Veteran Pro Skateboarder Chris Cole Co-Founds Action Sports Music Festival
San Pedro, CA (March 20, 2019) — Renowned professional skateboarder Chris Cole has partnered with long-time entertainment producer John Reese of SGE and Nitro Circus to deliver a one-of-a-kind festival experience of skateboarding, BMX, motocross and music. On June 22, Gnarlytown will energize the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro, CA, with the perfect blend of action sports, punk rock, rap, and craft-beer tasting. And best of all, this family-friendly event is welcoming for the whole community. Headlining bands currently being announced for the include Rancid, Pennywise, Off!, Madball, and Action Bronson, with tickets available from March 22.
From kick off until the bands take the stage in the evening, Gnarlytown festivalgoers will be entertained by some of the biggest names in action sports alternating between BMX/FMX and skateboarding, all telecast onto the jumbotron to ensure the more committed don’t lose their preferred place at the beer tents or in the sun. Leading the two-wheeled action is Travis Pastrana’s Nitro Circus, famed for their daredevil FMX videos that grew into hit television shows and live touring phenomenon of extreme-sports performances and competitions. The four-wheeled entertainment will be the creative result of a long-time vision of Chris Cole — one of skateboarding’s most recognized and respected veterans — in which a personally invited squad of the sport’s elite will throw down for a day of cash-for-trick excitement.
Cole’s passion for music has always fueled his career in skateboarding, which now both combine to fuel his passion for Gnarlytown. “Creating a festival of this nature is something I’ve been thinking about since my early days skating at similar events; it’s a great experience for the skaters to be around the music, and a great opportunity for the festivalgoers to enjoy something extra,” informs Cole. “And it’s exciting and a real honor to be creating Gnarlytown with partnering co-founders John Reese and Nitro Circus.”
Chris Cole’s Rail Jam Invitational will present a selection of today’s gnarliest skate talent from the list of Cole’s personal favorites, which strongly suggests crowd favorite, heavy hitters such as Tom Asta, Chris Joslin, Sean Malto and Ryan Sheckler. Or, as Cole puts it, “Savages I want to see on the course.” With the skate action continuing in the background throughout the festival as the invitees and assorted guests refine their approach, each official jam event will run unstructured for the skaters to session freely as friends and locals do at a skate spot. Cash prizes are awarded for the most impressive tricks, with the dollar amount increasing for difficulty and personal style to incentivize more gnar for the viewing fans.
“The idea for the hubba rail has been in my brain for a long time,” he says of the custom-build skate course for the Chris Cole’s Rail Jam Invitational (a “hubba” being a ledge down a set of stairs). Overall the course presents an elongated skate park to facilitate user flow and viewer watchability, with a central level-change centerpiece comprised of stairs, a rail, and the long-envisioned hubba designed as an oversized guitar. Each end of the course will have transitioned quarter pipes to gather and wash speed, with additional bump-to-bar and A-frame obstacles along either side of the centerpiece for additional trick options.
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About: Chris Cole
Since entering professional skateboarding at age 16, Chris Cole has sustainably pursued a methodically productive career that spans the entire spectrum of the sport. He has had his name on hundreds of boards, released signature shoes with multiple brands, been on the podium for almost every major skateboarding event around the world, on the cover of the industry’s core magazines more than most, and received the title “Skater of the Year” twice — a double honor bestowed upon just one other skateboarder. He’s a role model as a skateboarder within the scene, as a professional within the industry, and as a father within the community. Although now refocusing from professional competitive skateboarding, Cole remains highly involved in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics at which the sport will make its highly anticipated debut. www.chriscobracole.com
Chris has the ability to make the most difficult tricks look easy. His consistency, creativity and hard work have already cemented his place in skateboarding history.
— Tony Hawk
He’s the first true elite-level professional skateboarder who will be at an elite level until his 40’s.
— Rob Dyrdek
About: Chris Cole’s Rail Jam Invitational
Chris Cole's Rail Jam Invitational will alternate with Nitro Circus programing throughout the Gnarlytown festival taking place on Saturday, June 22 at the scenic LA Waterfront at the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro, CA. Invitations are extended exclusively to Cole’s personal favorite skaters of today, irrespective of pro status, content results and sponsorship. The “jam” format allows the athletes to skate at will, with each best trick being rewarded with a cash prize — the better the trick, the higher the cash amount.
Gnarlytown kicks off this summer in Southern California with the perfect blend of action sports, punk rock, and craft beer tasting at the scenic LA Waterfront at the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro, CA on Saturday, June 22. This new one-of-a-kind, family-friendly event brings together thrilling, extreme action-sports shows with motorsports champion Travis Pastrana’s Nitro Circus and pro skateboarder Chris Cole’s Rail Jam Invitational, along with performances from punk rock legends and other top music acts including Rancid, Pennywise, Action Bronson, Off!, and Madball. The event will also feature craft beer tastings (until 4:00pm) from some of the finest breweries in Southern California and beyond, including Rancid’s own collaboration with Ska Brewing, Brewstomper for those aged 21 and up.
Tickets for Gnarlytown go on sale Friday, March 22 at 10:00 AM PT at www.Gnarlytown.com, with General Admission tickets starting at $39.99 (plus fees), while supplies last.
VIP Lounge tickets start at $109.99 (plus fees) and include: One VIP admission ticket to Gnarlytown; a dedicated VIP entrance lane into the venue; a Gnarlytown parking pass (one per order); a RFID VIP wristband; and access to the Gnarlytown VIP Lounge which includes: Exclusive VIP viewing of the music stage from the lounge, comfortable shaded areas to sit and relax with lounge furniture and games, a VIP bar, private restrooms, changing stations, and convenient food options available for purchase.
VIP Lounge + Athlete Signing Merch Bundle tickets start at $199.99 (plus fees) and include all of the perks of the VIP Lounge ticket, plus access to an autograph signing with various athletes performing at Gnarlytown (at designated time), and a collector’s edition merch pack including a Gnarlytown collector’s edition skate deck and a Gnarlytown festival t-shirt.
During VIP early entry craft beer tastings (12:00–4:00mp) and general admission tastings (1:00–4:00pm) craft beer lovers who are 21+ can sample from a selection of over 50 different craft beers from the finest breweries in the nation. Tastings will feature tons of local favorites, with an initial list of well-known breweries including: Tasting Pass $20.00.
About: Synergy Global Entertainment, Inc
Orange County, California based Synergy Global Entertainment, Inc. (SGE) is one of the world's premier music festival production companies. SGE events include music and lifestyle festivals across a variety of genres and interests, with over 100 major festival dates planned for 2019. SGE produces or co-produces Back To The Beach; Big Adventure; Driftwood; ID10T Music Festival + Comic Conival; Knotfest; Lost Lands (Your EDM Best Festival of 2017 and Noiseporn 2017 Festival Of The Year); Moonrise Festival; MUSINK; Ohana Dana Point; Sabroso Taco, Craft Beer & Music Festival; Surf City Blitz; 92.3 WCOL Country Jam + Campout; Scallywag!, and more. In addition, SGE co-produced the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival and the worldwide Rockstar Taste of Chaos, and created and produced the Identity Festival, Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival, and Rockstar Energy UPROAR Festival. This year's SGE-affiliated events are projected to sell over 1.2 million tickets. In addition to festival production and promotion, SGE's in-house sponsorship agency procures and executes a multitude of partnerships in varying forms for global brands, top-tier artists, international booking agencies and more. www.sgeworldwide.com
About: Nitro Circus
Nitro Circus, a global sports entertainment leader, creates electrifying live events and unbelievable original content that at once exhilarates, captivates and inspires thrill-seeking fans worldwide. Co-founded in 2003 by iconic superstar Travis Pastrana, Nitro Circus has since grown into a multiplatform phenomenon producing hit television programming, critically acclaimed documentaries and innovative digital offerings. That success gave rise to the Nitro Circus Live tour. Created in 2010, Nitro Circus has since travelled across the planet, playing to sold-out stadiums on five continents. The company introduced an innovative breakthrough in 2016 with the debut of Nitro World Games, completely rebooting action sports competition in the process and then raised the bar once again in 2018 with Nitro Rallycross, a rejuvenation of four-wheel motorsports. With over three million tickets sold to date, television programming that has aired in over 60 countries, more than 20 million engaged fans across its social media platforms and a burgeoning consumer products business, Nitro Circus is at the forefront of sports and entertainment. www.nitrocircus.com
About: Gnarlytown Location
LA Waterfront Berth 46 is a large, outdoor space with 360-degree views of Cabrillo Beach and San Pedro Bay at the Port of Los Angeles Outdoor Harbor. LA Waterfront Berth 46 has hosted a number of concerts, festivals and sporting events, including Cirque du Soleil TOTEM, Red Bull Global Rallycross, Port Nationals Kustoms & Bobbers Show, Growlers6 Music Festival, and more. The venue is about 25 miles south of downtown Los Angeles, and just a short drive from most of Los Angeles and Orange County. Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), Long Beach Airport (LGB) and John Wayne Airport (SNA) are also easily accessible for those traveling from other parts of the U.S. and the world.
LA Waterfront Berth 46, 3011 Miner St, San Pedro, CA 90731