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Salad Days Magazine | December 15, 2018

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Monster Energy Skateboarding drops new ‘Altitude Sickness’ Video

Monster Energy Skateboarding drops new ‘Altitude Sickness’ Video
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For a skateboarding trip off the beaten path, the Monster Energy team paid a visit to legendary Volcom Brothers Skatepark in Mammoth Lakes, California.

Mammoth Mountain is a striking locale, complete with expansive meadows, old forests, and jagged rock spires. Fitting that it has a skatepark of equal magnitude.

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Filmed by Jared Lucas, photos by Bryce Kanights and music by Kelp Forest, the new four-minute video ‘Altitude Sickness’ chronicles the high-energy session in the mountainous setting where Monster Energy’s Ben Hatchell, Pierre Luc Gagnon (PLG), Sam Beckett, Raven Tershy, Tom Schaar and Trey Wood are just descending from a heavy trip in the thin mountain air.

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Nestled into the scenic hillside at the foot of Mammoth Mountain, the Volcom Brothers park is a unique concrete wonderland of bowls, hips, and wall rides plus massive rocks and organic elements for a true taste of nature. “The park is super fun, it’s almost like skating in some weird alternative reality – like skating on Mars!” said Monster Energy’s Tershy.

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As Tershy pointed out, the layout of the park blends seamlessly with the natural features and curvature of the environment. “It’s a pretty crazy landscape, they just threw a bunch of concrete over all these lumps and humps.”

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At an elevation of 7,880 feet, the thin air took some adjustment on behalf of the skaters, while the park’s organic transitions and hand-poured copings added to the challenge. “It makes it super hard to skate, but super fun and interesting. So when you get a trick, you feel real psyched on it ‘cause it definitely wasn’t easy,” said Tershy.

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As the session got rolling, the riders found their groove and each left their mark with fast lines, high airs, creative lip tricks, and never-seen-before transfers under the wide-open skies of Mammoth Lakes.

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A huge thanks goes out to Mammoth Mountain www.mammothmountain.com and Thrasher Magazine http://www.thrashermagazine.com/articles/altitude-sickness/ for their support.

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