Yes! Its finally on shelves people. The newest issue
from Line Up Magazine a surf, skate, art, and babes oriented magazine.
Grab your copy today and look for The Scoff Projects little part in
this mag. Originally we had a 17 question interview mainly covering the
basis of how to build your own mini-mega ramp. haha So it might be
pretty epic for those who are inspired by the project. Anyways they
finally got ahold of Gershon Mosley whom they have been trying to get
an interview for a while and then killing the interew they had with us
and moving us to half a page. No worries though any coverage is good
Heres the spot we got in Line Up.
And since it was never released heres the full original interview with Line Up. Enjoy!How to build a Mini-Mega Ramp
Where did the idea come from?
idea came almost 2 years ago, when I was just surfing the forums of our
local mag Paying in Pain, and one dude posted photos of this narly set
up he made in his backyard with plywood, old washing machines, and
other crazy stuff. I thought it be sick to build my own backyard ramp
and since I had a hill in the back and old ramps, I piled them all up
to make some mutant form of a ramp haha
Do you need a physics degree for any of this?
Ummm, naaaaw. Just a piece of paper, a pencil with an eraser, that' (TM)s very important, and a crazy idea.
Any lost fingers?
what? That' (TM)s the question I usually get asked when I tell people I make
fireworks from scratch. But last month my dad actually shot a nail
through his middle finger. Ouch!
How much cash is involved?
depends how much do you want to spend? The first version of the Scoff
Project cost me $50, built it entirely from scrap wood that I picked up
from construction sites and old ramps. I actually met a really cool
super-intendent who' (TM)s son skateboarded and hooked us up with so much
wood, it was pretty sick. The one were building right now we' (TM)ve already
spent $350 on, it' (TM)s a mix of fresh wood and some scrap 2x4s we' (TM)ve
Any good ways to finance it?
if you and your buddies are strapped for cash, you can kidnap your next
door neighbor' (TM)s dog and hold it for ransom' ' Or maybe not, scratch
that. Just save your money, sell some of your old stuff, maybe try
panhandling and selling your old board or trucks. Or get a job that
always seems to work. For us at Scoff we put some of our own money down
plus we have sponsors like Monster Energy, GrindTV, and Grind 4 Life
that are supporting the film.
How much time got invested into it?
the ramp we' (TM)re building right now, damn! We' (TM)ve spent 5 days building it
so far, I think I spent a good 2 days designing it on paper and trying
to estimate the angles and cost of wood, drinking monsters, and
prepping. I say a good 8 days and counting.
How many people do you need to get it done?
2, but it makes it a lot easier if you have 3-4 people which is what I
suggest. We' (TM)ve had 3 builders at all times, one to cut and 2 to
assemble. Works pretty smooth that way
Any way to get some good wood cheap?
there' (TM)s tons of ways! You won' (TM)t believe it! We go over this in the film
but I guess your going to get a sneak peak into some of our tips. 1 is
hit up some local construction sites that you see piles of wood at. Go
up to one of the workers and ask them if you can speak to the framing
super-intendent (he' (TM)s in charge of the wood) and simply ask him if you
can pick up his scrap wood for him. Most won' (TM)t really care except for
your safety, just make sure to respect them and make sure not to make a
mess after you take the wood you want.
Number 2 most people don' (TM)t
know is called dunnage. Find a local lumber yard near a railroad and
call and ask them if they have any dunnage they want to get rid of. Now
most of you are thinking what the heck is dunnage? Its pieces of wood
(usual 2x4) that separate sheets of wood while there in the train. Once
they unload they usually toss the spacers in pile till there picked up
sometime in the month and disposed of. These are usual perfect pieces
Or you can go on craigslist.org and a see if there' (TM)s anyone
in your area that' (TM)s selling some wood or maybe giving it away for free.
Its like eBay, but its local, so you just pick it up instead of having
to ship it.
Did you make friends with the local lumber yard?
Actually I made friends with the girls behind the checkout counter at Home Depot haha
What is your set up like?
we have a nice 16ft rollin down a bank. Fairly close to the design of
Burnquists mega ramp. Then we have a nice 12ft flat bottom, its very
important that you have that otherwise the person will not have enough
time to set up for the jump. Like our poor friend Rob, he hasn' (TM)t skated
the same since. And then we have a beautiful ramp that' (TM)s 8.5ft tall and
16ft long. Total length from the rollin to the tip of the ramp is 72ft.
Did you use any templates?
none at all. For a ramp of this size there really is no templates or
guidelines to follow. We just took the basics of building ramps and
then put a drastic edge on it. We learned from our mistakes on the
first version we built in January 07, and took that knowledge and
rebuilt it. The radius for our new mini-mega is 24ft! And it looks
beautiful, like you' (TM)re going to just float off of it or something. I
would say on making your own template use something close to a 3 to 1
ratio. If you want to build a nice smooth 5ft ramp use a 15ft radius on
it. As for the rollin start with making twice the height of the ramp,
if you need or want more speed you can always add onto it later.
How much did your spot help you in price?
lot! Because I have a levee in my backyard, and building it up that
10ft levee meant we didn' (TM)t have to buy all those extra 2x4s to build a
massive framework to support it. It probably saved us a good $400-$600.
That and our mini mega probably would have never been built if it
wasn' (TM)t for the levee. It came with conditions though.
Did it make the build more difficult?
it did actually. Cause we had to custom build the ramp to the side of
the levy and try to make sure that everything was level and straight.
We practically built the ramp around the levee like a glove. It was the
hardest part of our build and then making sure everything was
structurally safe also. The thing looks like a roller coaster now!
If you don' (TM)t have a levee, are there any other places to start a build?
well that I can think of, try to find a hill of some sort will
definitely work to your advantage. If you have the space, you can build
it flat in your backyard or in a warehouse. It will cost a little more
money or more hours scrounging for wood, but it will be sick none the
less. Also building it somewhere it can' (TM)t be seen or hard to be seen.
Cause you don' (TM)t want uninvited guest tearing up your ramp. Luckily for
us ours is in the country so we don' (TM)t have to worry too much about that.
Is it better to build in pieces?
it is, because if something happens you move or need to move it, you
can break it down in to however many pieces and move it. Like The Scoff
Project, the ramp itself is constructed into 7 different pieces main
reasons why is because of the levee its built on is actually shared
property between the city and us. See were not allowed to have anything
built on it. So the days we do use it takes a about 45mins to take the
4 pieces an assemble it. When it' (TM)s not in use we break it down, so not
to get in trouble with the city. It simplifies things that way. They
also have these giant tractor things the grates and mows the whole
levee in a single sweep, its pretty crazy looking!
What' (TM)s good and bad about it?
mainly all good. It' (TM)s portable! Imagine if we had a mini mega tour
across the US, all we had to do was break it down in its pieces and
load up a big rig. You know, that be pretty sick! Anything negative
might be that if it' (TM)s broken down multiple times, the pieces might not
fit as well as they use to.
How much air can you expect out of a ramp of your size?
Wow I' (TM)ve been trying to figure this out myself. This is where you need physics degree.
expecting about a 16-20ft gap and maybe 12-14ft of air. We really don' (TM)t
know for sure. I' (TM)m one of those people that aren' (TM)t really good at
advance math in general unless it applies to me personally. I searched
all over Google trying to find equations to help me figure this out and
it was insane, my brain hurt afterwards. I had to find the equation to
find the amount of speed the object will generate from a slope at X
height and X angle with X weight. Then I had to take X speed and figure
it in with the amount of flat space we have to see how much the object
slows down too. After that I had to figure the new speed, decreased by
gravity at the steepness and length of the ramp, then take X speed and
figure it in with the angle of the ramp. I came up with the number
14' Which I had no clue what it meant. haha Maybe it was the number for
the gap, the air you might get, or maybe how many hours I was going to
have a migraine for. End-