Back in 2000, Taj Mihelich moved from Austin to Olympia, Washington, where he designed a skatepark that was attached to a bike, skate, and snow shop called Thunderdome. The park contained a 28-foot wide 5-1/2-foot tall spine mini ramp, two rhythm-style jump boxes (each box allows the rider to hip in a different direction), a normal jump box, a micro mini ramp, and a bunch of wall rides. Incredibly, it only took Nate Wessel and "Afro" Pat Schraeder nine days to complete the construction of the park. Unfortunately, the Thunderdome never actually opened to the public and was only around for about 6 months in 2001 before the building was condemned from earthquake damage. According to Taj, "Part of the ceiling fell in and one of the walls was starting to fall into the street. We filmed riding there for [etnies] Forward while the building was condemned. And then I moved away on my birthday 8/31/2001."

This random footage of Taj just casually flowing the park and linking lines is just a teaser of all the potential this park had. You can see some more wild stuff Taj filmed at Thunderdome, including an insane 360 wall tap spine transfer in his section from the etnies video Forward here.

Stay tuned for our Life After Pro video with Taj, dropping right here on Ride, Monday May 1st.

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