All empires will someday meet their inevitable demise.
Some simply fall sooner than others.
The end of Fivemile has weighed heavily on my mind for quite some time now, but after conferring with my former teammates I can only conclude that sometimes, thats just the way she goes.
It doesn’t do well to be too bummed out about it though. At least we raised hell while it lasted, and that is the irrefutable truth.
I remember when I first met the hard-talking tattooed pirates that ran the whole operation. I was but a scared little boy afraid to get bump-drafted by the big dogs and they were all mad scientists fervently declaring their next crazy advancement in board-shaping to be on par with that of the second coming of Christ.
Lost in the tide of technical jargon pertaining to triple-drops and mustache-rocker, I struggled to make sense of what exactly it was that I was riding, but then again in all honesty I didn’t really care.
The boards just felt good.
So I rode em. I rode em again and again and again, broke a couple, saved up and copped some more. Rain Daley was on the team back then and he was one of the first really good skaters to take me to the sweet shred-spots near where we lived and teach me how to not kill myself down the runs. I was hooked.
Careening down chunderous runs without knowing how to pendy can get all sorts of ugly; I had to lose a lot of skin before I figured out how to slow down right without bailing into a bush.
But you can only suck for so long before you inevitably start sucking less.
I watched a million skate videos and tried copying the styles of all the coolest riders at the time. It just so happened to be that some of the best skaters were local to my area and were more than down to call me a pussy and tell me I’m doing it wrong.
Trial by fire baby.
The whole Five Mile team as a whole was always down to kick it with my grommy self at events, always up to no good and never about the stress. It was a beautiful era in the longboarding spectrum of development; there was no standard metric for steeze and people didn’t try so hard to be something nobody understood.
It was all just a weird, good time for no reason and that was the best.
In that environment I eventually got picked up by them and proceeded to embark upon a series of wild misadventures with the team, the least of which include raucous fight-circles and one incredibly memorable encounter with a bear.
To be honest I’m surprised they all didn’t kill me; the scene at the time could be quite overwhelming for a little boy.
But it was still the best time I had ever had that far into my life. I could never have imagined feeling that alive while I was still just your average garden-variety nerdy degenerate.
And all too soon its over, just like that.
And I’m okay with it. It sucks, but I couldn’t be more grateful for all that I’ve learned from my time with them.
Cody Shea, ringleader and one of the evil masterminds behind the whole shebang had some parting words before we all split ways:
Over the past 10 years we have put our blood, sweat and tears into this vision we call Five Mile Skateboards. Since the beginning we’ve had the pleasure of creating our own unique decks to offer the world, created some rad videos, met an enormous amount of incredible people, travelled all over the world, sold our products on nearly every continent, and created relationships that will last a lifetime. Those experiences we wouldn’t give up for anything in the world. Like many good things in life, some things simply can’t last forever. With that being said it saddens us to announce that Five Mile is closing its doors after 10 wonderful years. It was a very tough decision for us to make, but we feel we have given this amazing ride everything we have to offer and it’s time we all move on to other things. We are very proud of all of our accomplishments over the past decade and we feel this is the best decision to make at this time. We want to publicly thank everyone who supported, helped, and believed in us for so long. We would also love to thank Resource Distribution for the tremendous support they have given us in offering Five Mile to the world.
Many of us, including our team riders, will be moving on to join other companies and we support every one of our riders in pursuing their skating careers. I myself will be joining Riviera Skateboards, Paris Trucks, and Divine Wheels to continue to bring the world high quality videos and plan on remaining involved in this industry that has given us so much. We here at Five Mile are a huge family and though it breaks our hearts to have to make this announcement, I have to say that we are excited for these new opportunities and we wouldn’t change anything even if we could. This company has helped us grow into the people we are today and I’m very proud of everything we’ve done the past 10 years.
With all that said, we would like to offer all of our supporters a chance to get your piece of Five Mile history while they are still available. We are working with a few of our loyal Five Mile distributors and retailers to spread whats left of our stock around and make it available at a lower price. We’re asking our retail partners to offer all of our last decks at the price of $89.00 each. So if you’ve been waiting to get your hands on one of our decks, now is your best chance before they are all gone! We are sad this day has come but we are also happy to offer our fans and supporters this chance to own one of our decks for a fraction of the original price. So get them while you can!
We would also like to acknowledge the many people that stuck with us over the years. To any riders who joined our team past and present, you know who you are and you know what you’ve done for us. We will never forget all of you for keeping us moving. It’s been truly a pleasure and a dream come true working on Five Mile all these years. I can honestly stand here today and tell you we gave it all we had, and we are proud of what we’ve done for the downhill skateboarding industry.
Though this may be the end of our past, it also marks the beginning of our future, and we are proud to know our legacy will last forever.
With much love and respect to all,
And The Five Mile Family
Lordy, we gave it a good run. Buuuut its time to put the horse to bed. I don’t even think thats an expression but I don’t care.
Good night sweet prince.