I found the solution to the winter blues here in Seattle. It resides under a giant yellow roof in the woods somewhere in South Seattle. It's the above giant Vert ramp where sessions go off nearly every day. Thanks to my old friend Gabe Hall for getting my foot in the door and for the introductions, and thanks to all those involved for putting up with me and my camera. This place has the best vibe I've experienced in ages, with riders of every age and skill level cheering each other on. Some serious shredding goes down under that translucent yellow tarp. My next teaser will be dropping shortly, look for some shots of Eugene Lardizabal destroying this place.
I didn't go to the SVR simply to watch the ripping, I took my camera. I'm stoked to have Eugene Lardzabal, William Stein and Ant Hancock agree to represent the older vert riders in my movie. I can't wait to shoot more with these dudes, all three of them absolutely kill it. Unfortunately some of my early video suffered from some technical issues (the color yellow), the upside is that this place is open rain or shine. Architect Ryan Spence and his crew of volunteers built a beauty.
He's a little young to be featured in my film...but I had to post a picture of Payton Moriarty. Keep your eyes peeled for this kid in the future. Everything he does is gigantic and super stylish. This kid is a ripper and at 14 he's only going to get better. It's going to be rad to say that I knew him way back in the day when he's famous..
If you want more information on the Seattle Vert Ramp or would like to donate to the cause please visit their web site. It's a private ramp, to get the keys to the kingdom will cost you, but it will be worth it I assure you.
Thanks again to Greg Stonebraker for the fantastic photos,
Ben Rupp, film maker, rocker, skater.
Middle Aged Shred
"YOU DIDN'T QUIT SKATEBOARDING BECAUSE YOU GOT OLD, YOU GOT OLD BECAUSE YOU QUIT SKATEBOARDING" - JAY ADAMS
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