Rumble in Ramona 5
Let the rumble begin
Among the vertical skateboarding community, the annual invite-only Rumble In Ramona is a unique day in the year's list of events. Instead of the traditional competition format, Rumble In Ramona is a gathering of skateboarders, hot rods and music, with a focus on good times and the progression of vert skating. The ramp itself has seen many changes throughout the years, from new sheeting to rebuilt decks to Skatelite to metal surfacing. (There's even a gutted old pickup truck on the deck.) This year, Rumble In Ramona 5 featured skaters from PLG to Jimmy Wilkins to Alan Young, pictured here sliding a crook fakie minutes after arriving on the scene.
With the new sheeting and paint job added to the ramp, the invited skaters just had to get in some test runs. The car (on top of the deck) was pulled out on one of the nights, and Alan Young crail slid it with ease.
Counter syncing and screwing in metal sheets prior to the Rumble in Ramona was not fun. It actually took 23 days of hard labor in the Ramona heat.
Is it finished yet?
X Games Skateboard Vert gold medalist Jimmy Wilkins, Darren Navarrette and Alan Young observe the progress of the Rumble in Ramona ramp while still under construction.
Chris Russell is a powerhouse with a gigantic bag of tricks and mind-blowing consistency. He would throw this frontside channel plant every so often throughout the day, and he never missed one.
The Creepy Creeps
San Diego band The Creepy Creeps played following the vert action at Rumble in Ramona, and features ex-members of The Locust, Tarantula Hawk, Struggle and more. They are quite the experience in a live venue.
The vertical vampire
Here is the man with the plan: Darren Navarette. He lets everyone get their runs in but managed to sneak in a few for himself throughout the day. Here's a classic backside air -- vertical vampire style.
Style plus air
2014 X Games Austin Skateboard Vert gold medalist Jimmy Wilkins has one of the best styles to ever grace a vert ramp. He just learned these fastplants and already has them figured out.
Lincoln it up
What more can you say about Lincoln Ueda? His airs reach over head height, he skates fast, and he uses the entire ramp during his vert runs.
Marcelo Bastos brought a little street flair onto the vert ramp. Here, he throws a frontside kickflip over the channel.
The man, the myth
You all know who he is and how much he rips -- at least you should after his most recent Skateboard Vert gold medal win at X Games Austin 2015. Pierre-Luc Gagnon is the man. Here he airs a tailbone indy.