Love it or hate it, part of skateboarding is trespassing and having run-ins with authorities. When designing this year’s X Games Street Course, Dug Ketterman of California RampWorks envisioned authenticity, and the skaters did too. “Some of the skaters requested there be security guards chasing them,” Ketterman said. This year’s Street Course is designed with a school grounds theme, dubbed ‘Chick Hearn School’ for its location on Chick Hearn Court along Staples Center, Los Angeles Convention Center and LA Live. The design includes school lockers, hallway, vending machine, flagpole, bending brick wall, basketball half court, stair set and rails. Once California RampWorks built the course, artists James Haunt and Sean Enders were brought in to complete the elementary school feel.
Local Los Angeles artist/designer James Haunt added a “Real Street” element to the Street Course. He painted the dinosaur box rail and a section of a ramp.
Drawing from his “inner grammar school kid” Enders painted a mural complete with Sir Issac Newton, a dinosaur, rainbow, clouds and an astronaut.