The Retreat, which took place over the weekend on Lopez Island in Washington State's San Juan Islands, is like a working vacation for BMX and skateboard pros at the end of a summer competition season that included four X Games. Hosted by Skatelite -- the world's premiere manufacturer of ramp surfaces -- The Retreat was part skate and BMX demo, part camping trip and part chill hangout time for the pros and fans in attendance. The gathered talent -- including Paul Rodriguez, Simon Tabron, Bucky Lasek and Jett and Jagger Eaton -- explored the islands by boat, helicopter and whatever wheeled transportation they brought. Many of the athletes in attendance took sea planes to get to the island.
A Brand New Park
Washington state's Lopez Island, which hosted the Retreat, got an upgrade. As part of the event, Skatelite built this park and donated it to the island located in the San Juan archipelago.
Bucking the Trend
Coming off his four-peat victory at the X Games L.A., Bucky Lasek relaxed in the San Juan Islands but still had enough juice to blow minds with his technical attack of the vert ramp. No-comply stalefish to finish out the day.
Simon Tabron went biggest among the BMX guys. The BMX and skateboard vert demos were a big part of the weekend, and Tabron shows here why he's won 11 career X Games medals in vert. He added to his medal count with a silver in BMX Vert at the X Games in Barcelona.
As usual, Lincoln Ueda went higher and bigger than everyone, like this noseboned frontside air. Ueda has competed in 11 X Games in his career.
Paul Rodriguez is always at the helm. While at the Retreat, Rodriguez was filming for his next X Games Pro Series installment by making the most of the rap video scenarios he found himself in. Stay tuned to XGames.com to see what P-Rod and the homeys got into. Lonely Planet is gonna be jealous.
Skatelite also built a mini-ramp in the field for all the heads who came out to camp. Here's an unidentified camper airing one out.
X Games Skateboard Big Air competitor Jagger Eaton came out to the islands with his mom and brother, Jett. Here, Jagger warms up in the new park with a frontside blunt before taking it to the vert ramp. Eaton competed in three out of four Big Air competitions during the 2013 X Games.
Meanwhile, brother Jett was over on the vert ramp blasting head high backside airs. Mom could be seen running around the retreat all weekend filming her two little rippers on her iPhone.
Looming on the Washington mainland in the distance, the unmistakable Mount Baker -- a volcanic peak in the Cascade Range -- was a nice backdrop for the retreat.
The Bands Played On
The retreat also included some musical acts. San Juan Island local hip-hoppers The Good Husbands opened and Seattle's Blues Scholars headlined the show. Hip-hop artist Sol, seen here, was the man in the middle.
PLG was on hand to air it out in a stress-free setting after a summer of watching Bucky Lasek dominate the Skateboard Vert competitions at the X Games. Gagnon still won a pair of silvers in Munich and Los Angeles in 2013, but the top step of the podium eluded the Canadian vert star.