Fayettechill Summer Solstice 2013

A Three Day Celebration of Energy & Life in the Ozarks

Most of us are familiar with music festivals that last two or three days. Well, deep into NoCoast territory a very special event took place called the Fayettechill Summer Solstice. The guys at Fayettechill Clothing Co. took the idea of a music festival to the next level. By incorporating many different outdoor activities, along with music it became the perfect combination. The schedule for the three day event included things like: yoga, mountain biking, kayaking, paddleboarding, frisbee, body painting, music, camping, food and most importantly skating. Saturday was the ramp and slide jam; Sunday the outlaw race, both hosted by The pAth Outfitters.

Day 1

Big hats are a must for festivals. Staying shady as.

Big hats are a must for festivals. Staying shady as.

We packed up the car with as much gear as possible and headed to Arkansas. Since it was Go Skate Day we had to skate something on the way the way. Marble, one of our favorite runs just happens to be on the way. So we stopped there for a quick sess.

Kyle Ramsey with the monopod run down Marble.

Kyle Ramsey with the monopod run down Marble.

The first night there we were treated to some really good music. Shawn James and the Shapeshifters absolutely killed it with their style of blues, rock and bluegrass.

These guys knew how to kick it off for the first night of Summer Solstice. Meet Shawn James and the Shapeshifters.

These guys knew how to kick it off for the first night of Summer Solstice. Meet Shawn James and the Shapeshifters.

The music raged until 4am I believe, I didn’t make it past three. All the different activities had their own sections they were camping in. It was like a family reunion for all the skaters, this many of us don’t often get to hang out all at once.

Gerritt is stoked, or scared. Not really sure.

Gerritt is stoked, or scared. Not really sure.

DAY 1 VIDEO:

 

Day 2 — Ramp Jam

When we woke up, instead of taking a shower, we took a dip in the river, this is one of my favourite parts about camping. After some coffee & breakfast we prepped for the ramp and slide jam that was going on later that day. Jared Henry worked hard with the guys at The pAth over the past month to help design some rad obstacles for the riders.

 

Philip Clamon always has fat blunts.

Philip Clamon always has fat blunts.

Cody Womack needs only one leg to skate.

Cody Womack needs only one leg to skate.

MacGregor Merritt getting boneless.

MacGregor Merritt getting boneless.

Philip Clamon getting air on the flat.

Philip Clamon getting air on the flat.

Jared Henry with a rad nose grab off the kicker.

Jared Henry with a rad nose grab off the kicker.

Matt sideways wishing the run was four times as fast.

Matt sideways wishing the run was four times as fast.

Get some.

Get some.

One must sacrifice themselves for the rad shot.

One must sacrifice themselves for the rad shot.

Cody ripping in longest slide.

Cody ripping in longest slide.

Gerritt Horlick with the stall on the super steep kicker.

Gerritt Horlick with the stall on the super steep kicker.

The guys at The Path handing out swag after the ramp jam.

The guys at The Path handing out swag after the ramp jam.

The slackline has become a staple for skaters while camping. Balance is obviously a big part of skating, but these guys make it look really easy. Once we got tired of that it was back into the river to cool off and get our rope swing on. The skaters all basically hung out and waited for the music to start. That night we had some of the best reggae I have ever heard. The Stiff Necked Fools, were from Louisiana and definitely had their own sound.

Wouldn’t be a longboard event without some slacklining.

Wouldn’t be a longboard event without some slacklining.

Currently Dave Gnomesteeze is looking for work as a male model.

Currently Dave Gnomesteeze is looking for work as a male model.

Just because the sun is down doesn’t mean you still can’t skate.

Just because the sun is down doesn’t mean you still can’t skate.

Dave Gnomesteeze making light art. Trippy as.

Dave Gnomesteeze making light art. Trippy as.

These guys rocked so hard. Meet The Stiff Necked Fools.

These guys rocked so hard. Meet The Stiff Necked Fools.

A perfect setting for live music. Small intimate stage under the Ozark sky.

A perfect setting for live music. Small intimate stage under the Ozark sky.

DAY 2 VIDEO:

 

Day 3 — Outlaw Race

Waking up to a nice sunrise on the last day of Fayettechille Summer Solstice.

Waking up to a nice sunrise on the last day of Fayettechille Summer Solstice.

So the last day of the festival was focused on the outlaw race we were having down a run we call Waka. It tops out in the low 40’s but it’s curves make up for the lower speed. The road is known for having a lot of traffic, but a Sunday afternoon made it even busier. We used walkies to try and ensure the riders’ safety, but even then some cars snuck through the barricade. I’m pretty sure there were cars in the other lane every time we hit the run. The guys from The pAth tried their best, but staying in outlaw spirit we carried on.

Getting ready to battle it out for the first ever Waka Outlaw.

Getting ready to battle it out for the first ever Waka Outlaw.

Ripping a righty with Cody, Dave and Garrett.

Ripping a righty with Cody, Dave and Garrett.

Jared Henry and Kyle Ramsey entering the chicane side by side.

Jared Henry and Kyle Ramsey entering the chicane side by side.

Most of us had all hit this run in previous trips to Arkansas, but never had we raced it. The locals had a bid of an advantage as usual, but it was so fun ripping with our homies in all the heats. The best part of the run is a chicane that is banked on the entrance and the exit. This is also where we set up some hay bales and had a lot of the spectators watch from.

Juicy J with NoCoast style for days.

Juicy J with NoCoast style for days.

Chill runs with the homies, Arkansas runs are the best in the summer with all the green everywhere. Seriously, tons of green. :)

Chill runs with the homies, Arkansas runs are the best in the summer with all the green everywhere. Seriously, tons of green. 🙂

Gerritt Hoover railing the chicane.

Gerritt Hoover railing the chicane.

Kyle Ramsey staying tucked through the chicane.

Kyle Ramsey staying tucked through the chicane.

Matt Ewalt getting low for the tight line.

Matt Ewalt getting low for the tight line.

Cody Womack with a style all his own. Drop the knee and go fast.

Cody Womack with a style all his own. Drop the knee and go fast.

Matt Ewalt comfortable on his local runs.

Matt Ewalt comfortable on his local runs.

Dave Gnomesteeze letting the camera dude know he’s there.

Dave Gnomesteeze letting the camera dude know he’s there.

We had been running four man heats but ended up with a six man final. The push started on a flat and started off with a slow right hairpin. All the riders were very close off the push and I was on the outside of Matt. We ended up locking wheels and went down also taking out the two guys behind us. All of us scrambled to get our boards, Matt Ewalt getting to his board first ended up catching the front two riders making the pass for second place.

The six man final. The start line started in a flat section, and you basically push to this sign and then rail a right hairpin. The finals got hectic.

The six man final. The start line started in a flat section, and you basically push to this sign and then rail a right hairpin. The finals got hectic.

A shot of the finals heat. Jared out front with Dave to the outside. Kyle is behind them on the outside with Matt and Cody looking for the inside line. Unfortunately once you exit the hairpin the line isn’t that wide.

A shot of the finals heat. Jared out front with Dave to the outside. Kyle is behind them on the outside with Matt and Cody looking for the inside line. Unfortunately once you exit the hairpin the line isn’t that wide.

A screen capture looking back at Matt right before we lock wheels in the final.

A screen capture looking back at Matt right before we lock wheels in the final.

The aftermath. Everyone looking for their board and making sure not to get run over.

The aftermath. Everyone looking for their board and making sure not to get run over.

Finals:

1 Jared Henry
2 Matt Ewalt
3 Dave Gnomesteeze
4 Cody Womack
5 Kyle Ramsey
6 Gerritt Horlick
Jared & Dave managed to stay clear of the carnage, but Matt showed how fast he really is. He was able to catch back up to them and pass Dave to grab second. It was pretty epic.

Jared & Dave managed to stay clear of the carnage, but Matt showed how fast he really is. He was able to catch back up to them and pass Dave to grab second. It was pretty epic.

As outlaws go there is always a sense of excitement when you can attempt to close down a road without the permission of the authorities. Something we have realized is that if there are enough people there watching and skating with a few hay bales and sponsor signs, no one will question if you are supposed to be there. I heard the cops did show up after we did prizes, but most people had left by then. So much appreciation for The pAth, a local Fayetteville skate and art shop. They were responsible for organizing all the skating that went down over the weekend and making sure there were prizes for both days. They did a great job and I can’t wait to go to another one of their events.

the pAth Outfitters

the pAth Outfitters

The guys behind The Path, Matt Miller & Bill Harris. Two very rad dudes that I know will help to grow the Arkansas skate scene.

The guys behind The Path, Matt Miller & Bill Harris. Two very rad dudes that I know will help to grow the Arkansas skate scene.

I have a feeling that the Fayettechill Summer Solstice will be back next year, if you live anywhere near Arkansas make sure you plan to come out. You won’t be disappointed.

Make sure to be on the lookout for Day 3 video featuring the outlaw race. Will be coming out next week.

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