Just before the competition got underway, organizer David Hiltbrand (pictured, plaid shirt, below) told InMenlo that about 70 skateboarders had registered for Menlo Park Slide Jam, Northern California’s first sanctioned, legitimate slide jam taking place today on the hilly part of Valparaiso Ave. adjacent to Sharon Hills Park.
Hiltbrand – a 2008 graduate of Menlo-Atherton High School – was clearly stoked by the turnout, at a competition that he characterized as “right in my own backyard” on the hill “that was just about perfect.” “The hill features 14% grade, there are no houses on the street, and there are a lot of curves,” he said about the street that’s closed to traffic for the duration of the competition, which is scheduled to wrap up around 3:00 pm today.
In a post to promote the competition on Silverfish Longboarding, Hiltbrand wrote: “There will be a multitude of competitions testing all ranges of skateboarding skill, including but not limited to:
– Hard wheel/soft wheel slide comp (with judges and score cards and things like that)
– Best Trick contest (for the steeze)
– Slide Limbo (go under the stick) and Hippie Jump Contest (you go over the stick, board goes under)
– King of the Sidewalk Challenge (two feet across and four treacherous hairpins. good luck getting down in one piece, but you’ll be glad you did).”
Menlo Park Slide Jam was open to riders of all ages, with signed waivers required.
Action skater photos by Chris Gulker; photo of David Hiltbrand and waiting skaters by Linda Hubbard Gulker.