Woodward West just got a massive new addition in the form of a vert ramp with legendary status. The original Animal Chin ramp gained its fame from the legendary skateboarding video The Search for Animal Chin from 1987. Aside from the video’s cult status, the actual ramp was like no other and featured a vert spine outfitted with an escalator, extensions, channels, and mini ramp on one of its decks. The new incarnation of the legendary ramp was built by our very own Nate Wessel, Ryan Corrigan, and Ron Kimler (and some skate dudes too)—who actually got some shine time at 9:06 hitting some wild looking spots with Rooftop. While the pool of BMX riders who can shred vert is the most shallow it’s ever been, we’re sure to see some wild riding on this beast for sure!
“In 1987, Powell Peralta released The Search for Animal Chin, its third video. In it, the Bones Brigade—Tony Hawk, Lance Mountain, Steve Caballero, Tommy Guerrero, and Mike McGill—embarked on a journey to find Won Ton “Animal” Chin, a mythical skater who had gone missing. The film concluded with the Bones Brigade skating what became known as the Chin ramp—a vert spine outfitted with an escalator, extensions, channels, a mini ramp on one of its decks, and a hidden tunnel. While it was said to be south of Guadalupe, in Mexico, between two junkyards, it was actually built in a field in Oceanside, California. The Bones Brigade skated it for a matter of days, in 1986, before it was torn down.
This past September, Tim Payne, who built the structure, quietly made his way to Woodward West, where he created a near-identical Chin ramp 30 years later. The original members of the Bones Brigade reunited at the camp for a series of sessions on perhaps the most famous vert ramp in skateboarding’s history.”