Skate Tours

Grant Taylor, Ben Raybourn and David Gonzalez get it done in the D.
Skate Rock is the kind of weird invention that could only come from the mind of Thrasher editor Jake Phelps: A seven-city tour featuring four bands, four Thrasher Skaters of the Year and lots of mayhem. Skate Rock kicked off in Detroit and the city proved to be an awesome location for Ben Raybourn and David Gonzalez to drop hammers and rock out.

Skate slams are the easy part. It's the indoor fireworks and smashed lightbulbs that you need to watch out for.
The Skate Rock tour made its way through Illinois with stops in Chicago and Carbondale before moving on to St. Louis, Missouri. With Riley Hawk added to the roster and Andy Roy up to Andy Roy antics, things get out of control in a hurry.

That's what happens when a crew of 40 skaters and bands pile into vans for long periods of time.
The idea behind the Skate Rock 2013 was pretty simple. Throw a massive crew of skaters—including four of Thrasher's Skaters of the Year—band members, and random hangers-on into a fleet of vans and have them skate all day and play music all night as they travelled across the country. The results were epic. The drummer from the band Bad Shit summed it up best, "Drunken fun debauchery music wild loud nonstop." Sure, that's not really a sentence, but it makes perfect sense.