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.

(click images to enlarge )


















































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

  • “Grindland – Red, Monk and the Birth of DIY” Full Movie

    “Grindland – Red, Monk and the Birth of DIY” Full Movie
    From the early days of Burnside to 2019’s Rip Ride Rally, this film explores the friendship, struggle, triumph and tragedy of DIY pioneers Mark Scott and Mark Hubbard –– true iconoclasts hellbent on building the skateparks of their dreams. Watch this with your friends.
  • Thrasher Comix: Horror and Sci-Fi cover art

    Thrasher Comix: Horror and Sci-Fi cover art
    Skating produces all sorts of stories. Here are some wild comic book ideas that could never possibly happen. Or could they? 
  • SKATELINE: 12.28.2021

    SKATELINE: 12.28.2021
    Creature's Gangreen video, Chocolate's Bunny Hop video, Jack Olson's Slingshot part and more in today's episode of Skateline.
  • SKATELINE: 12.14.2021

    SKATELINE: 12.14.2021
    Myles Willard goes off in Toy Machine's Scorched Earth video, Primitive's Testing 4 video, Ryan Decenzo's 1990 part and more in today's episode of Skateline.
  • Toy Machine's "Scorched Earth" Video

    Toy Machine's "Scorched Earth" Video
    Subversive, tightly edited and packed end to end with heart-pumping, knee-cracking clips, this is Toy Machine in full force. Myles Willard puts on a helluva show.