Sacramento Skimboard Sessions: Rollins Lake

Sacramento is one of the holy lands of flatland skimboarding. For good reason too, with the likes of Lon Porteus, Matt Head, Matt Matteucci, Adam Balaam, Ruben Luis Gutierrez and a long, long, long list of skimboarders who changed and influenced flatland skimboarding for future generations. Matt McDonald recently made the trip to Sac for the Land or Slam skim Jam. Here’s part 2 of the trip featuring the photos Matt captured. You can view part 1 here.

Words by Matt McDonad | EqualMotion.com

The day after the Land or Slam event in Sacramento (read about that here) DB Skimboards rider Isaac and I met up with Kayotics riders Ruben Luis Gutierrez Trey Conley and JD Brown and Tyler Lambert and Joshua Jensen for a session at Rollins Lake.

Simply put, Lake Rollins is fire. Isaac said it was easily one of his top 5 favorite skimboarding spots of all time, which says a lot. In the past, when I have traveled to shoot photos and film with skimboarders I don’t always skim myself because the skim is not that great. I had to skim Rollins Lake though and Isaac took a few photos of me skimboarding (there is a reason I shoot photos and am not in front of the camera).

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After I got a few runs in I got behind the camera and started shooting.

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Overall, this spot is an amazing place to go for the day or camp for an extended weekend. If you have a boat it is even better.

It was a great trip to Sacramento and a great way to end my two years as an employee at DB Skimboards. I still plan on being part of the skimboard community and working with Skim Magazine. Until next time skimboarders.

Sacramento Skimboard Sessions: Land of Slam

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Sacramento is one of the holy lands of flatland skimboarding. For good reason too, with the likes of Lon Porteus, Matt Head, Matt Matteucci, Adam Balaam, Ruben Luis Gutierrez and a long, long, long list of skimboarders who changed and influenced flatland skimboarding for future generations. Matt McDonald recently made the trip to Sac for the Land or Slam skim Jam. Here’s part 1 of the trip featuring the photos Matt captured. Be on the lookout for the second blog post featuring Rollins Lake outside of Sacramento next week.

Words by Matt McDonad | EqualMotion.com

I recently made the trip down to Sacramento from Washington for the 2016 Land or Slam skimboard jam with DB Skimboards rider Isaac Thomas and SeventyOne rider Logan Davidson. It was my first trip to Sacramento for skimboarding. Since it was my last gig for DB Skimboards it seemed like a fitting end to my two years at the DB.

It was pretty hot when we arrived at Paradise Beach on the American River in Sacramento, California. A few cold beverages and a little bit of shade took care of the heat though. We showed up Kayotics riders Ruben Luis Gutierrez, Trey Conley and Jd Brown already had the shore lined with a bunch of features built just for the skim jam. A lot credit has to go that trio for putting on the event and making it such a fun day for everyone who showed up.

Some highlights from the jam were Sacramento local, Kenny Prattico, throwing down left and right. Logan Davidson’s big-ass shuv grab on the corrugated pipe and Isaac Thomas and Anthony Sitch clearing the barrel gap.

It was also great to connect with the local legends. Lon and Matt are two people who I have talked with online for years, but never had the chance to meet in person. I remember seeing photos from SkimFest in Sacramento on Myspace and it was what pushed me and my friends to skimboard more and try new tricks. Without Lon and the crew holding it down for years I don’t think flatland skimboarding would have progressed at all into what it is now (whatever that is).

The whole time we were at Paradise Beach people kept telling me it was a “mellow day” for the river spot. That was because no one was fighting. Plenty of yelling was taking place on top of the hill when skimboarders messed up, but nothing crazy happened. Naturally, towards the end of the skim jam a fight almost broke out. The heavily-tribal tattooed dudes compared stories about how they both got out of jail, their dogs were actually well behaved and decided not to fight that day.

I am sure they fought right after we left.

Overall it was an amazing experience. More companies and local crews need to put on local events. It really is the only way skimboarding will grow and it sure makes people go bigger.

After the jam we ventured to IN-N-Out to refuel and then met with Ruben, Trey and JD at the local bar Players. Agressive ping pong pong games went down and I had the chance to mingle with the locals, which was both hilarious and enlightening. After our pints were empty we ventured back to the hotel to get some sleep before venturing to Rollins Lake for a skim session the next morning.

Checkout my photos below and stay tuned for the second blog post next week.

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Land or Slam: Sacrmanento Skimboard Demo

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The Sacramento SkimFest was canceled and Ruben Luis Gutierrez stepped up and is putting on Land of Slam with the help of Kayotics Skimboards, DB Skimboards, Bick Skimboards, SeventyOne Skimboards and GOON.

Where: Glen Hall Park
When: August 27th, 2016
Time: 12-4pm

More information on the Facebook Event page HERE

SacTown Throwdown Skimboard Contest Video

The 2nd Annual SacTown Throwdown happened and bangers were thrown and beers were drank and spliffs were smoked in traditional Sacramento style. It’s rad to see so many events happen this summer in the flatland world of skimboarding.

We were stoked to sponsor the event and gotta thank everyone that came out to the event as well as all the sponsors: DB Skimboards, Nectar Sunglasses, Pulse Skimboarding, Let’s Party Traction, Ground Zero Boardshop, Skim Magazine, Kayotics, Cascadia Board Company and Lyler Tambert.

Am Results:
1st-Colton Lund
2nd-Julian Vega
3rd-Keaton Donald

Pro Results:
1st-Trey Conley
2nd-Adam Balaam
3rd-Duran Bickmore

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GOON: Full-length Skimboard Movie

Goon Media’s first full length skimboarding film has officially been released. GOON exposes the history of the Sacramento crew over the past two years and shows each stop of their tour to Washington and Canada during the summer of 2014.

A few words from the filmer and editor Derek Popple.

“I’m proud to announce Goon’s first full length movie. A mixture of skimboarding and hijinks, this film documents our history over the past two years as well as each stop on our tour to Washington and Canada last summer. Check out the video and share it with everyone who will appreciate it. This is an explicit film, so don’t say we didn’t warn you.”

This movie is packed full of dabs, beers, skim, more skim and shenanigans.

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2015 Sacramento Pro Skimboard Promo Video

Checkout the new video from DB Skimboards featuring Adam Balaam and the 2015 Sacramento Pro.

More info from DB Skimboards:

The 2015 Sacramento Pro skimboard is here. Straight out of Sacramento’s flatland furnace comes the hell-ridden 2015 Sac Pro. This year’s model embodies the essence of gnar through an exceptional artistic aesthetic. Designed by Beau Thomas, one of the most talented artists from within the flatland community, the board’s full-frame base graphic captures the murderous potential that can only be found when riding the Sac-Pro.

Structurally, this year’s Sac Pro incorporates the profile and flex pattern of the original Sac Pro designed by team rider Adam Balaam. Like its predecessor, the 2015 version unveils itself as the leader in responsive maneuvers and technical tricks for advanced to professional riders. A wider base provides more surface area for faster skimming, while shorter tip to tail length reduces swing weight making rotations much faster. Side cuts along the tail and nose provide hydrodynamic planes allowing the board to snap off of the water and into effortless shuvs.

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Kayotics Skimboards: Sacramento Trash

This new Kayotics skimboard video is all filmed at Paradise Beach in Sacramento, CA.

The video features skimboerders Ruben Gutierrez, Trey Conely and Jd Brown. The skim crew shreds a whole variety of set ups using trash cans.

Filmed by Kenny Prattico
Edited by Ruben Gutierrez

More at: Kayotics.com

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