Post Office - The Last Days

Feb 16, 2015 at 18:50
by Davin Pena  

riders from all over throwing down the last lines at post.

Aptos California, a community gathered to watch mountain bikers say goodbye to the Post Office jumps for the last time. The sessions have been huge over the past week with riders from all over. For me It has really been a honor to shoot photos and video here, especially in the past years. Other than the great vibes, It was a place for me to learn more about photography and a opportunity to shoot with some of the best riders. It was also a motivator for me to work on my local hill where we did not have a place to ride our bikes. Like all trails that we lose, It is sad to hear Post Office will be gone, But I'm happy knowing that there will be a stronger community of people giving support of this shared passion.

Hope you enjoy some of the shots I grabbed over the last couple of days.

riders from all over throwing down the last lines at post.

riders from all over throwing down the last lines at post.

riders from all over throwing down the last lines at post.

riders from all over throwing down the last lines at post.

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riders from all over throwing down the last lines at post.

riders from all over throwing down the last lines at post.

riders from all over throwing down the last lines at post.

riders from all over throwing down the last lines at post.

riders from all over throwing down the last lines at post.

riders from all over throwing down the last lines at post.

riders from all over throwing down the last lines at post.

riders from all over throwing down the last lines at post.

riders from all over throwing down the last lines at post.

riders from all over throwing down the last lines at post.

riders from all over throwing down the last lines at post.

riders from all over throwing down the last lines at post.

riders from all over throwing down the last lines at post.

riders from all over throwing down the last lines at post.

riders from all over throwing down the last lines at post.

riders from all over throwing down the last lines at post.

riders from all over throwing down the last lines at post.

riders from all over throwing down the last lines at post.

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riders from all over throwing down the last lines at post.

riders from all over throwing down the last lines at post.

riders from all over throwing down the last lines at post.

riders from all over throwing down the last lines at post.

riders from all over throwing down the last lines at post.

riders from all over throwing down the last lines at post.

riders from all over throwing down the last lines at post.

riders from all over throwing down the last lines at post.

riders from all over throwing down the last lines at post.

riders from all over throwing down the last lines at post.

riders from all over throwing down the last lines at post.

riders from all over throwing down the last lines at post.

riders from all over throwing down the last lines at post.

riders from all over throwing down the last lines at post.

riders from all over throwing down the last lines at post.

riders from all over throwing down the last lines at post.

riders from all over throwing down the last lines at post.

riders from all over throwing down the last lines at post.

riders from all over throwing down the last lines at post.

riders from all over throwing down the last lines at post.

riders from all over throwing down the last lines at post.

riders from all over throwing down the last lines at post.

riders from all over throwing down the last lines at post.

riders from all over throwing down the last lines at post.

riders from all over throwing down the last lines at post.

riders from all over throwing down the last lines at post.


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55 Comments

  • + 218
 There's multi-million dollar commercial projects going on all over the world trying to get people to visit and spend money in various locations. Theme parks, leisure complexes and shopping centres cost millions- these guys were able to attract foreign visitors and the world's media to the area just because of some free piles of dirt. Surely we should be knocking down the expensive buildings and digging more jumps???!!
  • + 85
 yeah I am in no way a dirt jumper but even I want to go check out these jumps, sit there with a bbq, a beer and just watch people flow jumps and do cool tricks.
  • + 12
 I was lucky enough to be there a few months ago. I was so stoked to see the jumps and bring my DJ bike, until i realized my skill level did not suffice in order to successfully negotiate the actual post office jumps. so i spent the day on the pump track. there's something soulful about that whole place. it's not just a jump site - it was as if you can feel the energy and vibe from all the years of camaraderie. all skill levels, bike genres, and age groups got along in a way that was only imaginable in lore. I think the local community lends itself to keep up that sort of magic. hopefully the new won't dilute the old.
  • + 3
 Ill still be visiting Aptos, even though there may not be any jumps left.
  • + 5
 The first thing or place thats comes to mind for me when I hear "dirt jumps", I always think of post office. It makes me wonder what it is that their building or wether the builder knows how famous these jumps are to mountain bikers when he knocks them down.
  • + 2
 there are other jumps in aptos, this was just "The Spot"
  • + 79
 Man I'm sad these jumps are going to be crushed and I'm in the other side of the world
  • + 8
 Me too. I've never been there and I would probably never be, but that spot seems like a huge deal for all rider in Cali. You dont have to be there to realize Post Office jumps (a bunch of dirt piles on a wasteland) was a MTB landmark where riders could meet at the weekend, where kids could get into sport and MTB could thrive. I'm so sad and so angry at the same time... F*ck rich business men and f*ck commercial projects.
  • + 46
 The owner of the land leased them the land for 1$ for many years until he could actually find a buyer. Now that he has a buyer the owner has offered to move all of the dirt to a new lot for free if they can find one. The owner has actually been pretty cool with these jumps.
  • + 18
 ^^^^^Thats deadly buy that owner a bottle of scotch, case of beer or a bag......then give him a kiss!!!! That is support!
  • + 2
 #GBeard That's cool to know. If Santa Cruz county could buy and declare the future jumps as public space that would also be really cool, for those who live near Aptos
  • + 3
 Finding a new lot in Santa Cruz County that's just sitting there seems like a long shot; real estate in that town is unbelievably expensive and one of the main reasons I left. Hope something is lined up, maybe a little corner of Pogonip or DeLaVeaga? Unfortunately knowing the feel of SC if a chainsaw or excavator is involved, it'll be caught up in years of process (at least it used to be; maybe things have eased now?)
  • + 32
 Cheers to the McCauls and company for making an amazing playground that was enjoyed for years by many! Y'all grew up there and a sad day for sure, but you have left a lasting impression around the world!!
  • + 17
 For more info on the history of Post Office, why the shut down, what the community is doing to find a new spot, and to leave a comment of positive support visit us here:

www.postofficejumps.org/showsupport

Follow on Instagram: @postofficejumps
  • + 2
 This^

Up, Up. Take 1 minute and make a difference people!
  • + 1
 Signed. Come on everyone. Don't let it end here. Follow the link and sign your name.
  • + 1
 Thank you everyone for adding your comments on our site! It will help make a difference. We're closing in on 1,000 comments!
  • + 15
 The great thing is, they are piles of dirt! There is dirt everywhere. There is no way the momentum from a project like this will completely disappear. Those young 'uns grew up riding that place. They'll want more...so will the community. I'm sure even folks that don't ride will want to support a successful second incarnation.
  • - 26
flag andnyleswillriot (Feb 17, 2015 at 6:27) (Below Threshold)
 Duh. There's already an effort to find a new spot....
  • + 14
 I own 80 acres of hilly land in nor-cal! Anyone want to help me build a park that wont be torn down??
  • + 14
 What?! No official PB coverage!? And what about editing the intro before pushing it from "blog" to homepage?
  • + 2
 Had the great fortune to ride in SC two weeks ago and spent the hour before sunset watching these guys shred. The community present on just another Tuesday night was amazing. Parents supporting their kids, neighbors having a beer after work and watching kids. Top notch riders and photographers building their eye for great shots. A safe and entertaining place for all. It's no surprise to those who have witnessed the value of places like this are asking why don't we build more? This is how you build a community and our future shredding heros.
  • + 1
 So sad but there is hope,
We had a similar case here in Montreal in the skateboard industry about a spot called Big O at the Olympic stadium, it was a tunel used during the 1976 olympics as an entry gate for the athletes, eventually taken over by the skateboard industry for many years, probably one of the most famous skate spot in te world.

Eventually, the land was sold to our Major League Soccer club the Montreal Impact and they decided to built their new stadium there, that meant tearing down Big O...

Well, the skateboard industry accros the world raised and protested, they made books, articles, movies, etc, so much coverage was pulled off that the pressure was too high and the Major League Soccer (MLS) spent hundreds of thousand of dollars and relocated Big O, it is now in a highlighted spot right in front of the stadium, they did not try to hide it, they made it a piece of art right at the entrance.

Anyways, it doesn't always go that way but don't give up, there is hope.

Some good articles that might inspire you guys or do any search on "Big O Skate"
www.impactmontreal.com/en/news/2011/11/relocating-big-o-stade-saputo
parcolympique.qc.ca/en/the-park/other-attractions/the-big-o
globalnews.ca/news/784994/moving-the-big-o-skateboarders-and-saputo-unite
  • + 6
 Those groms are nuts
  • + 1
 Many peoples entire lives and memories surround the post office jumps, careers were created there - hands down the most famous dirt jumps in the world as well as the most influential. Sad I never had the pleasure to ride them. The memories for those who were able to ride them will last a lifetime. Cheers to those who made it what it was! -RIPpostoffice-
  • + 4
 Awesome last day to shred. Great photos. So much talent on both sides of the camera.
  • + 3
 Totally agree. Shame its come to an end but maybe an Aptos2 will spring up somewhere else....?
  • + 5
 so sad! but to every end is a new beginning!
  • + 2
 Here's more Post Office photos from the 2014 SCMB festival.

www.pinkbike.com/u/ericharger/blog/santa-cruz-mountain-bike-festival-2014.html
  • + 0
 that was one of the places i wanted to travel to and hit up on my bike but i guess thats off the bucket list now such a shame to lose an epic jump line like this got riders from around the world to go ride there and now they are losing this place for us mtb riders places like this should never be torn down its not fare as if we dont have a hard enough time to find fun places to ride in town hope the local riders can find another place close by to ride that will be just as fun in the future R.I.P post office jumps
  • + 1
 Oh so wrong, but life goes on. Thanks though to all the riders, builders, film crews and photographers who made this such a memorable place.
  • + 1
 sad i never got to go there, even though i live fairly nearby. even if it was above my skill level, just seems like a fun place to be
  • + 1
 Stoked to get a shot here and honored to have been able to experience this place. Here's a video I made from some killer sessions: www.pinkbike.com/video/397030
  • + 1
 That site is as part of the DJ world as Whistler is to DH. This is bullshit, they can put up a stupid Walmart somewhere else.
  • + 2
 post office has been my favourite spot to watch in videos, gonna suck not to have that feeling watch them again Frown
  • + 3
 If we can all just take a moment of silence for our loss
  • + 1
 I miss you Post Office and Pump track. This weekend was fun, I'm still sore, beat, and bruised. But where am I to take my nanny children too now...
  • + 2
 It's a total bummer man! That place wasawesome!
  • + 2
 Man that's sad. That's like holy ground for all types of mountain bikers.
  • + 2
 Yeah @milanboez with the #rigidlife #getabmx #24inch #uksteeze
  • + 2
 Pave paradise, put in a parking lot...
  • + 2
 Good Times!
  • + 1
 An entire post of desktop-worthy images. What a great send-off!
  • + 1
 Oh man one of my biggest dreams was to shred ther but now its all over
  • + 1
 So Bummed! was hoping to ride them during Sea Otter again
  • + 2
 What's going in there?
  • + 5
 More info here dude Aptos.
  • + 1
 The question is more like: What is going to happen to the scene? Are there plans for postoffice2 in works? With such amazing repultation as this crew it should be quite easy to go to some authorities and ask for some land where more jumps/pump tracks can be build and amazing legacy of postoffice to be continued...
  • + 1
 Thanks for the link.
  • - 1
 Haha, a bit too much Portra, me thinks...
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