League (ILL) have done, is create exactly that. Finally formulating a welcoming, all inclusive habitat for the bio major with a wild side, the ILL has created something of a unique sphere for the adrenaline infused scholar. An association that promotes safe downhill skateboarding with all the knowledge based foundation of a classroom, the ILL has taken the element of guided learning and applied it to the sport we all know and love so dearly.

We arrive at the hill.

We arrive at the hill.

Kurt, scoping the hill and hiding from the afternoon heat.

Kurt, scoping the scene and hiding from the afternoon heat.

Lights, camera, action.

Lights, camera, action.

Zak Mayall giving the hill a close shave.

Zak Mayall giving the hill a close shave.

Homie was blasting the hill all day.

Homie was blasting the hill all day.

They're learning.

They’re learning.

A feisty gromulet, burning down some thane.

A feisty gromulet, burning down some thane.

Don't give Cameron Frazier a water bottle with a hole in the cap.

Don’t give Cameron Frazier a water bottle with a hole in the cap.

Cameron juiced Matt Peckson on his way down.

Cameron juiced Matt Peckson on his way down.

Mike Starbird, throwin' his hands up.

Mike Starbird, throwin’ his hands up.

Andrew Shumaker steezin' it out.

Andrew Shumaker steezin’ it out.

Hiking.

What goes down, must come back up again.

Ladies and gentlemen, meet Cameron Frazier.

“Oh hai!”

Two things you will learn as you progress in Skateboarding.

Two things you will learn as you progress in Skateboarding.

Rachel Bagels, gettin' sideways while Cam marvels.

Rachel Bagels, gettin’ sideways while Cam marvels.

Crushing souls.

Crushing souls.

Cameron Frazier bombing the hill on my Loaded Dancer - Real.

Cameron again, bombing the hill on my Loaded Dancer – Real.

Overlooking the hill as Mike makes his way down.

Overlooking the bottom half of the hill as Mike Starbird makes his way down.

Scenery for going sideways.

Scenery for going sideways.

At the top of the hill, was the Loaded tent.

At the top of the hill, was the Loaded tent.

Learning the art of sideways.

Learning the art of sideways.

"Who likes free stuff?"

“Who likes free stuff?”

Tossin' dem prizes.

Tossin’ dem prizes.

Gear is great.

Gear is great.

Cameron commandeered this roaming pooch for this shot.

Cameron commandeered a roaming pooch for this shot.

Hugo's got chances.

Hugo’s got chances. The raffle begins.

Groms, winning cool stuff.

Groms, winning cool stuff.

The look of not having your raffle number picked.

The look of not having your raffle number picked.

Patrick Switzer and Brian Randy Ta organizer of the ILL, getting photo bombed.

Patrick Switzer and Brian Randy Ta, organizer of the ILL, getting photo bombed.

Cameron again, showing us his blow up doll face.

Cameron again, showing us his blow up doll face.

I got an idea, let's do sit up's for a new Kanthaka!

I got an idea, let’s do sit ups for a new Kanthaka!

The sit up competitors line up.

The sit up competitors line up.

With the sit up competition underway, things got BroOotal.

With the sit up competition underway, things got BroOotal.

Mer?

Mer?

The extra broOotal define just how broOotal they are.

The extra broOotal define just how broOotal they are.

Joe Gutkowski putting the hurt on the competition.

Joe Gutkowski putting the hurt on the competition.

Joe, crushing the competition.

Joe, crushing the competition.

Washboard abs. It only took him 30min to get those.

Washboard abs. It only took him 30min to get those.

Andrew Schumaker, being Andrew Schumaker.

Andrew Schumaker, being Andrew Schumaker.

Once a year, the various factions from campuses around the Southern California area (and beyond) gather for the ILL Slide Jam / Clinic. Promoting a sphere of safe, informed skating for students and new additions alike, the ILL primarily exists to stoke people out despite having a basis built upon classroom cruising. So the next time you are trying to decide if pledging for a specific frat is worth the loss of your well preserved dignity, know that groups like the ILL stand to present you with a winning alternative to the kegger inspired extra curriculars.

Thanks for reading, now go to college, and start a club about skateboarding.

Hello? Is there anyone in there?

Or Cameron will come after you, and attempt to spoon with you in a public setting.

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