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The 2nd Annual Malibu Hit It and Quit It Invitational

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When someone mentions the word “outlaw”, many things come to mind. Take Somalian pirates for example. To me, these people are outlaws. Individuals who pay no regard to the laws of civilization. People governed only by their will to survive. I imagine a grizzly looking fellow with a swarthy complexion, unshaven, a bandana tied across the brow, maybe a Kalashnikov slung over the shoulder, bullet straps done up in an X fashion across the body, a crooked looking “Jafar-esque” dagger gripped firmly between the teeth. These are the traits that seem to embody all of the juicy characteristics of an outlaw, maybe even a freedom fighter depending on what part of the world you’re from, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. The real topic of conversation here, is skateboards, specifically ones designed to plummet down hills. Now there’s no getting around the fact that in SoCal some of the best places to test the limits of your incline oriented skateboard (and yourself) are in Malibu. Home to a highly concentrated collection of steep inclines and high speed hair-pins, Malibu has a uniquely laid out roadway network that puts eight to ten of some of the most thrilling downhill descents all within 10 to 15 minutes of each other. In other words, a downhill skateboarders wet dream. However, as tantalizing and thrilling as all of these things may be, there lies the unescapable fact that in Malibu downhill skateboarding is largely illegal.

Dustin Hampton and Adam Stokowski shot this rad video covering the event, watch it.

So with this said, it brings me back to my original point, the outlaw. An event or an individual who pays heed not to the rules and regulations of civilization, a soldier of fortune, a vigilante, a dissident. While the law dictates that the majestic and serene beauty of the roadways of Malibu must be enjoyed either while straddling a bike, or from behind the windshield of a car, there are some who choose to ignore these mandates. Individuals, who instead of accept the status quo, have broken free of the cage like confines of the automobile, or the cumbersome qualities of the bike. These individuals, outlaws or not, are the downhill skateboarders of the 2nd Annual Malibu Hit It and Quit It Invitational.

The outlaws gather.

The outlaws gather.

I'm a dapper dan man.

I’m a dapper dan man.

Dane Webber points at the man with the plan.

Dane Webber points at the man with the plan.

Michael Malone with so much green machine.

Michael Malone with so much green machine.

Ery'body regroups and prepares for the first run of the day.

Ery’body regroups at the first hill and prepares for the first run of the day.

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The storm approaches.

The storm approaches.

Gregg Kent leading the pack down the straight in the aerolid.

Gregg Kent leading the pack down the straight in the aerolid.

Chris D'Alessandro, so deep.

Chris D’Alessandro, so deep.

Pat Schep, being tentative.

Pat Schep, being tentative.

Greg Bargaehr haulin'.

Greg Bargaehr haulin’.

So much high speed GoPro action.

So much high speed GoPro action.

This particular road gets you going into the high 50's, and with 35 people, it's... thrilling.

This particular road gets you going into the high 50’s, and with 35 people, it’s… thrilling.

Tim Del, charging on a double kick.

Tim Del, charging on a double kick.

More drafting then an architecture firm.

More drafting than an architecture firm.

Hugo Limon, with the tae kwon do hands.

Hugo Limon, with the tae kwon do hands.

Hey you Muir Van! Get out of my shot.

Hey you Muir Van! Get out of my shot.

Trevor Baird, aka The Professor, leading the class on a field-trip.

Trevor Baird, aka The Professor, leading the class on a field-trip.

Pat "Dad" Schep, trailing close behind The Professor.

Pat “Dad” Schep, trailing close behind The Professor.

The look of... "Oh no, I forgot to give my keys to the shuttle driver..."

The look of… “Oh no, I forgot to give my keys to the shuttle driver…”

Lil' Sam Hay has matured into the most deviant of all of the Malibu groms.

Lil’ Sam Hay has matured into the most deviant of all of the Malibu groms.

Amanda Powell, in the thick of it, #Yolo'ing, hard.

Amanda Powell, in the thick of it, #Yolo’ing, hard.

Rachel "Bagels" Bruskoff, leathered out and committed.

Rachel “Bagels” Bruskoff, leathered out and committed.

After the run, the armada quickly loads back into their vehicles, on to the next location!

After the run, skaters hurriedly load back into their vehicles, on to the next location!

The concept of this event, originally devised by the recalcitrant maverick who shall only be known as “Dusty”, is simple. Pit thirty-five to forty of SoCal’s best downhill skateboarders against all of the winding corners and curves of the mighty Malibu, while only hitting each road once to keep the heat off of our tail. Like some kind of proverbial Smokey and the Bandit tale of reaping the rewards while running from the law, the Malibu Hit It and Quit It has become a highly anticipated yearly event that not only tests the skill of its participants, but also stokes the fire of thrill and excitement one can only get from blatantly disregarding the long arm of the law.

The convoy of skaters arrives at the next run and prepares for a group shot.

The convoy of skaters arrives at the next run and prepares for a group shot.

I later found out that not everyone who attended made it into the group shot. Sorry Kyle n' friends!

Stoic coal miner face group shot. Devious Sam Hay with the fake peen steeze.

Speeeeeed!

Speeeeeed!

Dane Webber, tongue dragger.

Dane Webber, tongue dragger.

Sonso Sanchez is about as maverick as they come.

Sonso Sanchez is about as maverick as they come.

Sonso again, flying into the left.

Sonso again, flying into the left.

A middle finger to the nanny state.

A middle finger to the nanny state.

Francis "Coop" Mauro always has the fanciest of skate poses.

Francis “Coop” Mauro always has the fanciest of skate poses.

Ancient Egyptian Stance.

Ancient Egyptian Stance.

Tim Del, bringin' up the rear as this trio of terror rules the road.

Tim Del, bringin’ up the rear as this trio of terror rules the road.

Oodles and oodles of hairpins.

Oodles and oodles of hairpins.

A trail of skaters snakes their way down the canyon slopes.

A trail of skaters snakes their way down the canyon slopes.

Greg Bargaehr drafts Matt Peckson down a mega Malibu run.

Greg Bargaehr drafts Matt Peckson down a mega Malibu run.

Draft train.

Draft train.

Stickin' lines, near and far.

Stickin’ lines, near and far.

Stretching and throwin' stones as the group makes it way from run to run.

Stretching and throwin’ stones as the group makes its way from run to run.

Chris D'Alessandro is stoked.

Chris D’Alessandro is stoked.

No Nonsense Schep.

No Nonsense Schep.

Sonsooo!

Sonsooo!

I believe you refer to this as, "Derping".

I believe you refer to this as, “Derping”.

Behind the blackened visor of a warrior downhill SheSkater lies nothing but smiles.

Behind the blackened visor of a warrior downhill SheSkater lies nothing but smiles.

The lumbering MuirVan.

The lumbering MuirVan.

Pretty self explanatory.

Pretty self explanatory.

One of our runs included passes through cloud cover seeping in from the ocean.

One of our runs included passes through cloud cover seeping in from the ocean.

This is the face of "Stoke".

This is the face of “Stoke”.

Gas Pedalin'.

Gas Pedalin’.

Sonso Sanchez again, blasting around this right through the mid day heat.

Sonso Sanchez again, blasting around this right through the mid day heat.

Rachel "Bagels", full tilt.

Rachel “Bagels”, full tilt.

Stoked on the happenings of the day, the crew prepares for their final run.

Stoked on the happenings of the day, the crew prepares for their final run.

Sonso and Pat, hyped to stick it to the man.

Sonso and Pat, hyped to stick it to the man.

A true renegade drinks from the bottom of the can.

A true renegade drinks from the bottom of the can.

Dustin Hampton, floatin' the heal side behind Pete Eubank.

Dustin Hampton, floatin’ the heal side behind Pete Eubank.

Squat Steeze.

Squat Steeze.

Surfin.

Surfin.

Sam Hay is all crouching tiger on his way into the Jersey Barrier turn on a mega Malibu incline.

Sam Hay is all crouching tiger on his way into the Jersey Barrier turn on a mega Malibu incline.

Joe "GI Joe" Gutkowski man handling the Jersey Barrier right.

Joe “GI Joe” Gutkowski man handling the Jersey Barrier right.

Just... epic.

Just… epic.

Greg. being chided on by mother natures rays.

Greg. being chided on by mother nature’s rays.

Adam Stokowski skates down into the canyon as Greg pilots the shuttle car.

Adam Stokowski skates down into the canyon as Greg pilots the shuttle car.

The aftermath.

The aftermath.

While I’m not necessarily condoning civil disobedience, because we do have to remember that as cool as pirates are they sometimes do kinda kill people, which sucks, you can’t escape the fact that “illegally'” (quotation finger gestures) blasting down hills along side the best that the SoCal DH scene has to offer is pretty damn epic. And there it is, the allure of the outlaw, the thrill of the chase. The tantalizingly charming appeal of renegade. The “just enough bad to balance out the good” kind of situation. Downhill skateboarding may be illegal in Malibu, but it hasn’t stopped the rebellious sport from proudly flying its skull and crossbones flag.

 

Thanks for reading, now get outside and instead of scuttling a cargo ship like a Somalian pirate, go skateboard.

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