In 1986 a group of kids
built a giant halfpipe in a country club in Centreville, Va.
The project was funded by one of their dads who owned the country club and even
set them up with an architect to make the ramp perfect. The frosting on the
cake was that the ramp had sheets of steel opposed to plywood for the top
layer. It even had an apartment and a garage built under the decks. For years
the Cedar Crest Country Club (aka the CCCC or The Crest) became a destination
spot for skateboarders and punk bands from across the country. People moved to
the area just to be closer to this Mecca
of a ramp.
This documentary covers the closing of the skateparks and the destruction of wood ramps that lead to this project. How a bunch of frustrated kids who had nowhere to skate took the initiative and used their blood, sweat, tears, and happy-go-lucky dad’s money to build the ramp.
We hear testimonials by Ian MacKaye, members of Gwar, and many others on what it was like to play on a ramp in the middle of the woods to hundreds of sweaty kids. You get to see actual footage of bones being broken during some rowdy “snake sessions.” Other than those incidents, the punks, skaters, metalheads, and even country bumpkins got along just fine at the tent-filled grounds of the CCCC.
It’s a good documentary with a lot of archived videos and photos from CCCC’s five-year run. It would’ve been nice if the doc went into more detail on why the patrons just stopped showing up. But then again, if it was any longer than ninety minutes I could have seen myself getting bored. –Rick V. (Subterra Films)