Saturday at Mt. Tabor in SE Portland started with a familiar Northwest weather condition, rain. It delayed the event, but only slightly. Most of the 60+ riders were from Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia so they knew the deal. The slight drizzle gave everybody more time to mingle and tool around their set-up before practice runs. Some riders chose to play it safe and wait until the road dried up while others wore their leathers for extra safety.
Billy Meiners continued the almost decade-long tradition of organizing the downhill race and it ran smoothly as always. Ty Visser came down from Bellingham again to be the race starter with his signature screaming style. This year’s race classes included Open, Groms (15-), Masters (40+), and Women. Cash prizes were awarded to the winners. The only caveat for the cash prize for open class was that to get the second half of your winnings, you had to sing a karaoke song at Twenty First Ave Kitchen & Bar.
Open Final: 1st Gunnar Morin 2nd Mack Wacey 3rd Michael Bridge 4th Samuel Sparkowich 5th Garett Belanger
On Sunday, the weather was very different. With not a cloud in the sky, little shade, and a start time of 1pm, it was a hot dance/freestyle event on blacktop pavement at Arleta School in SE Portland. This was the 2nd Annual Daddies Dancing and Freestyle Contest and there was a tight-knit group that showed up to compete for cash prizes and gear from Loaded Boards.
Robin McGuirk officiated this free event which was a four-part contest: Hippie Jump Contest, Best G-Turn, Best Trick, and Smoothest Continuous Dance Line. The judges were Carla Javier-Brea, Julien Granich-Young, and Kurt Derow. You’ll have to forgive me for the following captions as I don’t know the names of most of the dancing and freestyle maneuvers performed at the contest.
After a good amount of practice for everyone, it was time to start the contest. First off was the highest hippy jump. Starting low, the bar was raised after everyone got a try at jumping over the bar with the board rolling underneath. If you knocked the pole over or didn’t land on your board, you were out. Having some experience with being a hippy myself, I couldn’t resist joining in the fun too. Somehow, I won that contest.
Next came the best G-turn contest.
Next up was the best trick contest. Technically, this was supposed to be all in one smooth movement/trick with no pauses in between and the judges did their best to determine that. Each rider got three tries if I remember correctly.
At this point, the competition moves on to smoothest continuous dance line.
Robin and the judges added up the scores to determine the winners.
After the event wrapped up, I couldn’t resist getting a few photos of Carla Javier-Brea doing her dancing thang with her tiger-printed leisure shirt.