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This week's #RipperOfTheWeek is Eugene OG @shawnfromportland! Shawn's done a lot for the local skate scene over the span of the last couple decades, only felt right to recognize him and the crew! Check his Q&A on our blog, link in @tactics bio! @ashesmarion @fkg_duke @cruzgroovy @benjaminspok Keep those #CatchARip entries coming! #TacticsSkate
Go Skateboarding Day Eugene 2017 was another banger! Full recap video is live now via the link in @tactics bio! Get there! #GoSkateboardingDay #GSD #TacticsSkate #CatchARip/: @jordand3mo55
Old Skool meets new tech @vansskate Ultra Range Pro available now, link in @tactics bio! #Vans #UltraRange #SkateShoes: @beauwherethesnow /: @jordand3mo55
That's a wrap! What'd you do for Go Skate Day?? Check our @tactics @tactics_eugene & @tactics_bend stories to check all the chaos in our home towns!#goskateday #gsd #goakateday2017
It's finally here, Happy Go Skateboarding Day!! Check out our new accounts @tactics_eugene and @tactics_bend for more details on each city's events! Special shoutout to our sponsors @elementbrand and @adidasskateboarding for providing the goods! #GoSkateboardingDay #GSD #GoSkateboardingDay2017
HAPPY GO SKATEBOARDING DAY!! Today only, save 10% on skate gear, clothing and shoes. We'll also be donating 10% of our in-store sales to local non-profits, check out @tactics_eugene and @tactics_bend for more details. Come in today, get the hookup and help support a #LegitCause #GSD #GoSkateboardingDay
Eugene & Bend! We just launched accounts for @tactics_eugene & @tactics_bend so you can keep up on new arrivals, local events, sales & specials, team news, local rippers, and follow along with shop life. Today only, we are offering 10% off skate, clothes, and shoes, plus donating 10% of in store sales to local non-profits. Give us a follow, get the hookup, and help us support a #LegitCause. #tacticseugene #tacticsbend
The @bendvertsessions ramp is almost ready for ripping! Head to the Century Center for open sessions from June 23-25 9am-6pm. Don't miss the @theoutsidegames Showcase Session on June 25th from 5-6pm featuring Tactics team rider @jakeselover.More info at @bendvertsessions link in bio.: @bearings_skateboard_academy #bendvertsessions #subaruoutsidegames
IT'S SO CLOSE! Join us tomorrow for the 14th annual Go Skateboarding Day!We'll be meeting up in Eugene at the Autzen Foot Bridge at 1 PM and barging down the bike path to WJ Skatepark for tons of contests, prizes and, most importantly, SKATEBOARDING!! If you're in Bend, meet us at Ponderosa Skatepark fom 4-8pm for food, music, contests, prizes and more SKATEBOARDING! More details via the link in @tactics bio! #GoSkateboardingDay #GSD #TacticsSkate #CatchARip

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Master Plan Detour | #TacticsDH


Planning for this trip was a huge mess. Initially, the Tactics downhill skate team was set to trek through California with a group of other Oregonians to Red Bull's inaugural Donner Pass Downhill, but when the energy drink giant pulled out a week before the event, everything hit the fan. Some people bailed entirely and others re-routed their trips. To spite Red Bull and keep the stoke alive for those who had already booked trips to California, the Oakland skate house teamed up with the Sunset Sliders to put on the aptly named "Bummer Pass Outlaw Race".
 

Ross Drifts Right near Shasta | P. Chavez

With no plans to cancel our trip, Alec Whitman, Jaden Chavez, and I (Ross Druckrey) hit the road to explore new territory in Nor Cal then lurk in the Bay Area for the outlaw. Upon meeting up with the event organizers, we learned that the format would be "chinese downhill" or "everybody at once" on a divided coastal highway. To block traffic from behind, the Sliders bus and a box truck drove side by side at the 35 mph speed limit while racers pushed ahead and went considerably faster. The unique approach to an outlaw race actually worked pretty flawlessly for two runs until we caught a group of cars near the rough and rutted shut down causing a chain reaction pileup and immediately got the boot from the local PD. New Zealander Levi "Nek Minnit" Hawken got pretty torn up on the chunky pavement but nobody hit cars and nobody got tickets. Check out #BummerPassOutlaw on instagram for more coverage.
 

 

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Ross & Alec, Shake n' Bake at Bummer Pass | V. Druckrey

Sector 9 had a big crew in town for the race, so they rented a house in Pacifica and filmed for their new Downhill Division decks. Team dad Jeff Budro and Big Louis Pilloni took us in, so Jaden and Alec bombed hills in SF, slashed crusty pool coping, ate free spaghetti, and lived the high life for a few days while I put in my time on the product shoots.

 

Mack Wacey leads Jimmy Rhia & Jacko Shapiera down Lombard St. | P. Druckrey

After the Sector dudes hit the road, we headed east to Yosemite and the surrounding mountains. Hunting season sent us a relentless caravan of white pickup trucks on the steep narrow mountain passes, so we snuck in some mellow sunrise runs and cruised north for a midnight Shasta bomb and a chill day on some Nor Cal favorites before making the journey home.

Road life is always a rollercoaster. Expect the unexpected and let the road guide your journey. If there is any key to road trip succes, its flexiblity. Always stick to the Master Plan... B.

 

Jaden, Power Slide for Half Dome | P. Druckrey

 

One Speed Whitman | P. Druckrey

 

Alec & Jaden Drift Right | P. Druckrey

 

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