An estimated 3,000 people showed up on August 17th for the dedication of the new Lopez Island skatepark and for the first annual Retreat! A week long vacation for legendary skateboard and BMX pros built up to a full day event featuring a ribbon cutting and dedication of the new park donated by Skatelite, a jam session on the new park and demo on the official Xgames vert ramp.
Athletes in attendance were Bob Burnquist, Bucky Lasek, Pierre-Luc Gagnon, Paul Rodriguez, Lincoln Ueda, Manny Santiago, Jett and Jagger Eaton, Mat Hoffman, Ryan Nyquist, Dennis McCoy, Chad Kagy, Zack Warden, Simon Tabron, Steve McCann, Elliot Sloan, Chet Thomas, Greg Lutzka, and Adam Dyet.
A big thank you to all of our friends who came out to say hi to the islanders… Bern, Outdoor Tech, evo, All Together Skatepark, Darkstar, Enjoi, Twig, Grow Anthology, Nautique, GoPro, Rhino Gear, Transworld Skateboarding and Ride BMX, Dakine, Coal, Nike, ResQ Water… and to California Rampworks for transporting the ramps and putting it all together!
P-Rod signing autographs at a private breakfast/autograph signing with the kids of Lopez Island where they got to meet all of their favorite skate and bmx athletes.
Jereme Rogers signing autographs
The crew arriving at The Retreat event site on Lopez Island.
Lopez Island Community Center Director Janet Baltzer on the brand new Skatelite ramp surfaces for the dedication ceremony.
Darkstar athlete Greg Lutzka in the foreground breaking in the new park
Adam Dyet from the Darkstar Skate team killing it in Street Session #1.
Bob Burnquist and Elliot Sloan watch as Zackery Warden kicks off the Vert Session.
The legendary, 12x X Games medalist Bucky Lasek on the vert ramp
11 year old, X Games Big Air Skateboard Finalist Jagger Eaton
Mat Hoffman amazing the crowd, as usual!
Darkstar athlete Pierre Luc Gagnon getting ready to drop in on the vert ramp.
High flying Lincoln Ueda
Pro BMX athlete Dennis McCoy
Chad Kagy on the vert ramp
The amazing fans of The Retreat came out in full force! You guys were awesome!
Between sessions people lined up for autographs and checked out the sponsors tents!
Thanks to all of the food and drink vendors. Scurvy Dog, BBQ brisket,Athena’s Lopez Village Market, Cakeater (shaved ice), an ice cream stand…You kept our stomachs full and thirst quenched!
Jereme Rogers on the street course.
Jagger Eaton and Jereme Rogers played a couple games of skate. It was close, but Rogers walked away with the win.
More autograph signing before our musical guests took us into the evening.
San Juan Island natives, The Good Husbands opening up
Sol enjoying Lopez Island weather and entertaining the crowd!
Sunset sessions with Sol
The Blue Scholars finished off the night!