Last weekend saw one of the fastest races on the East Coast go down. The Killington Downhill Throwdown, presented by Restless Longboards, is an annual race that is celebrating it’s first year as part of the IDF circuit this year as on of the World Qualifying Series races. 3 days of racing down a 60+ mph course attracts some of the biggest names in the Downhill bracket, and among all the top racers, our boy Jayden held it down all weekend and walked away with the 3rd place spot. Congratulations Jayden! Scroll down to find a full list of results and some stellar pics snapped this weekend.
Open Division Podium – Will Royce with the snap – nice use of framing Will!
1) Thiago Gomes Lessa
2) Zak Maytum
3) Jayden Mitchell
For this year we’ve re-re-released the EQ in a whole new iteration. 2014 saw the move away from the rocker / drop profile of the original EQ and the addition of our Honey-Comb Hollow-Core tech to greatly reduce weight. The new mould featured an elliptical W-cave in the center of the deck, a progressive radial concave that worked with the W-bubble to create a slightly rockered platform, with a peaked waist for added strength.
Last weekend the Catalina Island Classic, presented by Riviera Skateboards, went down for it’s fourth installment on the beautiful island of Santa Catalina, off the southern coast of California. Catalina presents a unique take on the downhill skateboard event; combining high speed gravity fascination, with the beauty and celebrity of the island itself. Will Royce and Max Ballesteros headed out to the picturesque island for a weekend of skating, sun, and enjoyment. Shout out to Max for snagging a spot in the semi-finals!
Beast coast riders will be heading south this weekend to confederate territory to hit up the first sanctioned DH race in North Carolina. Mt Jefferson, where the race will be held, is a gnarly course not for the faint of heart.
There are still a few slots open at the time of this writing – so if you’ve got the gaul – put your money where your mouth is and get yourself registered.
From NCDH –
The NC mountains are about to host its first organized downhill skateboard race at Mt Jefferson State Natural area in West Jefferson, North Carolina. The event will be held on April 18th & 19th, 2015 with a practice day and skatepark competition on Saturday and the Downhill Race on Sunday. Food and refreshments will be available on Race day for racers and spectators as well as camping conveniently located near the course.
The track is a two mile long, closed road with pristine pavement, steep straights, meanering chicanes, and tight sweepers that will challenge riders at speeds in excess of 50mph. With registration riders will receive a swag bag which includes an event shirt.
The top three racers will be rewarded with a $1000 purse. Helmet, gloves and leathers will be required to race. A shuttle system will be used shuttling from the parking lot at the old Lowe’s Food for all participants, volunteers, spectator and park visitors for the day.
Handicap parking will be available in the park for those with disabilities. For inquiries, contact us at NCdownhill@gmail.com.
State Games of Michigan Winter Games happened this weekend at Cannonsburg Ski Area near Grand Rapids, Michigan. Of course, the Bustin homies and I were there – because we’re into rad shit. And let me tell you, Cannonsburg knows how to dose up the Midwest with 100% Pure. Grade A. High Quality Shit.
Cannonsburg boasts the absolute best freestyle terrain in West Michigan, including a skier/rider-only rail jam setup in GR, new and improved 4-pack jumpline, better-than-standard Skier/Boarder X course, and the first-ever banked slalom course. This photo was taken by a local photographer during Opening Ceremones of Winter State Games – a traditional pass-the-torch -which was carried by a skiier on the jump set. Obviously, terrain park personnel must know pyrotechnics, in case of a Michigan Avalanche. Because that happens. Pretty rad.
OK, Busted. I was going to watch the ceremony with everybody else at the bottom of the Double lift, but instead jumped on the Quad lift to watch the fireworks from the sky. Great decision! Snapped this click when the works exploded then reviewed the photo and noticed the Bustin Tent in the background! The Tribe homies had set up the tent right on the knuckle of the last kicker, so I exited the chairlift all amped about it, did a few whirly-tricks down the hill and skied the line below double chair, left of the jump set. Saw some pretty sweet airs from down there! Ski Patrol was a little confused when I slid up, so I explained myself. Gravy.
Not all work is play, but when you play do work – Salute your local terrain park shaper. Those few brave few who brave extreme temps to make sure we have smooth jumps, jibs, rails, walls, features, landings. Thank you for your service! Back in the day, we used to build rogue jumps off in the woods – but ski patrol would kick-down your jump and maybe clip your pass. That never stopped us from making jumps, and doing sweet tricks when nobody was looking. Here you have an old school Iron Cross. Who cares if its not technical, that shit felt good.
Like I said before, jumps are a lot bigger than we used to make them. Mostly because now the resorts have big-ass snow-cat machines that push and pull snow around to make huge snow piles – beyond our old school imaginations – and its great! Here is a cool phone camera snap of a State Games of Michigan competitor launching the final kicker in the triple set at Cannonsburg. Word.