The race will go down the windy, and ever-pothole filled Dyckman Ave. from Englewood Cliffs to the Boat Basin in the Palisades Park in New Jersey.
This my friends, is not to be missed.
Guaranteed, a couple of fly-offs, unless the crew attending is highly skilled due to the nature of the roadway which hasn’t seen a serious repaving in a while, (though the organizer hints that it has just been done) its sinous curves, and the 180-degree pin curve halfway down–though here again, the organizer says it just ain’t so. We haven’t seen the course in black and white or color yet, so you’ll just have to trust him.
Boarders can reach up to 42 miles per hour, and are advised to wear at least half-face helmets and gloves for protection. Those under 18 need a waiver from their ‘rents, and two sections of the roadway will be available for viewers.
We can’t wait to see this one, not just for watching the thrill of the competition, but also for the younger, skateboard crowd it will bring to Englewood Cliffs and this section of the Palisades Interstate Parkway park, normally a staid community dominated mostly by runners, cyclists, cook-out families, light hikers and walkers, dogs, geese, ducks, deer and the occasional fox and sacrificed lambs (leftover from religious ceremonies presumably.)
The event is part of PIP’s new thrust into the activity lifestyle marketing emphasis this spring which has already brought us Escape to the Palisades in early May, the Gran Fondo two weekends ago, and on August 11, an Ironman which will pass through these hollowed roads.
No doubt, someone or someones in the PIP office have put their thinking caps on, and thought outside the box, because for the rest of us dullards, this is something to really look forward to.
The event is being sponsored by Bustin’ Boards, and goes by the name of Major Sto’kem 4, in association with SKT FST. Fees for competitors are $30, and registration can me made by email directly to paypal, email@example.com: include your first and last name. The site says only 84 skateboarders will be allowed to ride, so contact the organizer to see if there are any slots left.
Practice runs and registration onsite begin at 10 am, and the event goes from 11 am to 3 pm from the top of the hill of Dyckman Avenue, and Hudson Terrace, in Englewood Cliffs. See the group’s Facebook page for more info. Parking, however, is at the bottom of the hill at the Englewood Boat Basin.
Here is a portion of the organizer’s write up:
Major Stok’em is BACK!! This is a downhill skateboarding event! Yes, you will go fast! Closed Road Racing – On-site Medical Certified EMT’s – U-haul shuttle for riders back up the hill – Safety measures placed for rider protection along the road. Police Officers provided by the Palisades Interstate Park Commission to help it all run smoothly! Get ready to go head-to-head against the fastest riders, can you dig it!! Double-Elimination to maximize racing time. No I’m not answering 900 dumb ass questions, so keep on reading. YES!!!! Here we go!!
8:30am-9:45am Parking & Registration
Parking & Registration will be held at the Englewood Boat Basin. This place has no address so please do the following: Google Maps, East Palisades Avenue, Englewood Cliffs, NJ. This is the road you will drive down into the park, follow road all the way to the bottom, park and find registration table -just look, it will be somewhere lol. No rider will be allowed on the course without a registration #. Each rider is required to show a helmet and slide gloves to race. Each rider must sign a liability waiver. If you are under 18 years old, you must send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and request a waiver form and have it signed in advance by your parent/guardian and bring it with you on race day.