Inaugural “Summit City Rock the Ramp” Leaves Marks of Success on Calhoun Street

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Chris Gerber (L) Brandon Wolferman (R) pull off side-by-side backflips during the BMX Stunt Demo Photo: Caitlin Crowley !

July 19th, 2015 marked the date for the 1st ever “Summit City Rock the Ramp”.  A celebration of Action Sports & Local Music just south of downtown Fort Wayne.  We had planned this event for over 8 months and it was finally go time!  The day started off bright and early as we convoyed all of the ramps and obstacles from the skatepark to our location on the 1800 block of South Calhoun St.

Event planners & volunteers alike were on site shutting down the street with barricades, setting up temporary fencing to outline our location as we set out to do something that had never been done in Fort Wayne, and that was to throw the cities 1st ever Action Sports and Music Festival!

The BMX Demo Course

A view from the top of the BMX Demo Course Roll In

The Skate Contest Set-up & Music Stage

The Skate Contest Set-up & Music Stage


The plan; have everything ready to go by 2pm and open the gates!  The actual was a massive rain storm that set in for about an hour at about 2:30pm.  The rain delayed the activities for about an hour as crews and the sun helped dry the street and we began our day with an outstanding BMX Stunt demonstration by local riders and Solution Action Sports.  Riders performed stunts, flips, spins and numerous other variations on the one-of-a-kind set up directly in front of the Oyster Bar on S. Calhoun.

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Austin Curry grinding his way to victory during the skate contest! Photo: Caitlin Crowley

Skate Contest Podium: David Rickey (L) Luke Schooley (M) Austin Curry (R)

Skate Contest Podium:
David Rickey (L) Luke Schooley (M) Austin Curry (R)

Directly after the BMX Stunt show the Skateboard Competition got under way with 10 area skaters going for the podium.  The course was set up on the street in front of Calhoun Street, Soups, Salads, & Spirits.

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41 Year Old Back Flip by Co-Owner Rich Hoppe. Photo: Journal Gazzette

Things we getting heated up on Calhoun Street as we introduced the next BMX show, directly after the 41-year-old co-owner of the park flips a little kids bike, we introduce a special demonstration by one Shaun Doss.  Shaun is a WCMX  athlete and completely blew the crowd off their feet during the demo with has amazing wheelchair stunts!

Shaun Doss rolls into a 8' tall quarter pipe!

Dan Butler (L) and Rich Hoppe (R) a touch nervous as Shaun Doss prepares to roll into a 8′ tall quarter pipe!

After all the BMX & Skateboarding action was complete, we moved our attention to the music stage that was set up with the Fort Wayne Funk Orchestra ready to rock!

The Fort Wayne Funk Orchestra!

The Fort Wayne Funk Orchestra!

Jenny Dagger along with her daughters Grace & Scarlett enjoying the bands!

Jenny Dagger along with her daughters Grace & Scarlett enjoying the bands!

The day ended up winding down around 9pm as we packed up the festival until next year. We plan to bring a bigger and more intense event to our beloved city in 2016!

Here is a video by Nick Henny that captures the day very well!

Additional Video / Write up via the Journal gazette can be found by Clicking Here

Thank you for all your support!

Dan Butler / Rich Hoppe and the entire Fort Wayne Indoor Crew!

Special Thanks go out to all of our sponsors and also these fine people who helped out with countless hours of meetings and preparations for this event.

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For more photos of the event by Caitlin Crowley Click Here