In 1999, Mark and Danyel Scott were brought to Lincoln City to construct their first skatepark as part of their new company Dreamland Skateparks. Now 20 years and hundreds of parks later, the original crew celebrated the milestone with one of the largest skate competitions in the United States.
Dreamland Skateparks along with Independent Trucks and Thrasher Magazine, came together to host a three day skateboarding competition called Rip, Ride and Rally May 31 through June 2. The event brought in somewhere between 1,000 to 1,300 participants and spectators according to Danyel Scott, making it the largest skate competition Lincoln City has ever had.
“It was one of the largest turnouts of any contest we’ve had in the U.S.,” Scott said. “So it's pretty impressive to be able to host that in Lincoln City. Overall, not one person said that they couldn't feel the positive energy in the area.”
The event featured live music from five different bands, a variety of skate contests and some of the best professional skateboarders in the world.
“We had Olympic skaters, we had skaters from the U.S., Australia, Canada, Finland and Brazil,” Scott said. “The Olympic riders at the event were probably the 25 best riders in the world, ranking wise.”
In addition to fun in the park, the event organizers also honored three men who have played in integral part in the success of the Lincoln City Skatepark, which is one of the largest in the world.
Along with Dreamland, another powerhouse in the park building game is Grindline Skateparks. Owner of Grindline, Mark Hubbard, was one of the honorees over the weekend for his role in helping build the original skatepark in Lincoln City.
Other honorees were Preston Maigetter, a filmer for Thrasher Magazine, and Jake Phelps, who was the editor of Thrasher for 25 years.
“Jake is actually the one that put Mark (Scott) on the cover of Thrasher Magazine in Lincoln City skatepark 20 years ago,” Danyel Scott said. “So it just kind of tied the whole event together.”
Danyel said the memorial aspect of the event was special and really put into perspective how much the Lincoln City skatepark has progressed in a couple of decades.
Mark Scott began building skateparks since 1990, and when he was given the opportunity to design and build his own park in 1999, he and Danyel took full advantage of the opportunity.
“He (Mark) had started building for free in 1990 and then when we came here in 1999, it was like, ‘Wow, this is awesome, I can actually get paid to do what I love,’” Scott said. “Phase one and phase two of the build here, were paid for by state grants, then phase three, four and five, were all privately funded by us.”
The park is now one of the largest in the world at 40,000 square feet and Lincoln City has become the worldwide headquarters for Dreamland, one of the largest park building companies.
“This has really become our home,” Scott said.
This past weekend’s contests were filled with high flyers, technically sound skaters and a few daredevils. But amidst the organized chaos were some strong performances by some of the best skaters in the world, including local Kevin Kowalski, who won three of the four contests and was awarded 'Park Master' for the entire competition.
But Kowalski wasn’t the only local to represent well, Alex Morgan of Lincoln City also placed high in the events and made Mark and Danyel proud to see the product of their hard work building the park.
“It was nice to have that local presence in the competition this weekend, and it really made us proud to have those kids who grew up here represent their park,” Danyel Scott said. “For Kevin to be skating against the best in the world, and he won in his own hometown area, that was pretty cool for us and for what this park has done for these kids.”
From the skating, to the music, to the positive atmosphere, Rip, Ride and Rally had a little bit of everything for everyone. And that has been the vibe the Scotts have always wanted to achieve with their parks and events.
“We've always tried to make it inclusive to everyone,” Danyel Scott said. “It was nice to have families go over and watch. No matter what sport you’re watching, I think seeing such a high level of competition is exciting and intriguing to everyone.”
With 45 vested volunteers at the event and 25 teenage volunteers from the Lincoln City Schools, the event ran smoothly and the park was kept relatively clean throughout the weekend. Not only did the event benefit the park, as they raised nearly $3,000 for the final phase of the park, the City of Lincoln City also saw a boost in their sales from the influx of people.
“It definitely was a significant thing for the city,” Scott said. “I talked to quite a few friends that own businesses that surround the skatepark that said, they sold out of things, they had their number one sales, motels and hotels rented out rooms and all the campsites were filled, so a lot of money came into Lincoln city.
“When you've got 1,000 people coming in for four days… I think that it really stimulated the local economy. These kinds of events benefit everyone.”
Danyel said this is an event that they’d love to make an annual thing, but it takes a lot of work to organize.
“We’d like to have it every year, and we’ll do something for the 25th, but something of that scale takes a lot of planning and money,” she said. “But I think it'll be something people talk about for a long time and we appreciate everybody that came out.”