The Guajataka Downhill event is held annually in the small town of Quebradillas (Pronounced something like: “Cameron Dias”) on the northwestern shore of the tropical Caribbean island of Puerto Rico. This year’s 2013 event was much like those of years past, with thousands upon thousands of pina colada-toting spectators overflowing the length of the entire roadway, a huge pool of downhill skateboarders in attendance representing all four corners of the globe, as well as a setting and backdrop of warm weather, lush rainforests, wave-filled beaches, rich & spicy culture, unmatched local hospitality, and an endless supply of yummy mufungo. Hell yeah mufungo!
Our Video Recap:
Puerto Rico’s rolling, tropical landscape & climate; its warm ocean, and its laid-back culture are much of what draws many of the skaters to the Guajataka Downhill event year after year. Guajataka Downhill is a party, a competition, and a vacation all wrapped in to one wild package, “wild” being the critical concept here.
As many of you already know, there were some major organizational issues with this year’s Guajataka event. Shit got way hectic, real sketchy, downright dangerous, and this ultimately forced the race portion of the event to end prematurely. Similar to the 2010 Guajataka event, which was stopped due to roadway injury between spectators and racers. In response to this unfortunate turn of events, a handful of this year’s racers and event organizers rallied together on the following day and finished the race. That said, a majority of the original racers either purposely did not participate, or they had already left the island altogether. People were definitely butt-hurt about the whole affair, podium legitimacy was at question (and still is), and much better organization must be addressed and in place for a smoothly ran 2014 Guajataka Downhill event.
The Slide Jam:
Bottom line, we had a great time at Guajataka, 2013 and despite all the bullshit we will definitely be back here again. The slide jam was that of legend and overflowed with sketchy, uncut shredding. The race was gnar, crowded, and shit got way hectic. All in all, Puerto Rico is an amazing island filled with awesome people, an epic landscape, radical skating, gnarly drivers, and copious amounts of mufungo. Here at Wheelbase Magazine we like it raw and uncut—that’s just how we roll. Hell yeah, Puerto Rico! See you again soon!
A special thanks goes out Scott and the Muir Skate crew for all their support, to the event organizers and sponsors for having the event, to Jose and his family for hosting us in San Juan, to all the skaters and homies we met along the way; and lastly, to the people of Puerto Rico for their hospitality and friendship. Mucho Grasias!