Skatelite® Brings The Retreat Skateboard & BMX Festival to Washington’s Lopez Island

More than 15 of the world’s top skate and BMX athletes will escape the mainland on August 17 and converge on Lopez Island in Washington State’s San Juan Islands to relax after the X Games, session on their own terms and hang with the locals. It’s called The Retreat presented by Skatelite®, the world’s premier manufacturer of skate ramp surface materials made in good ol’ Tacoma, USA. The Retreat is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to skate, ride and party with the best when they’re off the clock in one of North America’s most spectacular and relaxed landscapes.

Summer days are balmy and long on Lopez with daylight that pushes to 10 p.m. Skatelite is donating and dedicating a new 60’x80’ skate park on the island that day and is hosting a free skate and BMX demo featuring the athletes and a festival with food, music and entertainment. California RampWorks, designers and builders behind every significant competition skate park in the world, will set up their vert ramp (coming directly from the X Games in LA) for the pros beside the new park to add to the spectacle.

Athletes Attending

Bob Burnquist
Bucky Lasek
Pierre-Luc Gagnon
Paul Rodriguez
Jereme Rogers
Elliot Sloan
Lincoln Ueda
Manny Santiago
Jett Eaton
Jagger Eaton
Mat Hoffman
Ryan Nyquist
Dennis McCoy
Chad Kagy
Zack Warden
Simon Tabron
Steve McCann

Getting to the Retreat

You will likely never have a chance again to be in such close presence to action sports greatness. The biggest challenge will be getting to Lopez Island. Make it happen. We have thought of everything to help you achieve your dream of participating in The Retreat. Want to make it a long-weekend? Come early with your camping gear and stay at Camp Skatelite for only $5 for two nights - arrive on Friday, leave on Sunday. Prefer to come just for the day of the event, there are different considerations for walk-ons, bicyclists, cars and boaters.

Costs and Reservations

The Retreat is free. The Skatelite Park-and-Ride in Anacortes is free (1700 Q Ave.). The ferry pass costs hard-earned dollars. Ferry traffic is busy in August. The best solution to avoid the frenzied ferries is to walk or cycle on. Walk-ons are $12.50 per person. Cyclists are an additional $4. Cyclists and walk-ons can ensure space on the ferry from Anacortes to Lopez Island in advance through The Retreat reservations system. Show up to the park-and-ride an hour early, turn in your reservation receipt for a ferry pass and hop on a shuttle (walk-ons) or ride your bike to the ferry with your pass. Food and beverages will be available through friendly local establishments on Lopez as well as at the event so bring some extra dollars to keep yourself well hydrated and fed.

If you plan to drive on the ferry, head directly to the ferry terminal and get in line to purchase your ferry pass. Know before you go: driving will be a challenge because the ferries are at full capacity in August, lines will be long and you might not be able to get off the island on Saturday or Sunday as everyone else is leaving those days, especially on Sunday.

Anyone and everyone is encouraged to come to The Retreat but we want to make sure you can get to the island before the ferries fill up.

Make a reservation as a walk-on or cyclist and Skatelite will help ensure you get on the ferry and have a great experience.

Making Your Way to Lopez Island

The Retreat is going to be an experience like no other. Getting to Lopez will be an experience like no other if you don’t plan ahead due to high volumes of traffic on the limited ferry runs during weekends in August. Skatelite highly recommends going the walk-on or cycling route and, if your schedule allows, coming early and camping out at Camp Skatelite - arrive on Friday and leave on Sunday. Following are the various transportation options:

Walk-On / Cycling / Ferry with Camping/ August 16-18

Want to make a weekend out of it? Stay at Camp Skatelite, a 10-acre field we’ve rented on Lopez Island. The camp opens at 8 a.m. on Friday and shuttles will run walk-ons from the ferry terminal to the campsite all day and night. Make a reservation to ensure you get on the ferry that day. Park  your car at The Retreat parking-and-ride in Anacortes (1700 Q Ave.), turn in your reservation receipt for a ferry pass, grab your camping gear (tent, sleeping bag, mattress, stove, food, drink, you know the drill), jump on the free shuttle and Skatelite will take care of it from there. Or, if you prefer to ride your bike, park your car at the Skatelite park-and-ride, turn in your reservation receipt for a ferry pass and pedal to the ferry with your gear. Cycling is a great way to explore the island and we encourage it. Walk-on campers and cyclists will be shuttled to the ferry on Sunday so plan for two nights of sleeping under the stars if you choose to sleep. Shuttles will regularly be running between the ferry dock, The Retreat at the Lopez Island Community Center (3 miles from the dock) and Camp Skatelite (6 miles from the dock).

Biking Distances

**IMPORTANT** You will not be allowed to put you bike on the shuttle busses.  You can park at 1700 Q Avenue, Anacortes, WA and then bike to the Terminal (20 minutes needed) 4 miles.  Then you’ll have an 8 mile ride from the ferry terminal on Lopez to Camp Skatelite.

Park N Ride Anacortes to Ferry Terminal 4 miles
Lopez Landing to The Retreat 4 miles
Lopez Landing to Camp Skatelite 8 miles
Camp Skatelite to The Retreat 4.2 miles

Ferries leave Anacortes at 6:15 a.m., 9:35 a.m., 12:35 p.m., 5:10 p.m., 6:45 p.m., and 9:00 p.m. It’s summer in the San Juans so get there early and beat the crowds that will be on the midday and later ferry runs.

Walk-On / Ferry Day of the Event

Make a reservation. Get to Anacortes early. It’s going to be busy. Park your car at The Retreat free park-and-ride lot in Anacortes (1700 Q Ave.), turn in your reservation receipt for a ferry pass ($12.50 for walk-ons), and hop on the shuttle.

Ferries leave Anacortes at 6:15 a.m., 9:35 a.m., and 12:35 p.m. It’s summer in the San Juans so get there early and beat the crowds. The last ferry leaves Lopez Island at 11:20. If you miss that one, you’ll be spending the night. Don’t worry, we’ll make sure that you’re on a shuttle back to the ferry terminal on time.

Bicycle / Ferry Day of the Event

Make a reservation. Get to Anacortes early. It’s going to be busy. Park your car at The Retreat free park-and-ride lot in Anacortes (1700 Q Ave.), turn in your reservation receipt for a ferry pass, ride your bike to the Anacortes ferry terminal. Exit the ferry on Lopez and ride 3 miles to The Retreat at the Lopez Island Community Center.

Ferries leave Anacortes at 6:15 a.m., 9:35 a.m., and 12:35 p.m. It’s summer in the San Juans so get there early and beat the crowds. The last ferry leaves Lopez Island at 11:20 p.m. If you miss that one, you’ll be spending the night. Ride fast and hard and bring your reflective gear so you can get back to the ferry on time (3 miles from The Retreat). Otherwise, see you at Camp Skatelite.

Inter-Island/San Juan Residents

Your life evolves around the ferry schedule. You know it better than we do. As long as you can make it to the Lopez Island ferry dock, we’ll have a shuttle waiting to transport you to The Retreat. Feel free to walk on the ferry and we’ll take it from there. We will also be running shuttles between the event down to the ferry for every departure no matter what island you’re coming from or going to that day.

Automobile / Ferry

Not recommended but if you want the adventure get to the ferry WAY early and leave the event early. Ferry traffic is typically at capacity in August so there is a chance you won’t make it off the island on Saturday or Sunday as everyone else is leaving those days, especially on Sunday.

Boat

You have a boat. Awesome. Anchor it in Fisherman’s Bay and hoof it to the event at the Lopez Island Community Center on your own schedule. You win.

Swimming

Good on ya’ if you have the ability to swim 15 miles to the island in  50-degree water. It would be epic. We don’t recommend it unless you know how to swim and have a chase boat as a back-up for the multiday adventure.

Seaplane

Come pick us up. We want a ride and will give you a free pass to our free event.

Schedule of Activities

Friday

8:00AM Camp Skatelite opens for early arrivals.

Shuttles will be running from The Retreat free parking lot at Q St. and 17th St. in Anacortes to the Anacortes ferry dock; and from the Lopez Island ferry dock, to Camp Skatelite and Lopez Village on frequent regular intervals throughout the day. Otherwise, you’re on your own. Enjoy the island.

Ferry Schedule from Anacortes to Lopez Island
6:15 a.m., 9:35 a.m., 12:35 p.m., 5:10 p.m., 6:45 p.m., and 9:00 p.m. It’s summer in the San Juans so get there early and beat the crowds that will be on the midday and later ferry runs.

Saturday

9:30AM to 10:30AM Skatelite skate park dedication to Lopez Island with the athletes
10:00AM to 6:00PM Pro vert demo, open skate and ride with the pros, music, food, beer garden
6:00PM-9:00PM Live music by The Good Husbands and a popular Northwest artist that we can’t name but will be worth the trip to Lopez to experience.
10:15PM Last shuttle leaves The Retreat for the Lopez ferry dock. Shuttles will be running throughout the day to pick up walk-ons at the ferry dock and drive them to The Retreat (3 miles from the dock). The last ferry to leave Lopez on Saturday night is midnight. If you miss that one, you’re spending the night. Best option: Camp Skatelite.

Sunday

5:50AM Shuttle service resumes from Camp Skatelite. This is your day to enjoy the island and catch a ferry back to the mainland
8:00PM Camp Skatelite closes. No squatters allowed despite the temptation to never leave your newfound friends on Paradise Island.

Now you are excited and wish to reserve your spot at the retreat!  So, here’s couple things you will need to cover when planning your trip to Lopez via our Reservation System.

1. Select the day you wish to arrive.

2. Follow each step of the Registration Form until you have selected your entire trip from when you wish to arrive, how many guests you wish to purchase, if you wish to bring a bike all the way through till when you plan to leave the island.

Each day will present you with a a list of ferry times to select from for arriving on Lopez Island and then again for your departure.

3. Once your trip is completely planned out then just pay for your reservation and / or camping.

4. Be sure to save your confirmation email. There is a link to that will tak you to your personal itinerary and you will need to print this information and bring with you for check-in at the Anacortes Park N Ride.

*Plan to arrive at the Park N Ride 75 minutes before your ferry is scheduled to depart the terminal.

 

Now what are you waiting for?

Click here to Register for The Retreat

Camp Skatelite

Nothing beats camping in the San Juan Islands unless you’re camping at Camp Skatelite. We have reserved a 10 acre field of dreams for tent campers to create their own festive environment beyond the confines of The Retreat activities. Make a reservation. Bring all of your gear and get ready to party or sleep soundly in your own corner of the makeshift campsite. Bring your own food, beverages and entertainment for the off hours. Groceries are available on the island if you don’t want to pack it all in. Enjoy the luxuries of port-a-potties, water, and some food options on site coordinated by Skatelite. And don’t be surprised if one of your favorite pros shows up to hang out.

Camp Skatelite opens at 8 a.m. on Friday, August 16 and closes on Sunday, August 18 at 8 p.m. It’s going to be the summer of love all over again or not, Lopez Island style. Perfect weather usually wins out in August but use your noggin and pack accordingly. Shuttles will frequently run between the Lopez ferry dock to Camp Skatelite (6 miles) and The Retreat (3 miles). Campers should plan to arrive anytime on Friday and depart on Sunday. Saturday transportation from the Camp to the ferry is not an option. Plan for a rabid mess of traffic on the limited ferry runs. Get there early. Walk-ons are highly encouraged. Park your car at The Retreat free parking lot in Anacortes (1700 Q Ave.), catch a free Skatelite shuttle to the ferry terminal, turn off your brain and turn on the good times. If you intend to drive a car, know that ferry traffic is at capacity in August so you will have difficulty getting on and off the island anytime over the weekend. Plan to be there a couple of hours ahead of time. Not the recommended way to come to The Retreat but it’s your call. Just sayin’.

IIMPORTANT – NO CAMPFIRES will be allowed at Camp Skatelite so please bring appropriate cooking stoves for preparing food.

If I camp, may I leave Saturday night?

The camping option requires campers to check in Friday and leave on Sunday due to ferry traffic. The $5 fee covers two nights of camping.

Beginning at 5:00AM on Friday August 16th, guests can arrive at our free, secure park-n-ride (1700 Q Ave, Anacortes), to board a Bus Shuttle that will give you a free ride to the Anacortes ferry terminal.

Make your reservation now to pay the fee for a walk-on passenger of $12.50 per person and two nights of camping for $5. Bicycles are an additional $4.

Once you board the ferry, you will cross the water heading directly to Lopez Island where more shuttles will be ready to take you to Camp Skatelite. Shuttles will run between Camp Skatelite and Lopez Village all day Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The Retreat is located in town at the Lopez Island Community Center.

Shuttles will be running all day Sunday to take campers back to the ferry to return to Anacortes.

 

 

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What is there to do on Lopez Island?

Lopez Island, nestled in Washington's San Jaun archipelago, features some of the Pacific Northwest's most dramatic scenery and a serene environment with local businesses offering a plethora of dining, shopping, cultural and tourism activities from kayaking to whale watching.

Visiting Lopez Island - More Info
Lopez Island Map - See Map of Lopez

What do I need to camp?

Pack light as you will be carrying everything with you on the bus and space may be limited. You should bring a tent, small tarp, sleeping bag, flashlight, some food, water and basic needs. There will be toilets, showers and a general store at Camp Skatelite plus 24 hour security.

How early should I arrive for my shuttle?

We highly recommend you arrive at least 45 minutes to an hour before your ferry time. For the 6:20 a.m. ferry departure, please arrive at the shuttle park-n-ride at 5:35am to secure your vehicle and allow time for check in and loading.

What if the ferry is sold out?

The Retreat staff has been working with the WSDOT to ensure that we don’t overload the ferries with passengers or create a bottleneck to where people are waiting hours to get on the boat to Lopez. Our reservation system is the best way to ensure that you are able to make the trip as you wish by selecting and keeping to your schedule.

Can I drive myself?

We do not recommend this as there are a number of variables that would cause you to have a less than pleasant experience. A) Wait times at the Terminal: in the Summer months it is not uncommon to have to wait for 2 or more ferries before you can load your vehicle. This is due to a restriction on the number of cars allowed to board each boat. B) Limited Parking: Lopez Island is not a very large island and parking is very scarce. Again, we strongly suggest clicking here and reserving your trip via our shuttle system and eliminating a lot of extra waiting.

Campfires at CAMP SKATELITE?

Campfires are not allowed so please plan on bringing appropriate cooking equipment if you plan to cook.

How far is it to travel between all these spots?

Anacortes Park N Ride to Ferry Terminal --- 4 miles Lopez Landing to The Retreat 4 miles Lopez Landing to Camp Skatelite 8 miles Camp Skatelite to The Retreat 4.2 miles

Can I bring my bike on the shuttles?

No. We aren't going to put bikes on the busses. You can park at 1700 Q Avenue, Anacortes WA and then bike to the Terminal (20 minutes needed) 4 miles. Bikes load first, so please make sure are there to load prior to vehicles.