Very Hill, Much Speed: The Maryhill Festival of Speed

The greatest gravity festival in the world is right in Portland’s backyard.

Culture Features
On June 24, about 230 of the best downhill skateboarders and street lugers in the world will descend on the Maryhill Festival of Speed. It’ll be the largest gravity sports festival in North America,   More
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 Adrienne So

Omni Skate

The Many, Many Skateparks of Portland

Summer Guide
From the early pioneers who went renegade, installing ramps and bowls under the Burnside Bridge by using leftover concrete from their day jobs, to the current crop of officials, shop owners and skateb   More
Wednesday, June 17, 2015 BROOKE GEERY

Buy PDX: Adidas Skate Copa Competition (Slideshow)


Adidas pro and Portland skate legend Silas Baxter Neal opened up his personal skate park, "The Grotto," to the public on April 25 for a battle of Northwest skate shops. Adidas' annual Skate Copa is a nationwide shop-versus-shop competition where board-makers compete for $20,000 in prize money and hefty bragging rights. The Grotto, which might look familiar if you saw "The Grotto Park" Thrasher ...   More
Sunday, April 26, 2015 by Lucas Chemotti

Buy PDX: A Walk In The Park with Worn Path (Video)

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Portland is all about the great outdoors, just ask any tourist or yoga mom shopping downtown. Yes, you can go 5 miles or 30 miles and find arguably some of the most beautiful scenery on the West Coast. But its also for sale in Columbia's vertical rock climbing posters and base jumping videos at The North Face.We're lucky that the Rose City's green reputation ...   More
Sunday, April 19, 2015 LUCAS CHEMOTTI

Portland's Skate Community Isn't Stoked for CCS (VIDEO)

Daddies Boardshop Saved CCS, Some Local Shop Owners Wish It Would Have Died


Portland’s local skate scene just got bigger. Local-made-good Daddies Board Shop recently bought onetime skate giant CCS (formerly California Cheap Skates) from cheap-shoe giant Foot Locker. Foot Locker had bought CCS for millions, but first shut down all retail, then announced they were shutting down the website. Think of this as if Powell's Books bought Amazon, after Jeff Bezos moved ...   More
Sunday, February 8, 2015 LUCAS CHEMOTTI

Headout: Radical Theory

How a physicist looks at Burnside Skatepark.

Skateboarding, physics tells us, is a constant fight against gravity. Features like curves and ramps in a skatepark are laid out to increase velocity and create a continuous ride. Skateboarders    More
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 LYLA ROWEN

Dr. Know: Boarding, Blading Ban BS

Can Freddy’s ban skateboarding on public sidewalks?

Dr. Know
The Hawthorne Fred Meyer has signs posted outside along the sidewalks, “No skateboarding or rollerblading.” Does...   More
Wednesday, August 8, 2012 MARTY SMITH

Boarding by the Ban

Can Arlington Heights ban skateboarding down the Zoobomb run?

News Stories
Robin McGuirk is taking what he fears may be his last ride down Southwest Fairview Boulevard. It’s 1 pm on June 26 and the 35-year-old owner of Eastside Longboards is cruising down the West Hi   More
Wednesday, July 4, 2012 CODY NEWTON

Hometown Skaters Have Chance to Head to X-Games

On June 1, the "Department of Skateboarding" will host a skate jam/contest at its park at 15 NE Hancock St. in conjunction with the Hometown Heroes Road to Nowhere Tour. Winners of the Portland contest will compete against winners from 37 other cities nationwide at a special event in this summer's X-Games. The idea is to let local, unknown rippers have a chance to get some spotlight. “It ...   More
Thursday, May 28, 2009 Shawn O'bryant

Skating Bowl Benefits Beaten Boarder

A brutal assault at a MAX stop in March left skateboarder Taylor Appelo beaten, bloodied, and broke—both physically and financially. According to the O, four men attacked Appelo and his friend as they were waiting at the Skidmore Fountain stop. Appelo's jaw was reportedly broken in three places, and five of his teeth were knocked out. As the physical pain diminishes, Appelo's wallet ...   More
Wednesday, June 10, 2009 Heather Morse


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