Words & Photos: Jake Grove
After a crammed non-stop 20 hour drive to Maryhill from San Diego, then a 8 hour drive up to Giant’s Head, followed by a 6 hour drive through Canada, came the Whistler Longboard Festival. By this time of the whole photo/skate trip tour in fellow photographer Don Sheffler’s van–packed with Don, his son Noah, Emily Pross, another dude, and myself–things were getting a little crusty, crammed, and tiring. Nonetheless, this whole tour was extremely rad, shooting alongside Khaleeq at both Maryhill and Giant’s Head, lurking it up with the Bustin Crew as well as so many others, and then arriving in Whistler to shoot this last leg of the tour on my own. This was my first time making it out to Whistler, and I have to say I was extremely impressed. The whole town was a rad little place, and the skatepark and hill both had super chill vibes, with a large community of fellow skaters that were stoked on keeping the sport alive.
The race hill in whistler is a unique course, as it runs through the Olympic training center and over the Olympic bobsled track. Racing was tight the whole weekend, and the event had a solid turnout of skaters, photographers, and spectators. Being Canada, finals day had some off and on rain to make things interesting, and the Canadians proved their home advantage and swept the podium. I could go on and on about the event and everything that went down, but I’m sure by this point you’re much more eager to see the shots from the race than to read on a few columns more. This event was rad and held some solid racing, views, and all around good times–I’ll let the photos take over and do the talking from here on.Thank You’s: Big thanks to Lee Cation, the Whistler community, and all of the other volunteers, staff, and event sponsors for making it happen! To all of the riders that made the trip out to Whistler, big thanks for keeping the sport alive and making for a solid turnout. This whole photo/skate tour was rad, and I have to give a big thanks to Don for handling the driving, and a thanks to everyone I shot with, skated with and met throughout the trip. Stay rad guys! Whistler was rad, and although it was said to be the last one happening (at least at the current sliding center track, hopefully something else comes up), the whole vibe of the town was chill, and some solid sessions went down at the local skatepark. Until next time Canada! Stay Classy!