While the Mission Dolores neighborhood plays host to the Patagonia-wearing set these days, it’s nice to see that it occasionally harkens back to grubbier days with the Dolores Street hill bomb, an unofficial, word-of-mouth event that takes place at roughly the same time each year.
The skating event, which happened Thursday evening, draws hundreds of skaters whose sole goal is to rocket themselves down Dolores Street as fast as they can. From seamless executions to extreme wipeouts, these fearless souls are cheered on by hundreds of onlookers living vicariously through them.
“Everyone was seeking maximum brutality of epic proportions,” Matt Beaton, 22, tells SFGate. “I got the invite today to come bomb some hills with my best friends and there’s nothing on earth I’d rather do.”
Not content with riding skateboards, some participants used bicycles as makeshift boards, standing atop the seat and handlebars. It looks as terrifying as it sounds. And this year’s steep skating bacchanalia, the third one since 2017, even featured a new element: illegal fireworks.