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.

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).


J.J. Gittes Aka Evan Carlson

Creator, designer, developer, vagabond & slayer of all boardsports. Mountainboarding is the most fun of all the board sport, so I started The Dirt so I could share it with the world.

19 Comments

  1. Amanda Poindexter! With a name like that she has to be good.

  2. Was this a competition? I never saw any results posted.

    How many people were there?

  3. It is indicative of the rinky dink nature of mountainboarding in the US that results from one of only three competitions can’t even be published.

    It is also typical for someone to say Dave won wnhem he didn’t. How many cones did he go around and say he didn’t?

  4. Daddy yo you are obviously queer, when was the last time you even touched a mountainboard?? Fuck you bud!! You’ve been kicked off every forum how long until you get blocked from comments on The Dirt??

  5. Justin – you are the one who should be blocked from commenting here. You come on here and hate on me and gays. You don’t know me and you are probably gay yourself and just won’t admit it.

  6. I believe we’ve learned to know you over the years.
    The concept of a “douche” was hard to understand for me. Thanks for illustrating that for me… douche.

  7. ok?
    didn’t really wanna post yet.
    anyway, sick park-love to come out and ride it one time.
    keep on shredding up there!!!

  8. “Mikael Says:
    October 14th, 2009 at 3:38 am
    I believe we’ve learned to know you over the years.
    The concept of a “douche” was hard to understand for me. Thanks for illustrating that for me… douche.”

    It took you a long time to understand what the word douche meant? It is a French word, idiot.

    You could have just looked it up in a dictionary or looked in the mirror. A douche is someone who recruits other people to make libelous accusations to someones’ employer in an attempt to get them fired. All because they couldn’t win an arguement.

    A douche is also a French mountainboard rider who writes about how much he hates America and how superior France is to America but then attempts to try to steal his entry into America. Mikael is that douchbag.

    To bad ICE knows about you now. Look for special attention to be paid to you as you try to leave the airport in France and even closer attention paid when you arrive in America.

    I’ll do everything I can to keep him out of this country or have him arrested if he trys to sneak in and overstay his visa.

    We don’t need French douchbags in the US.

  9. either you’re really young or you have frustration issue…
    i’d say the second but i’m not entirely convinced.
    anyway, it’s sad

  10. Alan – I don’t have the power to stop anyone from entrering the US. I do have the right to notify the authorities to let them know that Mikael Garmond intends to overstay a tourist visa and attempt to steal his way into the US.

    That is exactly what I did and I will continue to track him when he arrives in the US to make sure ICE knows his intentions.

    It is my responsibiity as a US citizen to report crimes when I know of them.

  11. This is what I sent to ICE.

    Mikael Gramont

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    So Natalie and I are moving to SF next April. We’ll get jobs, we’ll get a place to live…. and then I’ll ask:
    What’s a mountainboarder to do when he wants to jump, there ? I mean, I know what I’m leaving, but I don’t know what I’ll find. Does anyone have any eye candy for me ?
    Does Hooterville still exist ? How far from SF is it ? What about Kratka, I know it was taken down, but is there anything left ? Where’s Matt Newman ? Will the Meeko ride again ? Is that enough questions ?

    Good thing I copied and sent this becasue it looks like Mikael has deleted just about everything else on the web about himself in order to cover his tracks before sneaking into the US.

    You won’t hear much from him when he gets here. I’ll make sure of that.

  12. HA HA, Mika lookout!!!!…

    Im sure the US wont have any problems letting a French Engineer who’s married to a US citizen, get a visa…

    Your so full of shit i really cant wait to see what train wreck you’ll spew out next.

  13. Who ever cheese dick is, your going to get your ass kicked if I find out who you are!!

  14. DaddyYo why do you even bother reading all of our forums and blogs. Your obviously a negative impact on our sport so do us a favor and f*** off.

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