They call it “bombing” -- skateboarding 30 mph down a hill. This is living on the edge.
If you ask the skaters, they're completely in control.
"It's such a rush,” Kristen Maxwell, a downhill skater, said. “You feel like you are flying and once you have control of your board you feel invincible."
These college students put on super-human confidence to escape the monotony of school.
"They're busting their ass all week, you know, stressing about tests and worrying about that constantly,” said Bobby Waldron, another member of the group. “So, they come out here to blow some steam off."
The roar of the board can be thrilling or chilling. They twist, slide and spin down the hill every Thursday night.
If you think it's impressive, you're not the only one.
"You're on a board going that fast and it works out. That's the crazy part, that it works," Maxwell said.
For now, these downhill skaters own the streets. The city is theirs for the taking late at night.
"It's kind of like seeing the city raw,” Waldron said. “You just see who is out and about, because not a lot of people are since it's a Thursday night. Most kids are studying or people are getting off work and hanging out."
"It's like we are in our own world,” Maxwell said. “It's just us."
"It's nice just to hear it die down and the closer to midnight it gets more quiet,” Waldron said. “Everyone is more tired and it's a really nice way to end the night."
Their little world may seem dangerous to you, but to them it’s safe.
“For three hours a night, you are not thinking about really stressful things,” Waldron said. “You can just relax.”
Look past the danger, and you'll see the group has found escape and freedom.
What these skaters are doing is against city ordinance, but they say in all the time they've been doing it, they've had only one complaint.
They also take safety precautions, making all the riders wear helmets and gloves.
They participate in racing competitions around the state. The next one is in Austin in December.