The Bear

Albuquerque's original Skateboard spot and home of the world's largest banked slalom course. Skateboarders have been riding and racing here since 1976.

The Bear's cover photo


This was such an exciting final, good clean racing boys!

Did you miss the Liqwood Board Sports BoarderCross final today? Never fear, here is the nail biter video of the complete race! Sean Stratmeyer took the coveted first place tumbleweed, narrowly edging out Robin McGuirk in a battle that came down to the final turn!!
#ditchesaredeadly #DitchSlap #boarderx

The Bear's cover photo


Rain! Gaaaah!! We're headed to skate school for the day!

Lose your gloves? @stevensuhama found these in layton by the chinese ditch race spot. We'll have them at the rider's meeting tomorrow!

Chineeeeese ditch race! We changed it up a little this year for possibly our last #chineseditchrace and made them race SWITCH! @williamroyce swooped it, @eastsidelongboards took second and was finally dethroned, @stevensuhama rounded out the podium. #ditchesaredeadly #DitchSlap #laytonditch #willdo

Aaand it's already broken! Don't give skateboarders glass! Now it's travel sized!

Aaand it's already broken! Don't give skateboarders glass! Now it's travel sized!

Chineeeeese ditch race! We changed it up a little this year for possibly our last #chineseditchrace and made them race SWITCH! @williamroyce swooped it, @eastsidelongboards took second and was finally dethroned, @stevensuhama rounded out the podium. #ditchesaredeadly #DitchSlap #laytonditch #willdo

Talking points and the contest hashtags! I'm not using them in this post because I'm lazy.

The @liqwoodboards Boarder cross was epiiiiic! Tight heats and fast runs from everyone! @drunken.chorizo took the win with @eastsidelongboards nipping at his heels. @jimmywesterson rounded out the podium. Thanks for awesome racing everyone! Don't forget about the slap party at @palmerbrewery tonight at 6!!
#ditchesaredeadly #DitchSlap #boarderx

Complete time sheet from today's Banked Slalom Race...the numbers tell the story!

Today went off without a hitch! Here's the podium from the banked slalom! @chestnut068 took the top spot, followed by @eastsidelongboards , and @deadbear13 rounding out the podium. Thanks for an awesome time racing, and we'll see you all tomorrow! If you don't know where it will be, shoot us a message!

Check ins have commenced!

Ditch Slap 09 -- filmed by

Cameras sure have improved over the last 10 years, and we're still having as much fun as ever!

Ditch Slap 2009 -- as seen from the lens of DurangoBoards. This is an annual gathering of boarders from around the world, organized by the Timeship Racing cr...

We are FOUR days away! Not only is registration closed but we are officially 100% full! Thank you all for making this year an epic SOLD OUT event! It's going to be a great one!
Riders: @adrian_da_kine and @drunken.chorizo

It's May! We're 6 days away people! If you have not recieved the email explaining things, and letting you know where to meet for check ins, send us a dm! Also if you are coming in early and need a ride from the airport, or just a good sesh... Let us know as well!
Rider: @brandontissen
馃摲: @joshtafari1930
#getonthebus #payattentionatridersmeetings #DitchSlap #ditchesaredeadly

Slap is in 8 days people! Are you as hyped as we are?! We only have TWO spots left! This year is going to be an awesome one! Just over a week and we'll be cruising indian school, like this clip of @stormstooper
馃帴: @deadbear13
#DitchSlap #ditchesaredeadly #indianschooloutlaws #getonthebus #feedthebear

We're a lucky 13 days away from #DitchSlap and we're super excited! We'd like to give a huuuge thanks to every one of our sponsors this year! @bonzing @blacklabslide @paristruckco @skatecitysupply @palmerbrewery @liqwoodboards @ollinboardco @daddiesboardshop @riptidesports @drangboardco @skateschoolsantafe and @maizeskateboards
This event couldn't happen without you!
Have you registered yet? If you haven't, there are only a couple spots left! Once those spots are full, we can't allow anyone else on the bus, as per the company's regulations. So make sure you sign up, so you won't miss out!
#getonthebus #ditchesaredeadly

Some ditches are bigger, some are smoother and some are choose!

Reposted from @raversnotinjail - Got the team covered #bitchslap @ditchslap - #regrann
Cody Raver always made racing fun! We lost a good friend today. He'd always made sure to give us a little crap, always in good fun, and would always take the hardest slam. We're honored that your last post was making fun of us, and We'll be thinking of you the entire time during slap, and make sure to eat some sh*t for you Raver! 馃挏馃挌
Ps: we would have put a picture of him first, but I think his thoughts should be shared over everything.
@ Albuquerque, New Mexico

There are 10 spots left...Yeee!

#50daysofditchslap Continues!
@a_d_smooth Flowing and ripping through the #ditches @ditchslap!
#blacklabslide #blacklabslidepucks #slideonusnotyourass #spreadthestoke #sendit #skateschoolsantafe #ditchesaredeadly #ditchslap #trolls #trollbridge #helmetsrule #skate #skateboard #skateboarding #skater #longboard #longboarding #longboarder #slide #slidepucks #pucks #albuquerque #newmexico

@bonzing has sent some boards out for us again this year! As always, they'll have a team presence at slap as well! Get your chance to win one of the decks and sign up for slap at
Rider: @drunken.chorizo
馃摲: @deadbear13
#DitchSlap #ditchesaredeadly #getonthebus #bonzing

We're exactly one month out! @daddiesboardshop from Portland has come on as a prize sponsor this year. Their OG team rider @eastsidelongboards will be coming to shred again for his 10th year at Ditch Slap, and will hopefully dodge some eggs!

There are now less than 20 spots left to register for Ditch Slap...Get on the Bus! Photo: Nick Breton

We'd like to thank @liqwoodboards for sponsoring our boarder cross again this year! We're coming up with a new course this year! Have you signed up yet? Do so at! Link in bio.
#getonthebus #ditchesaredeadly #getonthebus
Rider: @kurt_thesquirt
馃摲: @deadbear13

Tumbleweeds and Trolls tend to gather under bridges so Beware! Photos: Jon Huey

Big thanks to @maizeskateboards for coming on as a #DitchSlap sponsor! Also, check out this rad flyer their artist Ryan made! Epic! #getonthebus #ditchesaredeadly

Tumbleweeds, lurking trolls, shopping carts, broken boards and broken bones...what could possibly go wrong? Artwork by Ryan Todacheeney

50 days until #DitchSlap !!! Hoping it stays dry! Head to Black Lab Slide Pucks and check out their #50daysofditchslap ! It starts today! Here's one of their team riders @deadbear13 dodging a little water. #ditchesaredeadly #getonthebus
馃帴: #philginn

Even if the Ditch fully Slaps you, it's hard to not want to get back in there and have some fun. Ryan Ricker filming the Parking Block Challenge quite a few years back. Ditch Slap bandanas are good for all kinds of things, including slings! Photos: Jon Huey

Interesting Engineering

Just what the world needs...more concrete ditches!

This machine digs trenches at unimaginable speeds via allcons Maschinenbau GmbH

@sk8thedowner embodied the soul of #DitchSlap last year and took home the #MostStoked award for having the most fun! It's anyone's game as to who's going home with the award this year! Make sure you register and get your chance at it! #getonthebus #ditchesaredeadly
馃摲: @kurt_thesquirt

Sometimes the Ditches clean themselves!

Ditch Slap is on the official Nor Am schedule! Whether you are a Rider, Ripper or Racer 2019 is going to be sick!

Are you getting psyched for this years Ditch Slap? Zac is pumped and charging the banked slalom course at Layton Ditch, but no one knows which course we'll be racing this year! Registration for both races and shuttle days is filling up at Photo: Jon Huey

Thread the needle! We want to see your best #threadtheneedle photos! There may be a prize involved for the best one at slap!
馃摲: @deadbear13

76 days left! Are you ready yet?! @deadbear13 is!
馃摲: @drunken.chorizo
#getonthebus #DitchSlap #ditchesaredeadly

We're excited to have @skatecitysupply come on as a sponsor this year! It's been years, and we're hyped to have them on board with us!
Photo: #skatecitysupply team rider @jimmywesterson rips the banked slalom at #DitchSlap2018
馃摲: @drunken.chorizo
#DitchSlap #ditchesaredeadly #getonthebus

@blacklabslide has come on as a sponsor for #DitchSlap ! They'll also have a team presence at the event! Make sure to register if you want a chance to grab some pucks, and hang out with the black lab folks! #getonthebus #ditchesaredeadly #slideonusnotyourass
Photo: @ann_r_key_23 takes on #TheBear !
馃摲: @deadbear13

@paristruckco has come on as a #DitchSlap sponsor! A big thank you to Paris! They'll be providing breakfast on both freeride days again! #paristruckco #getonthebus #ditchesaredeadly
- The Paris crew blasts through a tunnel at Indian School.
馃摲: @deadbear13

This under the bridge line has only gotten worse over the years, but that's what keeps it challenging! David Hackett focused AF. Registration for Ditch Slap is now 1/2 full, sign up at if you want to be one of the 70 riders to "Get on the Bus!"

Stay on course or pay the price!

82 days! That may sound like a lot, but it will be here in a flash! Make sure you register before it creeps up on you, the way @deadbear13 creeped on @joshtafari1930 and @drunken.chorizo in this shot!Registration link is in the bio!
#getonthebus #DitchSlap #ditchesaredeadly

Do you and your significant other skate? Are you looking for the perfect Valentine's day gift? Surprise them by signing you both up for slap, and give them the confirmation in a card! Nothing says I love you like giving them a trip to roll around in grimy ditches in Albuquerque! Then you basically have another Valentine's in May! A sure-fire way to win your lover's heart! (Card sold separately) Registration link in our bio
#vdayskates #skatedate #getonthebus #ditchslap #ditchesaredeadly
馃摲: @teacatphotography

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