Boneyard: D-town Throwdown
I think most people in the longboard community (myself included), don’t automatically associate a place like Texas with a thriving downhill community. There aren’t many hills and it is hot as hell during the summer. After a couple visits to the Lone Star State this year, I’m starting to change my opinion on this. While Texas doesn’t have huge crazy roads, they’ve got big parking structures and they sure know how to put on a bangin race!
While I was up in Canada, my friend Tanner (co-owner of Bombsquad and pinstriper extraordinaire) sent me a message on facebook with this flyer. Since my folks live in the area I figured it’d be a pretty rad trip to hit up DFW for a couple days to visit fam and check out a new race near my hometown.
After a quick drive around my hometown of Arlington, Texas I found a skatepark that had been built not long ago. This thing is pretty badass. I really wish it was here while I was growing up in the area.
While in the area, Tanner showed me his workshop that’s he’s got behind his house. Pretty much every badass aerolid that is painted by him happens in this shop. Pretty rad to see all the different paints, brushes and various tools he uses to make our helmets look so dope.
I put in some time helping out Tanner and his friend Dan get the garage dialed in for the race. Luckily Dan brought his gator our and we were able to use it to get the hay placed along the 13 stories of parking structure we’d be racing. Both these guys put in tons of work to make this event happen. Kudos to them.
One thing that was especially cool about this event (for me) was having my mom, grandpa and grandma come check out the race. My grandparents are both in their 90’s and have never seen a skateboard race before. Definitely more encouragement to bust ass and try to win the race.
At the top of the garage was the Skaterbird sculpture. This caught most of the locals off-guard because it just showed up randomly. The DFW crew has been hitting this garage for almost 10 years (avoiding security most the time) and now there is an official race there along with a giants skateboard sculpture at the top. Time are changing…
After many rounds of racing we ran the finals and I managed to come out victorious. Honestly, I really didn’t expect to win. They Texas guys know how to skate a garage better than just about any downhill skater. I got lucky this time but the next race will probably be a different story. (Greg Noble picture)
Race was finished but the work is never done for the hay crew. Luckily Tanner, Dan and I had a few other guys helping us out so the clean up went quickly. Thanks to all the guys that helped buck some hay bales.
Thanks to Tanner and the Bombsquad crew for putting in the legwork to get this race going. Thanks to Mark (D-town Throwdown organizer) for including a DH race this year and thanks to Greg Noble for helping run the show. Stoked that this is gonna become a yearly thing and you know I’ll be back next year.