The Descent: Hill-Bomb Photo Feature





Art by James Callahan  |   Words and animation by Adam Creagan


IT MUST HAVE BEEN one of the first thrills ever on a skateboard. The ancient art of hill-bombing remains a monster rush to this day and is a universal skate experience. No matter which way skating progresses, the urethane plunge has not diminished one bit and never will. Other than bending your knees there's no technical skills involved with a hill-bomb, yet basic "control" is required: you have to remain standing and keep those feet on the grip. It sounds easy, but it's a battle of nerves with huge consequences. When the descent gets hectic do you jump off early and take your guaranteed lumps? Or do you ride it out to glory yet risk a slam ten times worse?

A lot of skate tricks consist of an explosion of energy and momentum. They are over in an instant and generate a lasting impact. Yet a hill bomb is a prolonged, terrifying and awesome undertaking which can end brutally at any moment. And it isn't finished until you can step off the board, soak in the adrenaline, and hope that your heart doesn't explode out of your chest. You didn't just make it, you survived.

Here's some images of the sacred plummet from over the years. Plus there's a couple of videos that are worth a watch whether it's your first or fourtieth time seeing them.

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We love this shit. Send any other hill bomb photos, videos, or links you have to [email protected]

  • Emerica's "THIS" Video

    Emerica's "THIS" Video
    Figgy and Collin go back to back, getting buck on bumps and big sets while Dickson and the team jump in to make it a family affair. Don’t blow it—you gotta see THIS.
  • Toy Machine's "Vaccine: Side Effects" Video

    Toy Machine's "Vaccine: Side Effects" Video
    Vaccine introduced the world to Toy’s fresh faces with an onslaught of NBDs and nail-biting rail hammers. What goes into making a video of this caliber is pure pain or pleasure with nothin’ in between. Inject it.
  • Independent's "RAW MAYHEM" with TNT, Wes and Drehobl

    Independent's "RAW MAYHEM" with TNT, Wes and Drehobl
    Indy lurks under bridges, hits the streets and checks out some dreamy East-Coast DIYs with a van full of heavy hitters.
  • Julian Lewis "Bro Style" Part for Mob

    Julian Lewis "Bro Style" Part for Mob
    Julian Lewis continues his tear, attacking double kinks and insane sets for Bro Style by Mob. His bros Leo, Dakota and Witkin add to the damage.
  • Patrick Christian: The Art of Industrial Design

    Patrick Christian: The Art of Industrial Design
    Abstract art can take limitless forms. On the other end of the artistic spectrum is the almost photo-realistic illustrations of industrial design. We interviewed a skater with this unique talent.