?30 years after the OG race skateboarders once mobbed the track, riders once again got to race down Laguna Seca, and thanks to Connor over at Road Rider, it was a truly rad day.
The track was a quick burst. It only took a minute and some change to get down the road. But we weren’t there for a challenging track. We were there because we got to race on Laguna Seca raceway, a world-class motor-sports circuit. (Smooth pavement what?) Being a 17 year old kid, I never thought I’d be racing a course like this…let alone on my skateboard. I wasn’t the only one feeling this way either. That, itself, was a sign to us skateboarders that shit just got real.
I got to see my boy, Kyle Wester, get first after shit-talking him the night before. I got to see some OG skaters…and that was all capped off by the after-party at Santa Cruz skate shop. Mixing freestyle rapping on flutes and beat boxing made the night…and that’s not even mentioning the fact that it was on a dope ass skate shop with old skateboards everywhere.
All that aside, the race was really fun…especially being able to do something that’s so historic and having Thrasher cover the whole even. To have old school companies coming Into the sport to check it out should be a sign to all that were doing some shit right.
The more we try, the more we push, and the more we sacrifice the more the sport will give back and grow. That race wasn’t just for 32 racers to go out and race. It was for everyone in the downhill scene. It shows that people are taking notice and realizing that downhill isn’t just full of kids pushing around in flip flops and carving on pin-tails. This shit’s real. It’s gnarly. There’s an art to it, and the more the sport progresses, the more races we’ll get. It will help integrate the skate world start meshing us all together as a whole instead of having a bunch of BS skater segregation. Best recognize, skate homies. It’s getting real.