Longboard adventures and road trips are the best. Two weeks ago we ventured to Portand for two days to stop by Daddies and Rip City, skate a few local spots and snag some Voodo Donuts. It was rad and we hope you enjoy the edit, photos and rant that is about to begin...now!
Cam Frazier, Nathan Pauli and Matt McDonald jumped in the DB Longboards van and headed to Vancouver, Washington (right across the bridge from Portland) to check out a spot and skate with Atlas Trucks team rider Harley Rienecker.
It was raining on and off all day and it made the pavement real patchy, which made skating challenging at first.
There were a few bad slides, but Harley and Cam made the best of it as the pavement slowly dried.
Cam put the Keystone to the test and snagged several fun slides.
The Keystone was able to take the punishment from the session and the urethane tips came in handy.
Harley was riding the Valhalla master blaster and 78a divine road rippers and the 10mm Atlas Trucks. Cam was riding a DB Keystone 37", 10mm Atlas Trucks and Cloud Ride Wheels.
Overall the longboard scene in Vancouver is still pretty small, but growing, Harley said.
"There aren't really any runs in Vancouver but the hills 10-15 minutes out of town (Washougal and Camas) are sick and I still have some exploring to do out there. Its definitely a good place to stop if you're on your way out to Maryhill or going down south from Seattle."
There are a ton of hills in the area that have yet to be discovered and we are stoked Harley showed us around.
After that longboard session we drove over the Columbia River to Portland to meet up with Cloud Ride Wheels team rider Noah Throckmorton at Rip City Skate where he works. Noah fueled up with a burrito and Cam skated around the shop.
We decided to head to Swtichbacks to get a few runs in.
The weather was messing with us that day because it started raining again when we got to the skate spot.
Even though the roads were wet Noah and Cam made the best of it and shredded the pacifix northwest chunder.
Noah enjoying one of the hairpins at Sketchbacks on the Cloud Ride Wheels Freerides.
At one point the Keystone 37" mysteriously made it into the hands of one of the local statues.
Cam with the steezy blunt above.
The clouds disappeared and we jumped on our longboards to push to Voodoo Donuts to get some much needed sugar.
We ordered several donuts one for now and two for later naturally.
Some lady even asked Nate for a donut. We had no donuts to spare and promptly skated away with our box of donuts.
As we skated back to the van Cam nailed an epic hippy jump with donuts in hand. It was a successful day to say the very least.
The next day we woke up bright and early at a Shilo Inn that had a bomb continental breakfast that we passed up for some 12 hour old Voodoo Donuts.
With coffee and 5 Hour Energy in hand we headed to the Columbia River Gorge for some new runs with Cam and Noah.
One spot we had to hit up was Rowena Crest, which is a beautiful road due to it being a series of loops.
A little bit about Rowena Crest: at it's highest elevation is 747 feet off the ground and at it's lowest point it is less than 200 feet near the river's edge. The designer (J.H. Scott, Oregon State Highway Dept.) followed the formula that Samuel Lancaster created at the onset of the highway's construction. He developed distance to carry the highway between these two points with 5 percent maximum grades and 200-foot minimum turning radii. The Rowena Loops were designed to keep the grade of descent from the high bluffs on Rowena Crest down to the river level at a manageable five percent.
The highway winds and circles down through a figure eight and a series of curves to Rowena Canyon and Rowena. These curves make the road very photogenic and fun for a longboard run. We do not suggest that you skate down this without several spotters since tourists tend to make random stops along the road.
After we captured a few more photos we jumped back in the van and headed back to Portland. We said our goodbyes to Noah (single tear) and headed to Daddies Board Shop.
All good times must come to an end and this trip was in the books. We jumped back in the van and headed back to Seattle. It was a rad trip with a large variety of skating ranging from Switchbacks in the rain, night city cruising, kook tricks, epic hairpin corners and a few fast downhill runs. We hope you enjoyed the adventure as much as you did and we will see you on the streets.
We had to stop by Daddies on the way back to Seattle to show them our new Keystone 37", talk with Jesse and browse all the skate goodness Daddies has to offer.