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Growth and Development: The SFV Slide Jam

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It has been about a year and two months (according to the Skate[Slate] article) since I last reported on the cool cats of the SFV longboarding group. I wrote my first article about the San Fernando Valley Longboarders way back when they use to be known as The Northridge Longboarders group. Back then, they were a motley bunch of valley kids looking for an escape from the monotony of the day to day. A solid group of individuals simply out there to spread the stoke and get people together one day a week to enjoy a healthy helping of incline skating. Fast forward a year, and if you needed any kind of confirmation as to the growth of the sport, look no further, this is your litmus test.

My first article covering The Northridge Longboarders, circa April 2012:

The Northridge Longboarders Group

This last weekend, the SFV Longboarders celebrated their first official slide jam. Despite a last minute location change, and the sweltering heat of an early summer afternoon, the jam went off without a hitch. The jam, attracting the sponsorship support and attention of some of the biggest names in the business, had competitors flying in from as far away as New York City. The once grassroots longboarders of Northridge have matured into quite the hub for Southern California coordination and networking. If birds of a feather or a ride out to the canyons is what you’re after, it’s nothing a quick post in the SFV forum can’t resolve.

Watch, and learn.

Watch, and learn.

The hill was nice.

The hill was nice.

Proper documentation always somehow involves getting closer to the action.

Proper documentation always somehow involves getting closer to the action.

Fancy feet.

Fancy feet.

The hill had an ultra soapy  surface, meaning big slides and huge bails.

The hill had an ultra soapy surface, meaning big slides and huge bails.

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Dog Town legend Jesse Martinez came out to try his hand at the hill.

Dog Town legend Jesse Martinez came out to try his hand at the hill.

Shirtless, and on cored wheels. Pledging.

Shirtless, and on cored wheels. Pledging.

Gettin' low.

Gettin’ low.

Daniel Song, threading the needle.

Daniel Song, threading the needle.

Judge Dread, floatin' the hard wheel slides all day.

Judge Dread, floatin’ the hard wheel slides all day.

Slash!

Slash!

Former SFV President Joe Gutkowski.

Former SFV President Joe Gutkowski.

Joe, still steezin.

Joe, still steezin.

Duane Peters, gettin' low with the layback.

Dwayne Johnson, gettin’ low with the layback.

Louis P. has learned to just travel around in this stance.

Louis P. has learned to just travel around in this stance.

Oh yes.

Oh yes.

Daniel November "sing me a..." Song blasting.

Daniel November “sing me a…” Song, blasting the hill again.

Respect to Austin Eldridge for being able to do this trick, puck down or not, it's a pain to stick.

Respect to Austin Eldridge for being able to do this trick.

Coop demonstrates that the Wu-Tang clan is indeed nothing to F#$% with.

Coop demonstrates that the Wu-Tang clan is indeed nothing to F#$% with.

Hosting their own jam has acted to establish something of a stake in the sand for the SFV longboarders. The Los Angeles scene has always been a bit disjointed due to it’s vast geographical size. And as the scene grows and matures, we have begun to see the formulation of various smaller longboarding factions, all throwing their hats into the ring to coordinate their own gatherings and sessions. However, what the SFV longboarders have done is act to establish a group within which all of the various cliques can come together and weigh in. A central meeting place for all of the SoCal warriors of skate to exist and discuss. The knights of SoCal’s skateboarding round table, all able to keep tabs on what’s new, and what’s happening on a grass roots level, from week to week. Moreover, with the success of last weekend’s slide jam, the SFV Longboarders have plainly earned their organizational stripes. Making moves and solidifying the group’s importance within the Los Angeles scene which we all know and love so dearly.

Taste the heat, not the meat.

Taste the heat, not the meat.

Crew.

Crew.

Gatoradin'.

Gatoradin’.

Alex Ameen actually broke some of the junk in his hand from this fall... Sorry bruddah.

Alex Ameen actually broke some of the junk in his hand from this fall… Sorry bruddah.

Hugo Limon, practicing his disco point.

Hugo Limon, practicing his disco point.

Pat Schep and Sam Hay. Weird.

Pat Schep and Sam Hay. Hmm, weird.

Cindy Zhou, suffering from hallucinations as a result of the extreme heat.

Cindy Zhou, suffering from hallucinations as a result of the extreme heat.

Rachel "Bagels" Bruskoff, running the show.

Rachel “Bagels” Bruskoff, running the show.

Longest Standup comp got heated... like.. more heated then the day already was.

Longest Standup comp got heated… like.. more heated than the day already was.

Zak Mayall, core forever.

Zak Mayall, core forever.

Coop, layin' it back, while stand up, so hard.

Coop, layin’ it back, while stand up.

"What does it say about us that we let a kid with a cast  compete?"

“What does it say about us that we let a kid with a cast compete?”

Rachel: "Hahaha!", Louis: "Ahahaha!", Kyle: "HahAHA!"

Rachel: “Hahaha!”, Louis: “Ahahaha!”, Kyle: “HahAHA!”

Sam won longest slide... with a cast on. Baus.

Sam won longest slide… with a cast on. “#yolo” -Sam.

So. Much. Gear.

So. Much. Gear.

No one was excited because Kyle kept throwing out sweatshirts.

No one was excited because Kyle kept throwing out sweatshirts.

Camilo, doling gear.

Camilo, doling gear.

The Enigma!?

Steven Seagal face!

A big thanks to Rachel Bruskoff, Matt Peckson, Kyle Chin, and all the event sponsors for helping put together a rad event, doling out a huge amount of product, and ultimately stoking out the majority of the LA / Valley scene like no one else’s business – you are awesome.

To learn more about the San Fernando Valley Longboarders, or to get plugged in to what’s happening, simply visit their Facebook page:

The San Fernando Valley Longboarders

 

Thanks for reading, now coordinate, and go skate.

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