Hellfest Announces 10,000 sq. ft. Skate Park Details
Hellfest has announced details for a 10,000 sq. ft. skate park this year. It started as a humble beginning of local kids unofficially setting up shop at the festival. What set it over the edge that year was an intimate skate session with Bam Margera and CKY. As the skate has slowly evolved since 2002, 2005 will be the second year that the skateboarding will be a predominant factor at Hellfest. With vendors like Zoo York, 5 Boro Skateboards, Adio and Element attending the event, Hellfest skateboarding has gained the attention from all corners of the industry.
They've recruited the best builders, ramps and pro skateboarders to bring Hellfest to an almost unreal level of skateboarding the festival has ever seen. They've decided to take it from what seems like zero to 80 in a matter of seconds. Tim Glomb of MTV's Viva La Bam and owner of Sk8 Ramps, a company at the forefront of park building, is bringing his craft to this year's Hellfest, building us an exclusive 10,000 sq. st. public street course to be skateboarded by not only those entering our contest to qualify for United Skateboard Association's (U.S.A.) legendary Beast of the East contest, but for any ticket holder willing and able.
U.S.A. joins Hellfest for it's second time at the mega-festival for it's 8th annual Beast of the East Series qualifying competition. U.S.A. has been instrumental in setting the pace for amateur skateboarding events. Part of the U.S.A.'s success has been attributed to fostering the growth within its target market. The contest will have three divisions of competition: Intermediate, Advanced and Sponsored. So make sure you bring your board, bike & balls.
What the park has to offer: (subject to change)
Ramps located on the perimeter of the area:
One 4' tall, 12' wide quarter pipe
One 5' tall, 12' wide quarter pipe
One 4' tall, 12' wide wedge bank ramp
Ramps located in the center of the park:
One2' tall pyramid that is 20' long and 14' wide next to the following:
One junk car with a launch ramp over it, landing ramp and grind bar over
Two 8'X8' manual boxes
Four random grindboxes
Two random launch ramps
Five random length/height welded rails scattered about
Along with our unique street course will be the Red Bull Vert Ramp (closed to pro and amateur skateboarders and riders only). Red Bull along with Spohn Ranch Inc., the nation's oldest and largest full-service skate park firm offering design, construction, and operation services, will be dropping by with the 50 ft. wide and 13 ft. tall Red Bull Vert Ramp. This will be your chance to check out the industries sickest pros. The names involved:
Colin McKay (DC Shoes, Plan B Skateboards)
Jason Ellis (Powell Boards, Bones Bearings)
Christian Hosoi (Alva Skateboards, Independent Truck Co.)
Phil Hajal (Red Bull)
Charlie Wilkins (5 Boro, DVS, Accel, Krux, Movement Bearings, Project Hardware, Triple Eight, Blue Collar Distribution, Eastern Boarder Skateshop)
Dan Pensyl (5 Boro, Spitfire Wheels, Thunder Trucks, Lucky Bearings, Meastro Instruments, Nike Flow, True Blue Tattoo)
Brandon Westgate (5 Boro)
Danny Falla (5 Boro, Rival Skateshops, Rockstar Bearings, Bonerbolts, Venture Trucks (flow), Autobahn (flow), Lakai (rep flow) )
Joe Tookmanian (5 Boro, DVS Shoes, Venture Trucks, Lucky Hardware/Bearings, Hubba Wheels, Division East Skateshop)
Andy Pitts (5 Boro, Globe, Matix, Blindside, Starbucks Coffee, Todd's Bar and Grill)
Pat Smith (5 Boro, Independent Trucks, Autobahn Wheels, Coda Clothing)
Steve Rodriguez (Owner of 5 Boro)
Mark Nardelli (5 Boro)
Tom Colabraro (5 Boro)
Animal Bikes (Riders TBA)
So when you've managed to peel yourself away from the 188 bands playing this year's event, head outdoors at the Sovereign Bank Arena to try your luck at Tim Glomb's street course. Don't forget, the street course will be open to ALL ticket holders and will be asked to sign a waiver. Demo and contest times will be posted on the Hellfest website soon.
Oh, and we didn't forget the bands. Hellfest is pound to announce the next reunion show sure to evoke a little bit of chaos.
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