In summer of 2010, Concrete Wave
published this piece on the art of Ultraskating. I submitted the
main article, then collected a number of vignettes from other
skaters who pursue the Ultraskate.
In addition to the verbiage,
we submitted as many photos as we could collect. A couple challenges
we had were that our events were very small and not typically
covered by any professional photographers, and the other is that
it's difficult to capture the grueling, gnarly essence of ultraskating.
We did fairly well given our grassroots limitations.
You might have noticed the photos
that were chosen feature the fendered rollsrolls board a lot.
I've always considered this board a bit of a tradeoff. I rode
it largely out of necessity, as many of the Northwest Ultraskates
we took part in were incredibly rainy and wet, and additionally
at times with the temps near freezing. For those conditions the
rollsrolls made all kinds of sense. But given the choice I would
much rather be on a wood board with more "life" and
flex, and for that reason in the future I plan to hold more Ultraskates
in the warmer, drier summer season here!
Some of our additional pictures
which weren't published are now posted below.
Thank you all who pitched in
on this project, and a HUGE thanks to Michael Brooke of Concrete
Wave once again for recognizing our small band of sleep deprived
brothers and sisters!