Megaramps. Giant wooden launch pads that professional aerialists like Danny Way and Bob Burnquist make their livings off of. As a long-time skateboarder, I have always resented the megaramp trend. Why? It reduces the subtleties and variety of skateboarding to mere spectacle. Who can launch the farthest from the biggest roll in? It turns skateboarders into mere stuntmen. Xtreme Action Sportz Broooo! But despite what Fox Sports and Mountain Dew would have you believe, skateboarding is about more than just the adrenaline rush.
Unless we’re talking about 12 year-old Tom Schaar landing the first ever 1080 on a skateboard. That is. That one made me smile. And made me glad he had a megaramp to launch from.