The Machado Classic Is More Than Just a Downhill Race
I am embarrassed to say, but honestly know very little about the Machado Classic. Fortunately, Team No Bull’s Greg Noble is a rad ambassador, doing everything he can for skateboarding, his crew and his home community. Greg got in touch with a recap on the event and learned me real quick why the Machado Classic is more than just a downhill race. I’m starting to leaner everything with No Bull is more than what it seems, in a very good way!
To recap the Machado Classic, Greg put me in touch with Kyle Ramsey for some words and photographer Scott Rowe for some photos. Kyle’s also doing a lot of rad things, including No-Coast which has just dropped a hand bound print skate report covering Kyle’s home turf and homies in and around Oklahoma. When you’re done reading the event report and checking out the photos from Scott Rowe, go check No-Coast and send Kyle some stoke. For now, lets both get all the details on the Machado Classic from Kyle.
The Machado Classic is so much more than just a downhill outlaw race, to some it is a right of passage, while others enjoy the sense of family and making new friendship. For the local’s Machado is the most exciting thing they will see all year, and the cops, well the cops will always hate us. The Machado has a storied and dramatic history. For those that don’t know why, the Machado Classic is named after Jason Machado. He found this road about five years ago on one of our early Boarder Crossing trips. He was struck by a car while filming the original promo video for the race. Back then it was going to be called the “Marble Outlaw.” Jason has since fully recovered and skates just as fast as he always did. Jason is always great to have out at the event keeping the crowd pumped with the bull horn. He is our local “Striker” when it comes to announcing events.
Somehow this outlaw event which spans two states has been able to go off for four years in a row. This year was attended by riders from Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Iowa, Ohio, Kansas, Missouri and even from as far away as California, Canada and Puerto Rico. Being so unique in so many ways this event garners an outpouring of support from the skate community and No-Coast couldn’t have been happier to have been a part of this event every year.
The Machado Classic is a two day event that takes place in both Arkansas and Oklahoma. Saturday is a freeride in Arkansas where we skate down a long highway that is wide enough to allow packs of 15 or 20 skaters to go at a time. The freeride is great for having fun and not worried about racing. Thanks to Team NoBull we had a giant truck that was able to fit all bout a couple riders.
(More photos from Scott Rowe below)
Team NoBull also brought snacks and water for the skaters; they kill it at every event they attend. Team NoBull which was started by the Texas crew and Greg Noble has become the glue that binds our events together. We took runs until dusk and then packed up to head back into Oklahoma for the race the next day.
The Saturday night campsite is something we all look forward to. A lot of these riders only get to see each other a few times a year, and camping always brings us closer together. Things tend to get pretty rowdy, and this year did not disappoint. Around the time the MuirSkate bus rolled in things got pretty next level. Some of us were already asleep, but the rumor is Kavon Zamanian has footage of everything. Including the fights, naked wrestling and all around debauchery. The hopes of many of those in attendance ever running for public office will be dashed when this footage is released.
On race morning everyone wakes up at the campsite which is someone’s farm that includes ponies, lots of dogs, cats and a donkey. The land owner has always been a great supporter of the event and he was also there the day Jason got hurt. The uniqueness of being able to camp right next to the race road is special, bonds and stories are always made the night before and in the morning its time to shake off the hangovers at speeds in excess of 50 MPH.
Once we closed down the road we ran a few practice runs and the skating immediately got hectic. The guys were ready to push the limits of the course, and thanks to Team NoBull, we had a lot more hay than previous years as well as the truck for hauling the riders up and down the course.
(More photos from Scott Rowe below)
Given the organization of No-Coast and Team NoBull as well as the adept racer shuttle driving of Rachael Jordahl with Team NoBull this one of the best outlaws we have had. From the start every heat was stacked with some of the best skaters from around the country. One of the unique surprises of this years event was having the MuirSkate guys out. They made a stop from their #SkateTheStates trip across the U.S. to participate in the event. They even threw out tons of swag after wards and made an awesome addition to the day.
There were also a large group of ATV enthusiasts that showed up to watch as well. Apparently it’s the banning of hunting season in that area, you do hear gun shots on occasion as you’re skating. That’s deep woods Oklahoma for you.
The entire day went really smooth thanks to the volunteers who helped keep the road safe and clear of cars. Congrats to the podium winner!
Hug thanks to the volunteers, riders, supporters and sponsors that made the outlaw a success. Please Check out the No-Coast edit for the event and Scott Rowe album below.
More rad photos from Scott Rowe: