Giant’s Head Freeride – Through Fresh Eyes
As many of you know the Giant’s Head Freeride made a comeback this year after 2014’s cancelation. As one of the longest running Freeride events in the scene, the Giants Head Freeride in Summerland, BC has claimed a place of royalty in Longboarding. I personally remember pouring over videos and photos of Giants head with my friends, excitedly brainstorming plans for our future attendance. Giants Head is even rooted into my first interests in skate media: King Brian as captured by Max Dubler. The raw power and flow of King Brian’s skating, mixed with max’s camera work still never fails to get me stoked.
Fast forward a few years and I’m fresh out of high school, free for summer and ready to make plans happen. Giant’s Head was a must. A few friends and I packed up our boards and made the pilgrimage up to Summerland.
We set out from Portland with plenty of time to spare. Thanks to our Omen homies in Seattle and the Stoop in Vancouver, we were able to squeeze as many skate parks as we could manage: Fourteen
I had heard Summerland was nice, but didn’t expect to see pristine beaches. “Summerland” is a pretty fitting name for a town that will make you question the difference between north and south.
The atmosphere was electric waiting for the first run to go down. Almost everyone present had spent the past few days on the road, not to mention the months of anticipation for this moment.
Apparently the rain on the second day was exciting enough for some. A few brave souls were doing group butt-board runs, often times losing a skater or two on the way down.
After runs, food and beach was usually the order. Just cool down and relax with friends.
Not everyone made it out to the Freeride right away. With the Maryhill Festival of Speed at the overlapping, a number of people mobbed through the night to get to the freeride for an epic event double header.
Bad Decisions Alex was in full force getting follow runs this year. Stoked to see he’s dropping monthly edits with Skate Slate, hope to see more of Giant’s Head in the July edit.
The night of any skate event tend to bring a party. I managed to keep a small camera with me throughout the night.
I’ve seen a few races where spectators implement pinecones to stir things up, but at Giants Head, the savages definitely didn’t skimp. With no hope of dodging them, racers got low and hoped to survive the barrage. Sometimes they caused upset wins and othertimes they wiped out everyone in the heat, causing a scramble of dust and boards.
A big thank you to all the organizers & supporters for continuing to keep this event a possibility. Giants head was a blast. It’s an amazing hill, in a beautiful spot. It was dearly missed in 2014, and I personally can’t wait to skate this hill again.
Thanks for enjoying my photos!