by Josh Gross
UPDATE: According to event organizers, permits from the city are still pending.
Also, the organizers of the event are planning an online contest to change the name from Boise Capitol Bomb to something that doesn't sound like a potential effort to blow up the Capitol. That may not sound like it matters much, but an infamous group of downhill riders in Portland, Ore., called The Zoo Bombers, who gathered weekly to "bomb" the hill down from the Portland Zoo, were once questioned by the FBI over their advertisements which read "bomb the zoo, not Iraq." So, probably not the worst idea ever.
Due to a general lack of hills, hillbombing has never been a major movement in local skateboard culture. Which is a shame, not only because young Josh Brolin was SO DREAMY in the downhill climax to the classic '80s film Thrashin', but because bombing hills is one of the funnest ways to risk shattering your pelvis.
This summer, that's going to change.
A group of local skaters secured permits set a date and have permits pending for a large-scale downhill race: The Boise Capitol Bomb.
The place: Americana Boulevard. The date: Saturday, Aug. 10. The projected participation: "We're anticipating 200-300 participants," one of the event's organizers, Lana Westbrook, told BW via email. "There are two waves, adults 14 and up, and kids 13 and under."
At the bottom of the course, there will also be a yet-to-be-determined series of events, booths and generally festival-ly things.
The prize for not only surviving such a melee, but coming out on top will include a custom longboard from Sibbz Custom Rides and some other stuff, yet to be determined.
Though it's a shift from organizers' original plan to stage the race from the Boise Depot to the Capitol, the new location isn't ruffling any feathers.
"[This] way it's better for traffic, gives us more space to extend the event, etc.," said Westbrook.
Westbrook also told BW that organizers hope to make this an annual event.
Perhaps next time things can get really wild and the race can be down Bogus Basin Road. Young Josh Brolin would thrash the bejeesus outta that.