Friday afternoon Louis tags me in a post on facebook.
I get online and check it out and its details for some outlaw race in LA that was meant to be only 20 minutes away from the skate house and on the next morning. He said it was meant to be some small low-key thing on a cool little street in the suburbs, we watch thevideo of the track and figure it should be fun and decide to hit it up.
Saturday morning we show up and say g’day to the 20 something stoked kids and locals that had gathered, and not before long it became apparent that word had spread about this little gathering. One by one some familiar faces started to show up, such as Mischo Erban, Zak Maytum (Aka Roger Beaumont), Max Capps, Danny Conner, Tim Del Rosario, and a whole bunch of other So-Cal shredders. It was a pretty solid turn-out for such a low-key gathering.
The hill was pretty fun for a road tucked away in the middle of LA. It wasn’t super fast but offered left-right sweeper combinations before hitting left hand hair-pins, and then repeat. There was a lot of flow on this track and the pavement was nice and smooth.
Frankie Obregon, the young fella who decided to throw the event together got things under control with spotters at the bottom with radios to help control traffic, and the area was nice and quiet with friendly locals so that helped a lot with being able to run a closed road.
The event was pretty laid back, which gave it a pretty sweet vibe. Everyone was chilling out, taking a few practice runs here and there and feeling the style of the hill, and once it was decided there were enough riders present to compete racing got underway. Heats were thrown together in no particular order, whoever decided to jump into a heat just jumped in and away we went.
It was a simple elimination system with no ‘tree’ or race-bracket, everyone kind of figured out if you didn’t come first or second you were out of the race, but still stoked to hang around shredding the hill and sinking some cold refreshments.
There were some pretty solid heats throughout the day, I had some fun riding with Louis and some other LA locals, but once there were only a few of us left it just got nice and rowdy.
Semi finals saw Max Capps, Roger Beaumont (Zak), Peter Eubank,Louis and myself. We all pushed off pretty solid and went into the first corner section as a tight grid. Whoever was on the inside dived in and elbows were out, shoulders bumping super rowdy style. The lead was swapped a few times and eventually Zak and Max crashed themselves out and Louis and I made it onto the finals, which also consisted of Tim Del Rosario and Daniel who was shredding all day in his first ever race!
Once again it was a tight start with us bunched up into the first corner, but Louis and I got a bit further ahead and played tag down the rest of the hill. I snaked the lead at one point but then lost speed in a corner and Louis managed to sneak by, and held it all the way to the finish with me tight on the trail.
Really stoked on such a fun day and a rad little event. Major props to all the supporting companieswho threw down some schwag to be given out to all the groms and newbies!
Frankie did a great job getting everyone together and putting on the show, there were smiles all around and the locals seemed to really be into it. Keep up the good work Frankie!