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Guama Downhill: Puerto Rican Redemption Part II

…And now for what you have been waiting for…the action.

This is part II of my photos of Guama Downhill 2013. It’s a monster collection of the final heats of racing as well as the slide competition held directly after the race.

Here are some people who came to watch the Guama Downhill 2013 event on the North Shore of Puerto Rico.

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Old people!

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Young People!

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The Homies!

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 Lil’ hairy Homie!

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Two more homies!

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and little puppies too…

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A little bit of the wave and let’s begin…

Junior Semi-finals

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Open Class Heats

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Next heat…

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Next Heat…

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Daniel Caro almost slides out.

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“Hey, don’t pinch me out!”

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This crowd loved the air.

Next heat…

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Ross Druckery in Alex Tongues’ old leathers about to bail…

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Click on the GIF above to see Mack Wacey and Aj Haiby tangle up while Dillon Stephens and Jorge Enrique Garcia scoot by…photos below.

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So at this point an ambulance is called and sits in the corner helping out Ol’ George on the ground.

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AJ Haiby was kinda bummed to get taken out, but that’s racing. I walked with him back to the top to refresh a bit since the ambulance was going to take awhile.

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To my surprise, they are sending the juniors heat. I figured the course must be clear and they are continuing with racing…

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Huey-Guama-9392This is the heat that was sent when the ambulance and a couple trucks were still in the blind part of the main corner… No children were harmed in the making of this race heat, luckily.

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So this is the re-run of the mini-juniors final…I think…

Open Quarter-final Heats

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Truck blasting eardrums with radio music.

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Cooler on the course…

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So I think this was the finals. I heard it was disrupted by a cooler on the course…

…and had to be re-run…

Back to Open Class’s Semi-finals

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Mike Snyder in the lead. Hugh Johnson goes wide to swing into Kyle’s draft and to not give much draft to anyone else.Huey-Guama-9566

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Open Class Semi-final Heats

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Check out GIF above for a semi-final heat for the open class. Below are the photos.

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Another semi-final heat.

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Cliffor Deida is right behind Kyle Wester. Check out Jose Guzman tight on the inside of Kyle Martin. Jose ended up passing to join the finals.

Women’s Final Heat

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 Katie Nielson leads with Nayhomi Cruz hot on her trail. Marisa Nuñez is close behind. 

Junior’s Final Heat

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Dejaune Norman, aka Dijon Mustard, leads Kenneth Lopez, Charlie Darragh. In the back is  Alexander River in white leathers, Nathaniel Gomez in the green leathers, and I’m not sure who the guy in back is.

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Dijon is stoked!

Open Class Final Heat

Huey-PR-Guama-FinalClick on the GIF above for the final heat…photos below.

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Kyle Wester leads the final open class heat, with Kyle Martin, Mike Snyder, Jose Guzman, Dillon Stephens, and Jomar Guzman.

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It’s hard to see, but Jose Guzman came out of the corner with more exit speed than the rest and a couple racers to draft to the finish line. You can see that Mike Snyder scrubbed too much speed at the last second in the corner. Jose passed both Kyles in the final part of the course for the win.

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Jose Guzman enjoys a victory ride up the hill.

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Jose with a stoked face as he is interviewed by local media. 

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Jose’s mom was extremely happy for her son and they wanted me to take a picture of them. 

Now, last but not least, there was a slide competition. It wasn’t the best: the part of the hill wasn’t very steep. It was excruciatingly painful to watch the hard wheeled sliders try to get speed for a trick. Also, sliders only got one or two heats and they were to go down one at a time. People got bored… especially, Jimmy Riha. He poached run after run and Ross, who competed in the comp only got one. He was bummed.

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Jimmy!

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Jimmy!

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Ok, we’ve had enough!

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Micah Gutierrez toeside slides with mad steez.

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Jose Perez gets a nice toeside slide in…

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Christian Cano Romàn gets high on this boneless.

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Keyla Dennise with a lengthy stalefish grab.

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Lots of skin in this shot of Katy Nicole Torres doing a knee down slide.

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These ramp gnomes were underfed, hungry, and waiting to pray upon an unsuspecting skater.

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Stephanie Leah Pulliza was consistent in her slides during this contest. 

After the contest was over, riders were still down to skate so I positioned myself on the top of a van down the road and continued to shoot photos of the sliders.

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Juan Rodz had some style too.

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Keyla switch sliding…

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Make up your own caption for this one.

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Daniel Caro and his one-footers….

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Daniel Caro, from Mexico, was consistent in his sliding…

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Dancing time!

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Micah slides a lengthy toeside slide for the camera.

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Local Puerto Rican rider, Isaac Perez gets arched with this stalefish slide.

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Switch toeside from Puerto Rican local Tomas Lugo Ramirez.

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 Stand-up slide with a whistle

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Anybody want to insert a caption here?

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Faces are funny.

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Punk Rocker getting creepy.

Ok, time for the podiums!

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But first, some music.

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Some riders couldn’t get enough. Gabs Feliciano shreds a mini board.

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Yay! for the organizers.

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Christian Cano Romàn won the men’s slide comp.

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Stephanie Leah Pulliza won the women’s slide comp.

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Christian and Stephanie revel with their rewards. 

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Juniors’ winners.

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Super Juniors winners.

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Mike Snyder was a stoked Master.

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The women’s podium.

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Jose Guzman was the overall winner, redeeming Puerto Rico’s racing reputation and making the locals proud. 

The Guama race was an awesome event in the end. Great location, course, manageably-sized crowd, and great competitive racing.  It should definitely be a race to add to your list of Puerto Rican events to hit next year. See you then…

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