This year we're going BIG with a 32' wide mini ramp (with 4' and 5.5' tall sections), banks, a street area with hubbas and rails, and other obstacles. The park will be over 3500 square feet!!! All ramps will have the awesome signature Diamond Grind coping that we debuted in 2012. We are extremely fortunate this time around to have gained access to the pre-built ramps from the former Epic Indoor Skatepark (Rocklin, CA) which recently closed its doors. These are pristine, well-made ramps with an incredibly smooth baltic birch skin (far superior to the masonite we've used the past two years).
Here's what where building for SK8 KAMP 2014
All we need to do now is get them out to the playa, which is no easy task considering that most pieces are 200-400 pounds! The park we’re bringing to the playa this year is huge and we’re gonna need 48 feet of flatbed trailers and a forklift. All proceeds from this Kickstarter will go toward ramp transportation, trailer rental, forklift rental, and gas to get us out there and feed our generators for lighting and sound. $2000 will go toward gas, $1000 toward trailer rental, and $1000 for forklift rental.
Previous years of SK8 KAMP
In case you missed it, here are a few photos and videos of the awesomeness we created in previous years.
SK8 KAMP Deck
LIMITED EDITION - MANTIS ART BOARD
This reward is a collaboration between 2 awesome SK8 KAMPers, Princess Donna and Lanny from Barking Wheels Photography. With Barking Wheels signature hand image transfer process, this is truly a art skateboard where Princess Donna poses as a Mantis.
In previous years, we built our ramps on playa and then donated them to Town Park Skatepark in West Oakland. We’re humbled to announce that Town Park has finally received the necessary donations and approval from the city to have concrete poured in for a brand new park this year, expected to open in October 2014. Here's a short documentary on why Town Park is so awesome:
Some of the obnoxiousness that happens at SK8 KAMP...
SK8 KAMP would like to shout out a special thank you to:
K Dubs for letting us store our crap for years, Ethan Ashley for letting us store our crap, Hillbilly and his Kokomotive, Smile for Grandma, Diamond Grind, Barking Wheels, the Pizza Man, anyone who ever helped us build and especially tear down, and Sk8ers across the galaxy for keeping Sk8ing legit. Everyone who submitted photos and videos for this including Mosf3t, Barking Wheels, Kool Karlo, Ry Lo, and many others
We're dedicating SK8 KAMP to our honorary SK8 KAMPer forever, Erik Gregory Rosenquist, R.I.P. September 16, 2013. Your positive energy, funky style, and warm love will be with us in spirit.
See you at the dusty SK8park!!!!
Risks and challenges
Considering our ramps are pre-built and pretty much ready to go in Santa Rosa, the risk is very minimal. All we need to do is get them to the Playa, put them in place, and install the Baltic Birch skating surface.
Our real risks as a project lay in transportation logistics: trucks breaking down, flat tires, stuff like that. Also, coordinating a forklift on the Playa has proven to be a challenge, but we are currently developing solutions for these things.
Of course there is 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
- (28 days)