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2016 Ditch SLAP 10th Anniversary Recap with James Tracey

James Tracey held it down at this years Ditch SLAP X as he has many others. We didn’t have a Skate [Slate] specific crew member covering, and at the close of the event this year James compiled his photos and hit me up with a sick package. As things go in the media game, the season was in swing and we never did find a spot for a print article, not because it wasn’t worth, there was just a lot to cover and then I blew it – Sorry James! Time dragged on and here we are in October, it might as well be 2017 already, so we’re throwing it back to Ditch SLAP as it was and always is a ton of fun.

Shout out to Joe Lehm, Skate School and the ABQ and NM homies who make Ditch SLAP happen. 2016 was Ditch SLAP X, 10 years of beating or getting beat by the Bear. Ten yeas of making it happen for skaters. Congrats!

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Ditch Slap X went off beautifully and was probably our best yet! Miles of downhill banked halfpipes garner the best of downhill, street, and slalom skateboarding.

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That’s me! James Tracey taking a run while Joe Lehm sets up cones. Photo Marissa Rae.

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Indian School riders for miles.

Brandon Tissen and Will Royce playing.

Brandon Tissen and Will Royce playing.

Timski Elwell secret spot.

Timski Elwell secret spot.

Sergio Yuppie Bus Driver! Joe Lehm Photo.

Sergio Yuppie Bus Driver! Joe Lehm Photo.

Even james Kelly ate shit.

Even james Kelly ate shit.

2 days of racing and 2 days of freeride kicked off with the banked slalom the first day (Tuesday). Riders had 3 timed runs, and we used their fastest time overall in the standings. Ryan Ricker took it all, followed closely by Brandon Tissen, and James West.

James Kelly on the Banked Slalom. Photo Josh Dunn.

James Kelly on the Banked Slalom. Photo Josh Dunn.

Brandon Tissen working for podium in the banked slalom. Photo Josh Dunn.

Brandon Tissen working for podium in the banked slalom. Photo Josh Dunn.

Sean Stratmeyer also banking and slaloming. Photo josh Dunn.

Sean Stratmeyer also banking and slaloming. Photo josh Dunn.

Banked slalom podium Ricker, West, Tissen.

Banked slalom podium Ricker, West, Tissen.

Wednesday kicked off the Chinese ditch Race. Which is always a spectacle. Carnage was guaranteed and definitely came through! Robin McGuirk came out on top followed by Kaspar Heinrici and Dave Angelus.

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James Kelly leading the Chinese DH. Photo Josh Dunn.

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Robin McGuirk Wins!

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Group shot!

Dave on the left, Robin, then Kaspar for CDH podium.

Dave on the left, Robin, then Kaspar for CDH podium.

The next two days were shuttled freeride days, starting bright and early. Those days are best seen and not described and I captured as much as I could in our Slap video. Good times and good vibes were flowing around!

Sean Stratmeyer Most Stoked!

Sean Stratmeyer Most Stoked!

This year, Bustin Boards had the awesome idea of throwing a #Skateeverythingproject contest and a number of us threw down. Check out the video selections:

Film/Team: Skate School Santa Fe
Skaters: James West, Sean Stratmeyer, Ashley Ward, and James Tracey.
Edit: David Ruano
Music: “Burgars Barlog” by Mascara

Film/Team: Sk8 Bus
Skaters: Brandon Tissen, Casey Morrow, Neena Schueller , William Royce, David Rudgers, Patrick Haluska, Longbeardo, and other homies too.
Edit: David Ruano
Music: “City in Ruins” by Mascara

Full details on Bustin’s website here.

All in, Ditch SLAP is some of the most fun you can have. X, 10, ten years of this event and I can only hope for 10 years more.

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Cliff, Sergio, and McKendry, Ditch SLAP legends!

Spread the word and invite your friends so new people can get exposed to it all. If you like having fun on your skateboard, Ditch SLAP should be on your bucket list!

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Thanks for checking this out. Shout out to Bonzing Skateboards and Skate School for their support.

I slammed hard.

I slammed hard. Austin Graziano Photo.

I’ll cap this off with one last video for Paris Trucks. Hope to see you in at Ditch SLAP 2017!

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