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The 5th Annual Muirskate Downhill Disco: Closing Thoughts

It’s become a sort of “notch in the belt” for a lot of us in the incline-oriented skate world. Similar to Maryhill, except with a lot more lurking and drinking, and a lot less seriousness. This was the 5th Muirskate Downhill Disco, my 4th, and while it may not have been as rowdy as some years prior, it wasn’t any less anticipated.

Pat Schep helps screw together ramps, so good.

Pat Schep helps screw together ramps, so good.

The Disco Hill.

The Disco Hill.

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The Disco Crowds.

The Disco crowds.

Groms and pros alike flocked to the out-of-the-way pump station access road, situated along side a brush covered freeway on-ramp, just as they’ve done ritualistically for the past five years. It’s one of those events where you get time to reconnect with everyone from the scene; dish out a couple hundred high-fives, get in a few awkward handshakes, share stories, update everyone on the status of your sponsors, your employment, your health. For the big kids it’s a sort of a “skate ten runs then find someone who brought a case of beer” kind of event, but for anyone looking to prove something, exposure at the Downhill Disco will get you a long way.

MuirScott Lembach, the man behind the Disco.

MuirScott Lembach, the man behind the Disco.

Max and Alex, hangin' out all cool like.

Max and Alex, hangin’ out all cool like.

Double rainbow... all the way.

Double rainbow… all the way.

Andrew Mercado slaying the parking block thing Landyachtz brought.

Andrew Mercado slaying the parking block thing Landyachtz brought.

Ricepaddy farmer Greg Bargaehr.

Rice paddy farmer Greg Bargaehr.

Steven Vera, gettin' slippery.

Steven Vera, gettin’ slippery.

Hike n' Slide.

Hike n’ Slide.

She was crushing it on the OG Skates.

She was crushing it on the OG Skates.

Tweakin.

Tweakin.

Chance Gaul with the 360 transfer like it was nothing.

Chance Gaul with the 360 transfer like it was nothing.

Gromulet steeze.

Gromulet steeze.

For the up and coming, this event is a pretty good place to go big or go home. While maybe not making this your hill to die on, steezing out a grab off the big air ramp or debuting something you’ve been working on are tactically advantageous moves if you’re looking for a bit of recognition. The disco this year was particularly interesting in regards to the attendance. With a lot more new faces beginning to throw their hats into the ring we’re starting to see the introduction of yet another generation of young skaters, all new, and all vying for a chance to cement themselves in an ever growing, ever changing skate scene.

The best event announcer  of all time, ladies and germs, Striker.

The best event announcer of all time, ladies and germs, Striker.

So much Disco.

So much Disco.

Quadcopter is go.

Quadcopter is go.

GnaRatz main man, Brad Parker, gettin' high.

GnaRatz main man, Brad Parker, gettin’ high.

Populous.

Populous.

Andrew Schumaker needs no description.

Andrew Schumaker needs no description.

While the attendance at this years Downhill Disco was just as big as ever, it feels as though we’re experiencing a bit of a transition phase. A recognition of a new troop beginning to make its way into the sport. Each year, the Downhill Disco gets bigger and more elaborate, and each year its importance as a litmus test for the well-being of our Southern California skate sphere grows more important. This year’s Downhill Disco stands to teach us a lot more than just how to properly shotgun a beer. It stands to represent the coming of a new tribe of bright eyed and bushy tailed young dare devils, all with fresh elbows, knees, and ankles, and all looking to attain a few new scars, both physically, and mentally.

Meanwhile, over at the Madrid tent.

Meanwhile, over at the Madrid tent.

A huge mention of recognition goes out to Scott Lembach, everyone at Muirskate, and for all the sponsors and volunteers who make this event possible and rad for us every year. Thank you.

Thanks for reading, now go skate.   

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