PDX Slopestyle Contest #2
For the rest of 2012, Rip City Skate plans on presenting two events in the Portland area per month. One event is the PDX Slopestyle Series and the other is the Switchbacks Series. This lastest Slopestyle Series contest happened on a Saturday earlier this month in Happy Valley, just outside of Portland. The weather and the turnout was great. A couple Canadians, many Washingtonians, and mostly Oregonians represented this NW North American slide sesh.
The road was as safe as possible on a future housing development closed to traffic. Urethane painted the asphalt throughout the day. There were so many young riders and everyone came with helmets. It was pretty amazing to see. I like to see riders that know etiquette as well. Events such as these bring the community aspect into learning how to ride safely and legally. The PDX community of skaters are on a delicate balance with their legality to skate. It’s legal now, but through abuse of the privileges (blowing stop signs and posting videos of crossing the yellow line and labeling the location such as bmobooz if you know what that is backwards), it could soon be outlawed again. We must be respectful to the neighborhoods we skate in.
So, with a rail, some ramps, and a whole lot of dry downgrade to thrash, these riders ready to go. The ramp was crazy big and the rail was cool, but I wasn’t interested in it’s location so I didn’t really shoot any of it. Instead I focused on the good ol’ fashion thrashin.
With a street skating background, Brandon had some smooth moves on a long or short board. He impressed many who hadn’t seen him before.
The kids division of the event was outstanding. These kids are learning the ways of the stand-up drift early on. I can imagine their skills will improve rapidly over this season. T
The top eight kids under 14 were selected and then judged to see who performed the best. The judges were a few of the older riders selected by David Mitchell. David also asked people to cheer for whoever they thought was the best. In the end, the winner was the short board spinning slider, Camden Benesh. His slides were so quick that I didn’t get any good photos of him skating.
Next in the contest came the longest slide contest. The required slide was not just any slide, but a toe side standy, otherwise known as a backside stand-up slide. It was a dangerous proposition that only a few attempted. The speeds started picking up and fewer and fewer people were competing. Anyone left in it at this point has got some serious skills. The only person I really saw get broken off was Jackson Wells pictured below.
Ethan had the longest slide with this one. Then, the other Mike from Canada took the lead.
But in the final moments, Ross took the lead with the longest slide.
While Ross Druckery was the longest slider, in the end it was Brandon Tissen who walked away with first place for the event. It wasn’t easy though. Each competitor could vote for their three favorites. After the votes were tallied, the top eight riders were called up to the podium. (Mike Fitter definitely should have been in there, but no one knew his name so they didn’t vote for him) The young gun Camden Benesh placed 8th overall, behind Alicia Fillback in 7th. 6th went to Jackson Wells and 5th to Ross Druckery. Ethan Cochard with fourth and David Angelus with third left only two more spots on the podium. Tied for first was Mike Benda and Brandon Tissen. In order to prove who the winner is, JP decided the two riders had to put their sweaty equipment back on and huck their sore bodies back down the hill a couple more times. They reluctantly slid for their last chance to win (nobody likes being forced to skate).
This is a big win for Brandon considering he was relatively unknown before this event. He travelled from Medford, OR with some friends and was repping Jacks Board House. He was riding a Jim Z Kebbec and short board, but has just recently been getting custom work on the Racecar board from Subsonic Skateboards. Congrats to Brandon for winning, especially in the condition he was in. After the event once most everyone had left, he admitted he wasn’t feeling well and threw up on the Happy Valley hillside. Good times.
So I know that was a ton of photos of the event, but for the entire gallery, check my post on PDX Downhill.
Here is the video that Alex Tongue made of the event
Next is the video that Adam Stolte made for PDXDownhill
This event couldn’t have happened without the efforts of JP from Rip City, David Angelus, and David Mitchell. With all their help the event had structure, direction, and prizes and the event commenced without a hitch. Like an awesome event should, there were prizes from a bunch of sponsors. Thank you to the sponsors: Rip City Skate, Subsonic, Venom,Comet, Bones, Sector 9, NW Shirts, Gullwing, Caliber, Eastside,Landyachtz, and Longboard Larry.
Stay in touch with PDXDownhill for the next slopestyle event details if you live in the NW…