We at SK8 KAMP believe that every city needs a Skatepark. Our mission is to bring one to Black Rock City, for our 5th year in a row at Burning Man 2015!
This year we are joining forces with DUSTFISH and Sextant camps to create DUSTFISH Village with our INSANE placement at 6:30 & Esplanade. We'll be right next to Center Camp in the middle of everything. Think the 24/7 Sk8 sessions you've come to love and expect with the addition of zip lines, tesla coils and nightly live entertainment from our sister camps.
We like to mix up the park design each year to try out new things. This year, we are going to have a WIDE, mellow half pipe, a skate-able sidewalk flow course with features built by SK8 KAMPers from all over the world, and a Big Roll-in to Kicker onto a BAGJUMP airbag to let everyone experience flips and BIG air!
Check out what we have built in past years:
Every year an incredible group of skaters, builders, artists, enthusiasts and friends all join forces to create a special oasis that we call SK8 KAMP.
We build SK8 KAMP to be very different than your average skatepark.
- We encourage everyone to try out the park no matter if you have skated your whole life or have never stepped on a skateboard. We are happy to see beginners trying it out and skaters at KAMP will give pointers and lessons to help anyone experience the love and community of skateboarding.
- SK8 KAMP is open for skating 24/7 for the entire week.
- We say 'Ride anything and have fun' so whatever type of wheeled apparatus you want to try out on our ramps, we welcome.
Like always, we will plan to provide spare skateboards of all shapes and sizes, pads, helmets, and even shoes, if you decide to wear those.
Last year was the first year that we built a skateshop with the 'take what you need' model to allow all the skaters to fix up their boards, swap out parts or even build new set-ups.
Proceeds of this project only go towards bringing the skateboard park installation to Burning Man, and will not go toward general camp expenses. The main expenses that we need to cover include:
- $1500 for forklift rental to unload the ramps on the Playa
- $1500 for power to keep the lights and sound going all night
- $2000 for new materials including wood and screws
- $3000 for transport of ramps on a big rig truck between BRC and Oakland, CA
This makes a total budget of $8000. We aim to cover $2000 from camp dues and $1000 from a fundraiser party which is how we reached our fundraising goal of $5000.
Thank you to everyone who has ever helped design, build, move, tear down, and clean up SK8 KAMP. Thank you to BMORG for giving us placement for the past 4 years and the opportunity to build SK8 KAMP. And, lastly, thank you to everyone on the Playa who gives us the inspiration and motivation to keep building SK8 KAMP. We love you. <3
Risks and challenges
This is our 5th year building SK8 KAMP and we're confident we have the skills, determination, and experience to build it. But, there are inherent risks in the coordination to make everything happen for SK8 KAMP. Trucks could break down, organizers could get sick or injured, weather conditions could prohibit the transport and set-up of the ramps on the Playa as well as fundraising for all the associated costs of this all so we can finally get our ramps to the Playa, put them in place, and install the Baltic Birch skating surface.
Then there's also the inherent risk of injury for our sk8ers and participants too... but we've all read the back of our tickets, right? Every Sk8er and burner knows that they participate at their own risk. Hey, sometimes that's half the fun!
Here's an injury count from our previous years (don't worry, we take good care of our injured Sk8ers with our Kamp wheel chair and ice packs):
2011 - 1 throat hit/injured by skateboard, 1 lip split open, 3 sprained ankles, 232 bruises
2012 - 1 broken arm, 1 injured shoulder, 1 broken leg, 543 bruises
2013 - 1 broken arm, 3 twisted ankles, 367 bruises
2014 - 1 broken arm, 1 sprained ankle, 1 sliced lip, 162 bruises (we're way down, what is happening here?)
- (28 days)