Thursday, October 27, 2016

Skateboarders can’t resist The Baxter Ledge

eastsider tv buttonELYSIAN HEIGHTS — There is perhaps nothing more ordinary than the short section of concrete retaining wall where Baxter Street bends to meet Avon Street in the Elysian Heights section of Echo Park. But among skateboarders, this wall is an irresistible challenge,  with skateboarders sliding sideways across the top before leaping into the air and then barreling downhill on Baxter. This stubby wall even has a name – The Baxter Ledge – and has been featured in a few videos.

Why is the Baxter Ledge so popular? A post on Skate All Cities provides some insight (though you probably need to be a skateboarder to understand):

The floor to hit the spot is pretty rough and the downhill ledge is about 2-3 inches above knee high to get onto.  On top of that, there’s also a huge crack in the middle that someone found the time to bondo making it smoother.  After you come here and check out the spot you will learn to appreciate the tricks that have gone down on it so far.  Who’s got a tailslide on this?

Perhaps anyone familiar with The Baxter ledge can help translate the above excerpt for the rest of us non-skateboarders.

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  1. The ground is rough on the downhill slope that approaches the ledge. You need to be able to jump with your board higher than your knees (the “ollie”) to get onto the ledge. Once you’re on the ledge sliding on your board, watch out for a crack in the ledge that was filled (by previous skateboarders) with bondo (epoxy used as a crack filler) that can stop you mid-slide by making you lose your balance. Author is saying it’s harder than it looks because rough ground going downhill while jumping onto the ledge with the board is difficult enough to manage without a crack in the way of your slide.

    A trick called the tailslide is harder to pull off than a noseslide or boardslide because you have to jump higher to get the tail (back) of your board to land on the ledge to slide, than either the nose (front) or middle (what skateboarders in video are doing) of your board. Author is challenging the skateboard community to attempt this harder trick here and show proof.

  2. Skate or die dude!

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