The skate culture is alive and well in the Pacific Northwest. Known for its vibrant skateboarding scene, the region has produced many influential skateboarders, skateboarding companies and skateparks over the years. Last week, sports photographer Troy Nebeker, photographed Seattle’s “Cinco DeMarginal” skate event where he captured images of expert skaters as they showed off their daring skills and epic tricks.
Photographed at The Marginal Way Skatepark, an iconic a DIY concrete park built under the West Seattle Bridge, "Cinco DeMarginal" is one of photographer Troy Nebeker’s favorite events of the year to photograph. While the heavy action was happening in the bowls – Troy enjoyed spending time on the fringes of this event to capture the culture and scene.
“There is a simple joy to a plank of wood with four wheels,” says Troy. “Work like this is rewarding. I like being able to interact and blend in with any situation. Young, golden years, black, purple, green - people are amazing.
Portland, Oregon is also known for its DIY skate spots, such as Burnside Skatepark, which was built by skaters in the early 1990s. The city also has several indoor skateparks, including Windell's Skatepark, which is located on Mt. Hood and offers year-round skateboarding.
In addition to Portland and Seattle, other cities in the Pacific Northwest also have a strong skateboarding presence. For example, Vancouver, British Columbia is home to the legendary Hastings Skatepark, which has been a destination for skaters from around the world since it was built in 2001.
“The Pacific Northwest skate parks foster a sense of individuality and creativity,” Says Troy, “Each city’s commitment to building and maintaining skateparks and skate spots that are accessible to everyone is a true gift!”