Jason Lee Gets Photo Credits

Jason Lee is some what of a mythical creature, something like a Bonnacon or a Scylla, regardless he’s a special guy to all of us in the mountainboard community. He’s also very competitive and a professional Foosball player, in fact he recently beat the defending champs Dave and Boris (congrats again).

Dave & Boris showing off.

Dave & Boris showing off.

Jason is also an artist and has a real nack for photography. In fact we at The Dirt used Jason’s photos in our last post without giving him credit, well Jason caught us red handed. See the email string below. My apologize Jason thanks for the photos and congrats on taking the Overall at the Altitude Cup!

Jason took the following photo in the Altitude Cup post -->1,5,7,9,17,18,20

Jason took the following photo in the Altitude Cup post -->1,5,7,9,17,18,20

Also thank you to all the other individuals that contributed photos, Dave Kennedy, Amanda Poindexter, Tyler Mork’s father and everyone else that contributes, much love.


Altitude Cup

When your town is lodged deep in the valleys of Colorado’s front range you can expect you see some crazy weather and Empire is no exception to this, but we ride mountainboards which can handle just about any terrain. The second annual Altitude Cup hosted by Altitude Sickness went off! Starting Saturday morning riders found themselves greeted by some gray skies, a fresh mountainboard park waiting to be torn up and a new event format.

The Altitude Cup took some more traditional event and put a spin on them, for instance the first event of the weekend was a slalom race through cones and over one roller. The times from the slalom race determined riders gate choice in the boardcross racing. Carving is a lot of fun on a mountainboard but you could see from the way some riders were turning and hitting cones that it had been while since they had taking some hard turns. In the end we saw some unlikely candidates with the top times and the heavy favorites like Jason Lee with some slower times. Brandon Johanns, Tyler Mork and Benton Jackson all had incredibly fast times and locked in some lane choices.

All Saturday the gray skies threatened and eventually they opened up, unleashing some rain, sleet and even some snow. The rest of the days events were shut down….. so we all found ourselves at the Original Hard Rock Cafe for one of the best $5 meals i’ve ever had. For more information, read this great review.

Rain delay in Empire

Rain delay in Empire

Ribs, Brisket, Baked Beans, Pasta Salad, Fresh Rolls and Peach Cobbler. Surely worthy of a Lincoln.

Ribs, Brisket, Baked Beans, Pasta Salad, Fresh Rolls and Peach Cobbler. Surely worthy of a Lincoln.

Broke ass mountainboarders ready for the casino!

Broke ass mountainboarders ready for the casino!

Joe Ponts and Dave Kennedy getting those leg warm.

Joe Ponts and Dave Kennedy getting those leg warm Sunday AM.

The youths

The youths

The rain continued through the night putting a damper on the camping but by 10am when riders began to get back to the Dirt Empire they were surprised to find a dry and fast boardercross course ready to be raced. The format went as followed, 2 man heats, double elimination, four man finals. Here a some photos of a few heats.

Benton AKA Malik Jackson & Tross Dersham keepin it tight through the first berm.

Benton AKA Malik Jackson & Tross Dersham keepin it tight through the first berm.

Hej Team

Hej Team

Slasher by day & pizza shop owner by night, Jay Keyna

Slasher by day & pizza shop owner by night, Jay Keyna

Team BillyGoat watching some pro boardcross action

Team BillyGoat watching some pro boardcross action

Ty Mork and Cole Shipp in the early heats.

Ty Mork and Cole Shipp in the early heats.

Malik and Cole semi-finals heat

Malik and Cole semi-finals heat

In the end Jason Lee found himself back on top, with Cole Shipp taking second and Benton Jackson respectfully holding down the third place podium spot. The finale for the weekend was the slopestyle event. With so many options and lines in the new park it was nearly impossible to fairly judge the riders on one line, besides who really wants to ride a straight jump line when you have hips, quarter pipes and jibs every where else? So it was decided that the pros would have 2 runs on the jib line which had a number options, including some rails, boxs, a rhythm jump section into a quarter pipe and skate style pyramid, 2 runs on the straight jumps line and one last big air hit on the left hand hip. The best thing about this course is that none of the jumps were intimidating and it allowed riders to push themselves and through together some technical runs.

It's always nice to see new blood in mountainboarding, especially when it's a lady, Amanda Poindexter

It's always nice to see new blood in mountainboarding, especially when it's a lady, Amanda Poindexter

Yet another new lady. Catherine Rios, skater, snowboarder, mountainboarder, slayer!

Yet another new lady. Catherine Rios, skater, snowboarder, mountainboarder, slayer!

Did you ever hear about that backflips for boobs foundation well.... nevermind. Matt Silva

Did you ever hear about that backflips for boobs foundation well.... nevermind. Matt Silva

Ty Mork letting the blonde locks fly!

Ty Mork letting the blonde locks fly!

Grabbing lots of tail.

Grabbing lots of tail.

Brandon Johann writes a blog, he also tweaks a mountainboard.

Brandon Johann writes a blog, he also tweaks a mountainboard.

QP Japan over the channel. Ecar

QP Japan over the channel. Ecar

World record holder for backfliping 150 gators, Jason Lee

World record holder for backfliping 150 gators, Jason Lee

J Lee of MBS, Yours truely & Van Dewitt head master of the Dirt Star Army for higher education

J Lee of MBS, Yours truely & Van Dewitt head master of the Dirt Star Army for higher education

Matty Silva is a mad man, cork 7 on the hip. Yikes!

Matty Silva is a mad man, cork 7 on the hip. Yikes!

Hej .... translation hi

Hej .... translation hi

At the end Matt Silva stayed strong and snagged up 3rd place with, some double grab backflips and some cork spins. As one of the minds behind this course design Devin Garland showed how it should be ridden putting down smooth cab 5’s and some other switch combos. No stranger to the 1st place spot was Dave Starfighter, showing that experience rules all, linking switch tricks seemlessly into to every run. Thanks again to Altitude Sickness, the town of Empire and all the sponsor MBS, Hillbilly Dirt Gear, AP Production and that fly ass tv show host (call me).


The Battle of Bugs – World Freestyle Championship

Article & photos by Alex Boswell

After hosting a rained off Fat Face Night Air last year, the world freestyle champs returned to Bugs Boarding, Gloucester, UK. The jumps built the previous year had been tweaked and changed to a much smoother ride. As last year the riders had a choice of the original 2 hits at the top, a 14ft drop off to the right, and an 18ft table, with the addition of a large rail to the left. After which the riders would head, at speed, towards a reasonably kicky 25ft table top before hitting the last kicker, which had 3 beautiful looking take offs, and saw the majority of the action. On the left was a hip, then the centre take off, a straight 27ft and the original 30ft to the right, after which laid the final feature a 14ft quarter pipe.

The course was dry and fast, perhaps and bit windy but nothing to bad. The qualifiers kicked off at about 11am on Saturday morning with each of the 35 riders having 5 runs to secure a place in the final. Straight away the rides were throwing down good runs, Tom Kirkman with a rodeo on the final jump and bs disasters on the quarter, a fair few riders were doing huge switch 180’s on the first jump, notably Kynan Goggin’s, and Ollie Morison landing a smooth bs cork 720 on the last jump.

Unknown slayer boosting huge on the first hit

Unknown slayer boosting huge on the first hit

Ben Tweedie streching the back a bit

Ben Tweedie streching the back a bit

After a break and some lunch the riders who had made the cut into the final were announced and spectators were back to watch the top 15 riders compete in an hour long freestyle jam session, with the best 4 runs being used to calculate the final score. The usual suspects were all on form, Sam Nicholas with his huge backflips, Scotish (Simon Andrews) ridding for Trampa, rode particularly well with big no grab bs360s on the last jump, board sliding the rail at the top, and a huge frontflip off the drop off but slid out. Garry Crowhurst was another one to watch, only been ridding a year and was already throwing down runs such as a switch bs cork 540, to front flip to backflip, along with a fs 900 attempt which got him 4th place.

Simon Andrews

Simon Andrews

Mick Kirkman repeated his win of last year in the under 14’s with some slick 360s, Tuai Lovejoy came in on top in the under 18s with some solid frontside spins, Diego Anderson from France (the only international rider) finished comfortably at the top of the masters. Last year’s winner Renny Myles rode smoothly into 5th place with frontside 360s, 540s and backflips. Joe Dickson finished 3rd with a switch bs180, to a frontside 360, before nailing a frontside 720 and a backflip on the quarter. Tom read rode impressively into 2nd with the biggest frontflips I’ve ever seen, smooth bs cork 5’s and huge fs airs on the quarter, but there had to be a winner, and of course, after 2 years out of competition, Tom Kirkman finished on top with runs such as a laid out backflip, to rodeo, to switch backflip, before reverting and doing another backflip on the quarter, another run of a cab 540, to a rodeo, to a switch rodeo, and then another rodeo on the quarter, he was also landing some amazing backside cork 540s and huge quarter pipe airs, all with and effortless style and poise.

Ollie Morrison's back cork 5

Ollie Morrison's back cork 7

Joe Dickson

Joe Dickson showing how you lock in a 3rd place run

Stealing 2nd with the XXL frontflips, Tom Read

Stealing 2nd with the XXL frontflips, Tom Read

Tom Kirkman showing why he is the champ again

Tom Kirkman showing why he is the champ again

Effortless style - Front Rodeo - TK

Effortless style - Front Rodeo - TK

Kids get out the pen and paper study this...

Kids get out the pen and paper study this...

Later that evening after the prize giving and the final results being announced, the usual bonfire and partying commenced with a DJ and a small rave through to the early hours. The next day a few fun comps were to be held, and a slalom course was put up by AJ the guys at Bugs. Some small prizes were given to the hung over riders before people started to pack up and head home.

A big thanks to the guys at Bugs Boarding, AJ Watkins, the Judges; Ryan Slater (Australia), Niki Forcast (UK), Alex Rouge (France) and Steve Counie (UK), all the riders and everyone else who helped run the event. It was one of the best freestyle displays I’ve seen in a long time.


Event Preview – Altitude Cup

Last year Altitude Sickness the United States only brick and mortar mountainboard shop hosted their inaugural Altitude Cup, which was a great event but their park was shall I say….miniature? Well regardless of what it was and wasn’t in 2008, it’s now 2009 and this park is sick!! With the towns support and a lot of hours put in by local riders and Altitude Sickness owners Dave & Phil, Colorado has yet another great park to ride with a handful of unique features and a ton of lines.

The second annual Altitude Cup will kick off 10am on Saturday the 12th in Empire, Colorado, starting the weekend off with some boarder cross racing and a slopestyle event on Sunday. Altitude Sickness is anting up big time for this event and giving cash prizes to the top ten pro riders for the weekend. If you don’t have a place to stay you can stay near the event camping equipped with the best tent from this Survival Cooking’s hunting binoculars guide.

ATTENTION RIDERS: If you have at least 4 buddies that are riding and a least one of them is a girl, get some team colors, shirts, hats or even some sharpies and call yourself a team, in return you will get 50% of the entry fee which is $45.

Camping is available onsite if you bring appropriate camper accessories and there is a casinor 15 minutes down the road, so you can find me there on Saturday night. Click source for more details.

Here are a few shot from the Empire Dirt Park.

The Empire

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The Big Hip Landing

The first berm into the waterfall

The first berm into the waterfall

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Johanns airing the roller with some style.

Johanns airing the roller with some style.

Phil's son Gadge getting after it on a board twice his size. He is the next generation.

Phil's son Gadge getting after it on a board twice his size. He is the next generation.

3 Options here, straight jump, or the left hand and right hand hip!

Two quarters, a tire jib and a jeep...just for fun.

Two quarters, a tire jib and a jeep...just for fun.

Ty Mork and Benton Edwards trying to find a rythm on the new track.

Ty Mork and Benton Edwards trying to find a rythm on the new track.

Large step up for the Banshee.

Large step up for the Banshee.


The Twilight Showdown

Let me tell you a little bit about this small town called South Haven in middle America Kansas.
Population: 353
Local economy driven by agriculture.
Best meal in town can be found at Bodacious Meats.
Home to one of the United States best mountainboard facilities.

The first time I made the trip to South Haven was in 2008, we drove 10 hours from the rocky mountains to one of the flatest states in the country to mountainboard. Of course i had seen pictures so i knew there were some jumps and a boarder cross course but seeing all these flat lands and endless fields with no hills just didn’t seem right. Eventually we pulled up to this gate with a 2×2 MBS sign on hanging on it, this was the place. We roll through this field, past some grazing cattle and some mean looking cow patties and then I see the two roll-ins and some dirt. The course turned out to be one of the best tracks i had ridden since the days in Canton, PA and the jump an FMX jump with an ultra smooth transition serving some lofty airs. That was 2008, times have changed. After Zak Heberly and the DirtMonk boys spent two months moving dirt, building rails, rollins and quarter pipes, South Haven now has the most expansive mountainboard parks in the country and an epic venue for a world class mountainboard event.

photo by: Jereme Leafe

photo by: Jereme Leafe

This year i didn’t have the luxury of taking time off from work and making a 10 hour road trip to Kansas with the rest of the crew. Instead i hopped a quick 1 hour United Express flight to Wichita, where I was met by some of Zak’s friends who were kind enough to drive 45 minutes to pick me up (thanks again guys). I began to see a glow on the horizon when we pulled onto route 81 in South Haven. In a town like this glowing lights at night are not the norm. The glow got brighter as we flew down the gravel roads nearing the Zak’s property and soon i saw a group of tall light towers illuminating the boarder cross course. I felt as if i was about to emerge from the rows of corn and onto a baseball diamond, and as the famous quote goes “If you build it they will come”. And that they did, mountainboarders from around the United States showed up for two epic days on the dirt.

Van Dewitt in Kansas sunset - photo by: Altitude Sickness

Van Dewitt in Kansas sunset - photo by: Altitude Sickness

Boarder cross kicked off the weekend under the light but with high winds and 90 degree heat at 8:30 a night it was adding a whole new element to the contest. The new extended course gave riders had more time and space to make passes which made for some heated races across all divisions, notably we saw some great wins by Mason Moore in the AM division and Mellisa Ponts De Leon for the Women.

Phil Shedder Altitude Sickness Team Manager/Co-Owner, rider Mellisa Ponce De Leon and Devin Garland

Phil Shedder Altitude Sickness Team Manager/Co-Owner, rider Mellisa Ponce De Leon and Devin Garland

Kody and Matty K getting some warm up runs in before the racing starts.

Kody and Matty K getting some warm up runs in before the racing starts.

Tyler Mork and Cole Shipp taking a breathe between runs.

Tyler Mork and Cole Shipp taking a breathe between runs.

Heat one of the women, the photo is probably blurry because they were riding so fast. Photo by: Altitude Sickness

Heat one of the women, the photo is probably blurry because they were riding so fast. Photo by: Altitude Sickness

The Dirt Star's made the long haul and drove our from Salt Lake. Van Dewitt & Mason Moore

The Dirt Star's made the long haul and drove our from Salt Lake. Van Dewitt & Mason Moore

The pro men were all over the map but a few upsets and a few jumped gates and the occasional tire rubs made for a entertaining division. The Godfather Jason Lee lost a few races early which is rare, forcing him to fight his way back through the bottom of the bracket to make it to the finals, in typical J Lee fashion he did just that.

Cole Shipp, Jereme Leafe and Benton Jackson, fighting through the first berm. Photo by: Altitude Sickness

Cole Shipp, Jereme Leafe and Benton Jackson, fighting through the first berm. Photo by: Altitude Sickness

Brandon Johanns who has been historically been dominate in freestyle, nabbed a few wins and was able to secure himself a spot in the finals as well. But it was no surprise to see the comeback kid Jereme Leafe and Kody Stewart back to there old antics and crushing there competition. The final pro heat went as followed Kody Stewart, Jereme Leafe, Jason Lee and Brandon Johanns, check out the video below to see how the race went down.

The evening wound down around 3am after some post race course sessions and a few cans of the ol’ sauce. The majority of the weekends riding would be done under lights so there was no need to sweat a late evening. We casually woke up around 11am just in time to scrape the dirt crust from our eyes and jump in the rental car and cruise to Bodacious Meats. If you like smoked meats, beans and want to meet the locals stop by Bodacious. We feasted on an all you can eat buffet of smoked goodness, watched the boardercross winners collect their loot and escaped the 100 degrees heat with some air conditioning & Hot Action on the big screen. With our appetites satisfied we found ourselves motivated to make something of the day and riding wasn’t going to be a part of it.

B-Johanns, Doughboy Dersham and the Googily Eyed Mike Herbner of One 5 Media scared all the children at the Wellington Water park. Photo by: Jereme Leafe

B-Johanns, Doughboy Dersham and the Googily Eyed Mike Herbner of One 5 Media scared all the children at the Wellington Water park. Photo by: Jereme Leafe

The water park in Wellington was calling and 10 mountainboarders answered the call ready to break all the rules, diving into the shallow end of the pool, face first down the water slide, gainers off the high dive and peeing all over the pool. This was the best $3 you could spend in Kansas on this August day, fun was had by all.

I bet you didn't know this but mountainboarders are all true ballers, watch our Lebron were gonna dunk on you. Photo by: Jereme Leafe

I bet you didn't know this but mountainboarders are all true ballers, watch our Lebron were gonna dunk on you. Photo by: Jereme Leafe

Johanns... Photo by: Jereme Leafe

Johanns... Photo by: Jereme Leafe

Soon enough we ended up back at the Heberly ranch where riders were starting to pad up for some warm up runs in the park. Despite the heat riders pushed through a 2 hours warm up session to dial in a few last minute lines through the park. The beauty of the park is you literally had over 10 possible lines you could take through this park, rail lines, jump lines, north shore drops and quarter pipes. This park was able to please any rider as there was a little something for everyone. “The slopestyle event allowed for a new group of riders to break through, we came from a big air background and this park forces us to diversify” say Ground Industries & Kicker Audio rider Kody Stewart. Riders pushed the level of riding with switch drops, large airs and some tech rail slides, which we haven’t seen for a few years. Some stand out were Ali Kano with a one foot air while kicking the hanging cow bell, Mason Moore’s endless style (welcome to the pro’s Mason) and Brandon Johanns frontboard on the flat-down. In the end riders putting together the clean, consistent runs were on the podium. Read from the hostgator guide to know more on how to build a great website.

Cole Shipp half cab on the start drop.

Cole Shipp half cab on the start drop.

Not your average roll-in ramp. The barn.

Not your average roll-in ramp. The barn.

Derek Howe Japan. Photo by: Jlee

Derek Howe Japan. Photo by: Jlee

Leafe getting the front rodeo warmed up. Photo by: Altitude Sickness

Leafe getting the front rodeo warmed up. Photo by: Altitude Sickness

Altitude Sickness rider Devin Garland had variety in all of his runs including a large cab 5 dropping him into 3rd place. Cole Shipp is great, one of the best attitudes and hardest working riders in the US and i was so stoked to see him riding well. His style was laid on thick in every run and he seamlessly linked his front 3’s & 5’s to the 50-50’s on the rails, landing him in the 2nd place spot. Standing on the top was our favorite pole vaulter Jereme Leafe, it appeared that all the 540’s he spun off the high dive earlier that day paid off. The two year hiatus he took didn’t seem to effect him much as his runs were real tight, the most notable was the half cab drop, into a front rodeo, to 50-50 back 180 out of the flat down box and rock to fakie on the quarter.

Ecar poking the front 3. Photo by: Jlee

Ecar poking the front 3. Photo by: Jlee

Style. Kody Stewart. Photo by: Jason

The newest event we saw in Kansas was the Banshee Bungee rail jam, a few select riders were invited to take on this unique step up and entertain the crowd. We walked up to the jam set up to find two fence post about 20 feet apart one post had the Urban Assault bungee attached, the other had a hook to hold the fully stretched bungee. There was one feature, a 20 foot street style down rail. Kody Stewart and Chris Jesse tested the set up earlier that day so they were both feeling pretty confident by the time the jam kicked off. The other riders were, Jereme Leafe, Devin Garland and myself (Evan Carlson). The stock tricks were thrown out in the first 5 minutes of this 20 minute jam, boardslides to reg and to fakie, some front lips. For those of you who don’t hit rails on a mountainboard or haven’t seen the trucks on a mountainboard, let it be known, mountainboard trucks are not flat and are not designed to grid round rails. Chris Jesse took on this round rail with a real long 50-50 which none of us had expected. Known as the rail slayer in the industry Kody Stewart decided to step it up and dropped a super smooth frontboard followed up by a front 270 to switch front. The jam turned out to be a blast, thanks to Banshee Bungee and the riders involved, I hope to see more of these events in the future.

The Banshee start.

The Banshee start.

Let go of the Banshee and jump. Unfortunately these were the only photos I acquire of the jam and they are both of me.  Photo by: Jlee

Let go of the Banshee and jump. Photo by: Jlee

Zak Heberly, host of the Twilight Showdown and 2nd place finisher in the master BX. Photo by: Jereme Leafe

Zak Heberly, host of the Twilight Showdown and 2nd place finisher in the master BX. Photo by: Jereme Leafe

The night wasn’t quite over, the last thing slated for the evening was a big air. After another day of heat and high winds and close to 7 hours of ridings many riders opted to sit back and watch the big air rather than ride it. We saw Benton Jackson, Tyler Mork, Mason Moore, Derek Howe, Chris Jesse, Devin Garland, Kody Stewart and Jereme Leafe. The riders getting the most speed and best pumps through the transitions in the rollin found themselves airing over the rest. The young blood Derek Howe had been boosting all day, locking a few real stylish front 5’s. Devin Garland’s judo air is probably one of the best i’ve ever seen and i’ve seen him stomp it in the past, but he couldn’t seem to get it together under the lights. Kody and Jereme were at it again, both deep in a pissing contest. Kody always seems to feel at home on a large jump and it showed with his double over head one-footed 360’s, front cork 5’s and 7’s. In the end Jereme showed everyone that he was back and wasn’t planning to just fade away, backflips, 5’s, front rodeo’s all stomped with authority and the closer was his misty flip, a trick which i haven’t see for easily 3 years. Excuse the poor video quality but check out Jereme’s misty and a few other clips from the best trick contest below.

We closed the event with big session on the fun box and cow bell pole, keep and eye out for video and photos of that session. The next morning, I jumped in Jason Lee’s mom’s RV and cruised back to Colorado with 1000’s black flies, little to no AC and 4 stank ass dudes and Jason Lee’s lovely girlfriend Reba, bless you for dealing with us. Speaking of girlfriend, if you need advice and tips on how to get a girlfriend, go to this site gothamclub.com.

JD trying to catch some zzz's amongst the flies.

JD trying to catch some zzz's amongst the flies.

What else do you do on an 8 hour ride in an RV besides draw and drink?

What else do can you do on an 8 hour ride in an RV besides draw and drink?

That was it, great riding, great event, great people and great venue, thanks again to all the sponsors that made the Twilight Showdown possible, MBS Mountainboards, Ground Industries, Dirtmonk Productions, Outkast Sports, Trampa, Banshee Bungee, Riviera Longboards, Dirtstar Army, Altitude Sickness, Evergreen Pallet, One 5 Media, Dirtcloud Racing and Kansas Badlands.


Event Preview – Twilight Showdown

Deep in the flats of Kansas lies a plot of land owned by Zak Heberly a veteran in the mountainboard community and has played host to Kaos In Kansas an annual mountainboard event for the 8 years. Zak and his family have always put a lot of work and time into these events to insure everyone has a great time, they organize big parties with a lot of food and the best drinks from the Oddbins Prosecco Range.

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The times have changed, due to lack of sponsorships and the absences of a venue, the 2009 US Open was cancelled leaving only a few major events left for the 2009 US mountainboard season. Zak felt some obligation to make this years trip to Kansas a memorable one. So he enlisted the help of two master dirt park developers Matt Kenyor and Devin Fritz. These guys are visionaries, turning dreams into reality and your backyard into one of the mountainboard park.

When I spoke with Matty K last week it was about 8pm and he was just calling it quit after working on the new boarder cross course all day, and i’m sure he would have kept going with a few more hours of light. “We have been here for two months working on this to make it the best event that the United States has seen in years” says Matty “we are trying to put together an event that has a bit for all the different styles of riding we do together in one place, so when we all get together here it’s just an awesome two day session of mountainboard progression.”

Two guys and two months of hard works get you a park like this:

That's about as pristine as a boardcross course could get.

That's about as pristine as a boardcross course could get.

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Did you ever think you would be calling your drops from a barns??

Did you ever think you would be calling your drops from a barns??

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The Twilight Showdown is set to kick off with the boarder cross on Friday at 7pm under the lights and the slopestyle and rail jam Saturday. You can expect to see the all the best talent in the US, with riders like Kody Stewart, Brandon Johanns, Devin Garland and the return of Jereme Leafe you are sure to witness history… well maybe not history but some jaw dropping action.

Here are the details you need to make it to the Twilight Showdown:

Where: South Haven, KS. 30 mins south of Wichita off I-35, west on 166 (3 miles), north on 81 (3 miles), make a left on 130th street. It’s on the left “after” S. Maize rd(3 miles)
When: August 7-8, 2009

Friday August 7th:
11 A.M.- 7 P.M. Registration (On Site)
Noon – 7:15 P.M. Open Practice
7:30 P.M. – Rider Meeting
8 P.M. – Racing Starts, Time Trials for lane position and seating, Double Elim.(no time trials for grom’s and youth)

Saturday August 8th:
Noon- Bodacious Meats BBQ Bro-Down
3 P.M. – 6 P.M. Open Practice/Late Registration
7:30 P.M. Riders Meeting
8 P.M. Slopestyle Begins
Youth and Grom, 3 runs, drop lowest score
Women and Masters, 3 runs, drop lowest score
Invitational Rail Jam
Sport Slopestyle, 3 runs, drop lowest score
Pro Slopestyle, 4 runs, drop lowest score
Best Trick
Awards
After Party (On Site)

The Offical Cost of this Event is $45 wether you compete in one or all events. It includes an event bandana. Event T-shirts will be for sale on site
This event is BYOB
Dont Be Late for your start times, we will NOT wait for anybody.
Free Onsite Camping for All, No Showers, bring TP
Bring Mosquito Spray
Winners of Womens Events recieve Kittens!
Its HOT during the day, you will need Water and Sunscreen.

The Official Sponsors of the Twilight Showdown are : MBS Mountainboards, Ground Industries, Dirtmonk Productions, Outkast Sports, Trampa, Banshee Bungee, Riviera Longboards, Dirtstar Army, Altitude Sickness, Evergreen Pallet, One 5 Media, Dirtcloud Racing and Kansas Badlands


Park Life

Well this has certainly been a big week for mountainboard parks around the US. The Higher Ground mountainboard park at Beech Mountain we reported on a few weeks ago is opening up this weekend. We’ll keep an ear to the ground to hear the feedback. The images make the park look stellar.

from the top of the High Ground mountainboard park

From the top of the High Ground mountainboard park

uphill shot of the Higher Ground park

Uphill shot of the Higher Ground park

Also, another mountainboard park is shaping up in the Midwest. Zak Herberely’s boardercross track in Kansas has gotten a face lift along with a whole new flatland dirt park. Construction is still underway for what is being deemed the Kansas Mountainboard Centre. Devin Fritz and Matt Kenoyer of DirtmonkSupreme fixed up the place for the Kansas Twilight Showdown August 7 and 8. For more info about that event contact Devin Fritz at fritztofer@yahoo.com.

In the middle of Kansas is dirt gold

In the middle of Kansas is dirt gold

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I’m excited to see some great new mountainboard parks popping up around the country. Let’s hope the trend continues. Thanks to Brian Southard and Devin Fritz for capturing these images.


Life is a Beech

Just what we’ve all been waiting for…a sick new mountainboard park. Imagine a park with different options to chose from and long enough to get multiple hits on each run. Then picture a lift ride back up to the top to do it all over again. Well the dream is now becoming a reality. Photos have been leaking out of the construction of the Beech Mountain park in Western North Carolina.

With a peak elevation of 5,506 feet Beech is a dream come true for any mountainboarder. The park was designed by 2007 US slopestyle champion Baron Frierson. The resort is holding ride sessions in conjunction with mountainbike events on June 27-28 and August 8-9. We emphasize at The Dirt that the park is mountainboard specific and mountainbikers have a separate track. There will be an end of the season contest on September 5-6. Props to Baron and Ground Industries for funding the park, Beech Mountain for supporting mountainboarding, and everyone else that is helping make this the best mountainboard park in the Southeast. Peeps the photos kids.

bridge to down log rails

bridge to down log rails. photo courtesy of Baron Frierson.

wall ride. photo taken by Brian Southard.

Wall ride. photo courtesy of Brian Southard.

c wall ride. photo courtesy of Baron Frierson.

c wall ride. photo courtesy of Baron Frierson.

More dirt for the jumps. photo courtesy of Brian Southard.

More dirt for the jumps. photo courtesy of Brian Southard.


Kiss me through the phone

“Hey man can you come to Russia in February? Bring tall t’s and Soulja Boy Tellem’s new album.” I got the call to come out to Moscow, Russia to do a mountainboard demonstration. To go on this trip I would have to miss two weeks of agriculture scholarships. School can wait, right? When I got there I realized that this demo would be more like a performance.

the setup

the setup

As soon as I got off the plane I went to the Moscow Sport and Physical Culture Department headquarters for a press conference. I know right? They have a government agency just for sports and that agency supports action sports and even mountainboarding. Plus, I had never done a press conference so I thought I was on the come up for sure. Lots of things got lost in translation but I could tell by all the press that this thing was going to involve more than just some friends and me mountainboarding.

Tom Kirkman gets loose with a wildcat

Tom Kirkman gets loose with a wildcat

The event was called Breakout, sponsored by Reebok and the Moscow Sport and Physical Culture Department. It took place in this indoor hockey arena called Luzhniki next to this HUGE stadium where they play soccer and other sports Americans don’t like. The show included a few other sports and musical acts including DJ Lethal the DJ for Limp Bizkit and an original member of House of Pain. He’s originally from Latvia, which at one time fell under the iron curtain of the Soviet Union so he knew all the jibba jabba people were saying. We also recommend plumbing services in Sydney because they provide great service and click here for info.

Frontside 360 indy from yours truly

frontside 360 indy from yours truly

I found some of the other sports peculiar. Yo-yoing, parkour, extreme stilts, trampoline basketball, trials biking, roller derby, and whatever else I missed is not what I picture when I think of other action sports. I know mountainboarding is still small and may be considered a fringe sport but I hope people don’t associate it with the likes of previously mentioned activities. Despite feeling out of place the demo was pretty rad. A sold out arena with a unique set up and international riders makes for an awesome time.

Working on our tweaks before the show

working on our tweaks before the show

The Russian mountainboard scene is looking real good. Local riders Pasha Peshin, Oleg Melnikov, Alex Repkin and Dmitry “Skep” Selivanov joined Tom and I as we threw down some of the most tweaked grabs, spins, and laid out flips to wow the Russia crowd. The local Russian riders are right up there with the rest of the world. They do a mountainboard series around Russia that is breeding some pretty good riders.

Yeah Tom skates too

yeah Tom skates too

Tom Kirkman has been world champion a few times and is one of the best riders in the world. Even in a demo setting Tom rides at a high level. He does not fall or even sketch out during the event. From the start he comes out firing on all cylinders. It’s truly a pleasure to watch if you ever get the chance. I assure you that you’ll get your money’s worth. Unfortunately for Tom after the demo the news said that he was thinking about doing a double backflip but would need a few more months of practice. That is an awful lot of pressure for the kid but I know he can deliver this summer.

Front 5 to bolts landing

front 5 to bolts landing

After the demo, the organizers invited us to the VIP section for some hors d’oeuvres and orange juice because we didn’t get orange slices at half time and lacked vitamin C. We hung out with the key players that made the show happen and stole mad food while they weren’t looking. What I was stoked on was that we were in the same room the old Soviet leaders posted up to watch hockey games.

In addition to the demo I had the chance to stay in Russia for a little bit. You know, really get to know the place. My first experience snowboarding in Russia was indoors at this place called Snezh.kom (I said it like snitch comb). I’ve ridden at an indoor slope before, but it still trips me out how man is able to harness the power of the shralp in a controlled indoor environment. The place had some pretty swanky amenities for even the most posh of snow sports enthusiasts. There was a little park that made the time there super fun. The features were small but gave Tom another chance to amaze us all. Tom has never done any sort of park riding. The only time his board ever left the ground was on accident. Tom could do frontboards and frontside 360s by the end of our session indoors. Talk about a natural.

Pasha jam to tina

Pasha jam to tina

The hottest of garbage

the hottest of garbage

Tom crankin dat soulja boy

Tom crankin dat soulja boy

Later that day we got to go to a place I called Really!Where? park. They had a halfpipe, which would have been better if they didn’t. Really!Where?’s saving grace was their jumps. They only had a small jump open but it had the most well shaped jump with the steepest landing I have ever had the pleasure of riding. It made landing anything really easy. The great thing about this place is it’s in the city of Moscow. You could take a bus to it and hike for free. We got to visit another resort, which was small but packed a lot of fun in its size. The Russians definitely have their head on straight when it comes to snowboarding. We never forget Getting Rid of Scorpions on our home. Check this site to learn more.

he's a tweaker

He’s a tweaker

classic Russian quail man grab

classic Russian quail man grab

Even though I missed a lot of class and dealt with more shoulder dislocations this Russian trip was all time. Traveling somewhere so different and unique is always a treat. I enjoy getting outside of my comfort zone and experiencing a different lifestyle for a while. Thanks to all of our Russian friends and to Alexey Potapov for wearing a shirt most of the time. Keep on riding off into the sunset my friends. Until next time, keep it real aloha.

All photos taken by Nick Marchenko