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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5/06/2021Black metal, tunnel fires, ditch rips and plenty of dirt eating, this brutal vision from New Mexico will shake you to your core. Evan Smith, Suciu and Villani even join in the chaos—this flick’s heavy!
4/19/2021Toy Machine’s new am talks with teammate Leo Romero about getting arrested fishing, getting on the team and staying single to stack clips. Read up on Vaccine’s breakout star in this piece from the May ‘21 mag.
4/12/2021In signature Toy style, shifting between savagery and serenity, Leo, Blake, Myles, CJ, Lutheran and the usual suspects clear a path for an all-out tear from newcomers Braden Hoban and Dashawn Jordan.
3/30/2021Full parts from Damian Bravo and Massimo Cavedoni bring long-awaited clips to light. Donnelly, Busenitz, Gerwer, Asselin, Aultz and more all-stars from the DLX family round out the experience.
3/14/2021The day after Jake’s passing we painted the ramp black and had a session in his honor. With the tunes and stoke cranked to 11, Raney and the crew gave it their all for the Old Man.