Ring of Fire | Copenhagen Pro

I fell into a burning ring of fire
Went down down down and the flames went higher
It burns burns burns that ring or fire  that ring of fire

The Olympics have the Olympic Flame, but that has nothing on the Copenhagen Pro with its Ring of Fire.

If Thrasher Magazine says “let’s light this candle” to kick off an event, run for your skateboard but also consider asbestos undergarments; each year Thrasher starts off the legendary Copenhagen Pro with the ceremonial Ring of Fire. There’s something simultaneously beautiful, gnarly, and primitive (Future Primitive, perhaps?) about the whole thing. It connotes the fires of the druids, pagan rituals, paleolithic man. Sacrifice…initiation…healing…cremation. The light and heat of fire has been used for purification and even for pacifying the gods and fire as far as  for warmth and cooking food also come in quite handy.

The Ring of Fire conjures the ritual of firewalking. No, not that pussy shit where people burnt their feet on hot coals at a recent Tony Robbins “Unleash the Power Within” workshop. The participants couldn’t take the heat and may end up unleashing their attorneys on Tony Robbins. Talk about discouraging: people paid to go walk on hot coals to overcome fear and to break down mental or emotional barriers and ended up blistered to hell and back and feeling pretty defeated. Not good.  I doubt anyone who braved the Ring of Fire on their skateboard felt defeated.

This time around, the Ring of Fire was shaped like the Spitfire head. Ishod Wair nollie heelflipped through the flaming head of doom, some dude knocked the Ring of Fire over as he got nutted on it, giving a whole new meaning to lighting a fire under your ass. The ring had to be re-erected for more mayhem.


There was also a pig roast that of course was skated, too all in the name of going ham at a skate contest. Ishod Wair frontside 360’d it, Chris Cole heelflipped it, and Tony Trujillo kickflipped it, etc. etc.

“It is not light that we need, but fire; it is not the gentle shower, but thunder. We need the storm, the whirlwind, and the earthquake.”
– Frederick Douglass

The Ring of Fire, incidentally, is also the name for a geographic region in the Pacific Basin– an area known for earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and all sorts of intense geological activity where the earth is volatile beneath the surface and there is always the potential for destruction being unleashed at any time.

I guess all we can do as mere mortals is get out there and shake things up, get moving. Go ahead, spark something.


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