Wrap-Up: 2013 Ithaca Hill Jam

The 2013 Comet Skateboards Ithaca Hill Jam (a.k.a. Ithaca Skate Jam, a.k.a. Ithaca Slide Jam) went down on Saturday April 27th in Ithaca, New York with over 160 registered riders and close to 250 people total attending.

View of all the action.

View of all the action.

To say the event was a success would be one of the understatements of the year, as it proved to be one of the the best non-race events hosted on the east coast ever, and raised the bar for what’s to be expected in the future.

By the time we parked and got to the race it was about 9:15AM, the bottom section below the funbox, was full of skaters warming up as the Comet crew on the top half of the hill were putting the finishing touches on the ramp setup. Everything came together and people started skating the entire hill by 10:00AM/10:15AM; from that point forward it was ON! Once people warmed up and got a feeling for the ramps and the pavement things escalated quickly, with everyone clearly feeding off the energy from the crowd and other skaters.

Comet team rider and Toronto native Eric Jensen was really working the hip and launch ramp all day. So gnarly. Ithaca Skate Jam 2013.

Comet team rider and Toronto native Eric Jensen was really working the hip and launch ramp all day.

The entire Comet team was in attendance, including our good friend Brian Peck, Liam Morgan, Jesse Breiman, Anthony Flis, Big Dave, Jared Henry, Eric Jensen and a slew of other well known shredders like MuirSkate owner Scott “El Beasto” Lembach, Eric Roth, Ed Garner, Josh Wright, and too many more to name.

The top half of the hill was definitely where most of the action was centered around as they contained the majority of ramps and features. A spine/rail jam along with two hips, two smaller kickers, and a launch ramp made for an exciting and fun downhill skatepark that pushed people to go bigger and be more creative than usual. Below that a fun box stayed chillin with most choosing to avoid it after watching at least one person launch over the entire feature straight to flat ground, instead of the landing ramp.

Brian Peck and Skate The East's Mike DiPietro getting some follow run footage.

Brian Peck and Skate The East’s Mike DiPietro getting some follow run footage.

Those that chose to keep 4 wheels on the ground found plenty of room to get sideways and go big, without getting snaked too many times. It was hella dope to see hardwheel shredders like Steve Kong going faster and bigger than I’d ever imagined, taking full advantage of the closed road and 13.5% grade.

The photos and videos speak for themselves and tell the story better than I can. The vibe was great, the weather was perfect, and the city of Ithaca was a real sport by letting a bunch of skaters shut down a road and play for a day. So many props and thanks go to Comet Skateboards for putting together such an unreal event and raising the bar for what’s to be expected at east coast events in the future. People pushed themselves hard, got pitted, and showed just how motivated the east coast scene is these days. I’m so stoked to see how the rest of this season will turn out, as I think this is just the tip of the proverbial talent iceberg out east.

Brian Peck pops an ollie, starts sweatin' uhhh.

2013 Ithaca Slide Jam Registration Open

ithacaslidejamregistration2013Registration is open for this year’s Ithaca Slide Jam, going down on April 27th in Ithaca, NY. Cost is $40 to skate one of the gnarliest hills in Ithaca with one of the raddest group of freeride skaters from all over not only the East Coast, but United States (and even Toronto, Canada). This is one of the must-attend events and you absolutely won’t be disappointed.

Much of the Comet Team will be on hand and shredding, including our good friend Brian Peck, Liam Morgan, Jesse Breiman, Eric Jensen, Blake Smith, Pam Diaz as well as Marcus Bandy from Wheelbase Magazine and Scott Lembach from Muirskate.

Make sure to include your e-mail so you can get a receipt. You’ll need to print this and bring it to the event as proof of purchase. If you’re under 18 you’ll also need a completed waiver. It’s not clear if you’ll need one if you’re over 18, but it’s likely. You can find the waiver here.

You’ll also need to be rocking a helmet, no exceptions. Other than that the event is going to be laid back and tons of fun.

So, what does your $40 get you your asking?

  • Closed hill skate jam
  • Fresh pavement at a consistent 15% grade
  • Skate park terrain
  • 6 hours of open shredding fun
  • As many runs as you can skate
  • Roots / Beats / Words with emcee Mike Judah
  • Official Skate Jam Curbside Lunch
  • Official Skate Jam Coozie
  • Official Skate Jam T shirt
  • Official Skate Jam Art Zine
  • Official Skate Jam 30% off discount code good from time of purchase til Monday, April 29th, unlimited usage. email team@cometskateboards.com with order number for code.
  • Prizes for overall style, individuality, and more from the spy judges
  • Lots of stuff to give away from Comet, Volante, Caliber, Blood Orange

We are keeping the event super simple. Grab your board and take as many runs as you like. The hill is steep and smooth, and we’re filling it with shred-worthy goodness. We look at this hill every day and wish there were no cars on it. On Saturday 4/27, that will come true and we are stoked to skate it with you.

TO REGISTER CLICK HERE.

This is how slide jams are supposed to be done and is a vanguard for east coast jams. With last year being such a big hit we can’t see what the guys up North came up with as a follow-up. Make sure to see our event post for more critical info about the jam. Have you registered yet?

EVENT RUNS FROM 9AM-5PM!

Image: Comet Skateboards

Ithaca Hill Jam – April 27

ithaca jam flyer 2013

When: April 26-28th
Where: Top of Buffalo St. (at Eddy St.) in Ithaca, NY

One of the East Coast’s biggest events is back for 2013! Comet Skateboards is putting on what’s sure to be a rad weekend of skateboarding. In addition to the main event on Saturday the 27th, there will be a fundraiser/bowl session at DIY spot on friday afternoon, and an outlaw race on Sunday. Location on the race will be announced at a later date, however inside sources are telling me this is a pretty burly course at around 45mph with some tight corners. For those who weren’t at the event last year (myself included), this is definitely not one to miss. With the slide jam hill closed off to traffic, the guys at Comet will have plenty of freedom to build gnarly obstacles without any worries about the law interrupting our fun. If ramps aren’t your thing, the slide jam hill is steep enough for everyone to have fun on.

– Jake

Check some of the gnarly videos by Comet and the Skate Invaders of last year’s epic Ithaca Slide Jam.