The 7th annual Cathlamet Downhill Corral took place August in Cathlamet, WA over three days and attracted over 100 competitors for the whole event. The first two days of events at Cathlamet Downhill Corral 2015 included a push race, slalom races, slopestyle, boarder cross, and big air. On the last day, about half of the total competitors had leathers and a full face to race the downhill skateboarding event. The downhill route took riders across State Route 409 and directly through the town of Cathlamet. The features of the road including quick changes in direction and pitch and manhole covers at Cathlamet always provide for some interesting racing and exciting crashes. Enjoy my race day photos.
State Route 409, which runs through town, was shut down for short periods of time while the skateboarding heats were run.
People from the town came out to watch the Sunday race event because of the speed, passes and the crashes.
After sleeping the first night in the designated campground on the island (which was really bumpy for sleeping), we decided it would be funner and more comfortable to hang out and sleep at the Marina. See last post about ending with beer drinking at the brewery. Plus Jp Rowan had some paid for spots that weren’t being used. Well, anyway I slept well in a tent right on the water. In the morning, anyone not volunteering or organizing took it pretty slow and mellow. KJ Nakanelua iced his face and looked like hell. Byron cooked some bacon and eggs with some tomatoes and such. I DJ-ed some mellow jams to our small group of fold out chairs, while I ate some granola, yogurt, and strawberries. I cleaned my lenses and filters. Others changed wheels and possibly trucks.
Byron brought his grill and cooked his own breakfast every morning.
Howie’s Corner and Coffee is the only choice for coffee in town.
After a quick cruise to Howie’s Corner & Coffee Shop, the practice was beginning. Shuttling the riders to the top were two community short buses that were driven by two nice local ladies all day. There’s a route that goes around race course, avoiding any congestion or delays.
Wahkiakum on the Move
Riders got many practice heats, thanks to good weather, low amount of injuries, and efficient workers. A big thanks goes out to all that worked, volunteered or supported the CDC.
David Mitchell was the starter at the top of the course, when he wasn’t taking his own runs down the hill.
Racers start up by the elementary school.
Ramps from the day before are set aside for speed racing as riders drop into the steep section.
Amie Sheppard rails through the kinked right that drops you into downtown.
Next, riders drop into town riding past the library and onto the State Route.
The blind turn where most of the spectators stay is called Coffin Corner.
Martin DePass throws a little footbrake behind Brandon DesJarlais and Conner Stanek as they approach the final left corner.
Riders slow down in the finish line and shut down area.
The Wahkiakum County Eagle always gives great local coverage of the event. Caliber placed a full page ad on the back cover.
At the top of the hill, Ross Druckrey switches wheels while Chip Wood relaxes with his lady, Tess.
I took to the scaffolding tower to hang out with Rob McKendry, the announcer for the weekend, and also get a bird’s eye view of the race course.
Rob McKendry in his preaching pearch.
Sometimes things get hairy.
Jed Johnson slides low with a hand ready for the grade change.
Ryan Ricker looking stylish in his new Turn Co painted helmet.
Jon Tecate fell and dropped his wallet in the process.
into the bails.
Ross Druckrey surfing through coffin corner.
Jordan Koehler sliding stand-up in coffin corner.
Chip Wood surfing
I got down and moved around shooting different angles.
Yung Martin DePass figured out coffin corner was taking it fast.
Adrian Da Kine getting his speed fix.
Conner Stanek, Jordan Koehler, Brandon Tissen, and two other blurred gnarlers.
This is the only photo I took of David Rudgers the whole weekend, I think. :(
Adam Yates was out getting some Cool Pix, mate.
David Mitchell flies through the air…
…and lands on his hip and shoulder.
Locals watch from an elevated level.
David Hiltbrand, Jon the Gloveless, Michael Roy and others get comfy on the front porch of a law office.
Carmen Shafer and her fingerless fanciness
ALicia Fillback surfs the corner in front of the crowd.
Then racing started and things got even more exciting.
Brandon DesJarlais and Michael Carson
Michael Carson and Barndon DesJarlais
Byron Essert with Conner Stanek behind.
David Mitchell fell again. Ouch.
Jackson Wells takes the lead after David falls.
Martin DePass, now in his leathers.
Jackson looks back to Cooper, about to hit the bales.
Will Royce leads this heat into the final corner.
Kj Nakanelua leads this heat.
Amie braces for the crash.
Amie hugs the crash out. How cute. Unfortunately, they are out of the open class.
Brandon Tissen and Martin DePass come through ready to advance to the next round.
Tight heat with Chip Wood Leading, followed by Ross Druckrey, Ryan Ricker, and Jackson Wells.
Byron Essert and Jake Wilkinson advance to the next round.
Ryan, crashing hard.
Alicia Fillback with a mean skate face.
Byron leads the first semi-final heat.
Byron and Jordan do the double slide and Ross and Martin do the one long slide.
Martin makes a boss pass on Ross.
Martin on the pass for 3rd, which would get him nothing.
Martin fully in front of Ross.
The crowd loved it.
Jake Wilkinson and Brandon Tissen led through this section, but Jake made it through the fastest.
Chip Wood and Brandon Tissen get really close.
They high five for a split second.
And then they ride off into the sunset.
Landon Jackson was not so lucky.
Attorney of Law not stoked. David Hiltbrand and Jon the Gloveless pack up.
Consolation Final Heat
Chip leads through Coffin Corner in the consolation final heat.
But, then he crashes out.
Women’s Final Heat
Alicia leads the final heat for the women’s division.
Amie crashed out, allowing Carmen to pass.
Jake Wilkinson, Brandon Tissen, Jordan Koehler, and Byron Essert in the final heat.
Jake was close behind Byron in the final heat.
Byron and Jake
Jordan crashed out.
Riders, high on adrenaline.
The downhill ladies.
Jordan Koehler was happy to be in the finals.
Byron Essert pulled off the win, leading every heat he raced in.
This girl won a Comet board in the raffle. She was happy.
Kids wait for more free gear.
JP Rowan starts the award ceremony. Only a few of the competitors were left for this after a long weekend.
Big Air finalists. Brandon DesJarlais with 19 feet and Will Stephan with the longest distance of 31 feet and 9 inches.
Slopestyle 1st KJ Nakanelua 2nd James West 3rd Brandon Tissen
Alicia Fillback and Brandon Tissen are crowned Queen and King, respectively.
Rob McKendry, Jon Tecate, and Skip Marcotte show joy and fatigue from a long weekend working with friends to make the event happen.
See? Case in point. Straight chillin’.
After all the events and awards, the only thing left to do is to clean up the mess we left and pack up our stuff and head home. For me, that was leaving hastily in the Arbor Sk8 Bus for Portland. For others, that meant clean up. Thanks to all who helped make that event happen. Thank you to the city of Cathlamet for having us in your town for the weekend.
Some surrealist artwork is painted on the ramps that are ready to be taken down for the year.
Rob lowers the flag.
The sun set through a smokey, hazy sky as we drove back to Portland.
Here is a gallery of all the images from race day:
Cathlamet Downhill Corral 2015 was announced with late notice, but many were planning on it anyway and those who came sure had fun. It’s an event that has progressed and only gotten better throughout the years. Plan for next year. It will be even greater.