Might 21, 2019 at 7:58

Final month, I had the privilege of attending Tepe and Tacos a freeride skateboarding occasion downhill at SoCal. It was the primary time I participated within the occasion and I had heard so many lovely issues that expectations had been nice. I used to be not upset.

To begin with, it's Tepe – abbreviation of Tepesque – not tempeh. So many individuals slipped on the pronunciation, inadvertently saying the occasion: Tempeh and Tacos, which precipitated everybody to misjudge it on the event. Tempeh tacos appear to be a wholesome vegan meal, however that was Tepe and Tacos .

That is an annual occasion organized by Kevin Reimer and sponsored by Powel-Peralta and Skate Warehouse . The occasion is so common that the one guidelines are:

NO FRIENDS – If you don’t like one thing, don’t hesitate and proper it instantly.
HELP OUT – Occasions are an enormous effort, so give us a hand at any time when doable.
RESPECT ALL – That is an occasion for ALL. Respect them, their beliefs, selections and driving abilities.
LISTEN – If a volunteer, organizer or skater asks you one thing, hear and react accordingly.
HAVE FUN – It is a flawless occasion, no frills. It's not about successful, it's not about being the quickest, it's about having probably the most enjoyable. Do that.

Kevin requires volunteers to assist him with nook marshaling and hay bales. In change, they get a reduction on their registration charges. One other quirk about this occasion is that promotion and correspondence appear to stay primarily on Fb. If a participant had a query to ask a number of months earlier than the occasion, it was sufficient to contact Kevin on Fb. Updates or adjustments within the calendar? Test Fb. Tepe solely wants phrase of mouth and the biggest social media platform on the planet, the place posters and internet adverts are utilized by different occasions.

One other extraordinary facet is that this occasion fulfills the final word dream of tenting on the backside of the course. Get up within the morning and easily stroll to catch the Uhaul to run. You’re feeling protected leaving your tenting and skating gear on the backside of the occasion. On the finish of the day, every part you introduced is conveniently positioned the place you left off and you can begin making ready dinner and enjoyable.

The Sk8Bus of the Shasta Skatepark with Mt. Shasta within the background.

Landon Jackson lands in a peak on the backside of the Shasta skatepark.

The Sk8Bus crew at a gasoline station on our highway heading to Tepe and Tacos.

I went to the demonstration in PDX Sk8Bus with Pat Haluska, JP Rowan and I stopping driving. Thursday night time, round midnight, I completed my driving day on the campsite entrance. Excited to settle in for the night time, I let JP get behind the wheel and he drove us to the camp. A slim dust highway led us by way of varied short-term "campgrounds" till we reached a fair narrower part of vehicles parked on either side of the highway. Because the Sk8Bus has an extended kick, a number of of us jumped to assist JP information the automobile tunnel with out scratching his nostril or tail. We managed to scrub up, simply inches away from touching the parked vehicles. Triumphant in our success, JP pressed down into the small creek formed mini-ramp. Sadly, after our entrance wheels crossed the underside of the creek and began to climb, our kick-tail "longboard" made a stall of the tail on the slope behind us.

We spent about an hour discussing and making assumptions about how you can get by earlier than we resigned to the truth that we had been caught for the night time. It was not so horrible. I imply, how usually do you must sleep in a spot with a creek beneath? Fairly tender toy.

The Sk8Bus with its tail stall.

Free Cascadia!

The morning of the primary day, issues began slowly. Fortuitously, this gave the Sk8Bus time to get out of the mini-ramp the place we had been caught. We stuffed firewood and rocks underneath the rear tires and we had a bunch of fellows pushing ahead whereas Pat positioned the petal towards the metallic in the other way. Even earlier than we began the day, we had been overwhelmed! We requested some individuals to maneuver their vehicles. We backed up till we discovered an acceptable place to park, taking a lot of the dust highway and forcing different campers round us. Excellent.

Pushing!

Pushing!

And we’re able to go!

The Cascadia is free!

The coating as a complete is a pleasant butter, with just a few holes or scars to observe. The route begins on part of the highway uncovered to the solar and having the one mobile reception of the area. Taking place into the tree-covered space with the hillside partitions in your proper you undergo many banked turns. The turns to the appropriate are largely blind and lead on to a left sweeper, however there actually was just one or two right-handed ones for whom one actually needed to decelerate. Lastly, you come throughout a left hairpin that had TMEs and a porto-pot that some referred to as the porto-left. At this level, the wall is on the left, the activates the left are blind and it turns into simpler to seek out your strains on the rights. Maintain taking place till you attain a hairpin on the appropriate and also you come nearly to the top. Within the absence of reception downstairs, this made individuals extra sociable, telling their unbelievable experiences on the hill.

Miles O'Connell of the Maryhill Freeride crew participated within the group of the staff after all facilitators.

Honcho Chief Kevin Reimer.

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After a great day of driving, I arrange my DJ controller and sound system for night music. Because it was darkish for the night time, I seen somebody lighting a fireplace proper by the creek. Alarmed, I went to attempt to management the state of affairs to find that it was Tyler Howell and Kevin Reimer. The landowners accredited the fireplace they usually moved it to an island in the course of the creek. We loved the ambiance of the music and campfire and closed the premises at an affordable time.

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Mama Reimer and Dad additionally helped all weekend.

The second night was marked by a bigger fireplace, a bigger group of individuals, and a bigger dance social gathering. I began the night with reggae, I moved into hip-hop / rap, I referred to as for just a little freestyle rap session and performed new hyphy music. Quickly, it was on moombahton and till rocked some 80's electro to complete the night time. The consuming crowd was simply starting to get began and needed extra, however there was nonetheless a day of driving to relaxation a great night time.

The final day of driving was bittersweet for the reason that Sk8Bus needed to depart within the afternoon to start its journey again to Oregon. We stated goodbye and left for our lengthy journey again dwelling. After experiencing such a clean and arranged occasion, I have to say that it’s a should occasion for anybody in search of three days of radical driving and enjoyable tenting. When you missed it this yr, put it in your calendar for subsequent yr. To see all of the pictures of the occasion, take a look at the Facebook gallery that I posted.

Many due to Kevin Reimer, Powell-Peralta, Skate Warehouse, and all of the volunteers who’ve labored arduous to arrange this enjoyable three-day occasion.

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Photographs by Jon Huey of longboarders driving the course on the Tepe and Tacos occasion in Southern California in April 2019.

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