The 2nd Annual Malibu Hit It and Quit It Invitational[wptouch target=”mobile”]
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.
[sam id=”8″ codes=”true”]
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.
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.
[sam id=”9″ codes=”true”]