Tour Lyfe – Episode 7, Part 1 – Colorado, USA

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So after a few months in Europe, Radface made his way to the United States. While staying with me in Denver, Colorado, Dylan ate all my food, drank all my beer and broke my couch and we occasionally rode. On one of those occasions we went down to Rampart Range where we met up with the rest of the crew, havoc ensued.


Colorado Through The Eyes Of A Sheep Shagger

Words by the Sheep Shagga aka Dylan Warren

Big Money, Big Problems Dylan Warren

Big Money, Big Problems Dylan Warren

Wellllllllllll first of all I’ve been home for a month now sorry this has taken forever haha.

Anyways I was meant to be in Cali for a week doing an MBS demo. But when we decide to leave for Colorado the truck decided to die. So I ended up spending a week in Willits which is in the middle of nowhere.

MBS Demo Ramp & Truck

MBS Demo Ramp & Truck

But finally I got to Colorado a week later and met up with Evan aka Ecar aka Grandpa Carlson. I ditched my bags at his house and we went and rode Goveys which is a sweet little park that’s in Hot Action. Evan did a sick gap out to bonk 180 on a pole. Me n Nick Trill Hill seshed up the brick wall ride which was a load of fun. That night we had a good sesh with Mad Dog 20/20 into the early hours of the morning.

Mad Dog 20-20

Mad Dog 20-20, Bling!

Next morning we got up and took the bungee down to the park and hit up this sick sculpture. We did some stunts and got some photos. Then we drove down to boulder and rode a sweet little BMX track and swam in a river.

Denver Sculpture Park

Dylan forgot to mention that it was about 100 degrees out...

Evan Carlson Backside 180

Ecar Back 180

The next night we made a dope gap over a construction site. They were putting in new drainage and had left a giant hole in the ground which left a perfect opportunity to build a jump over. True Grizz smashed up a jump and a landing in like 20 minutes. We set up the bungee and seshed it. It was super sketchy because we didn’t have much light and there was a big metal sign more or less directly in front of the landing. We got used to it and got some sick snaps. Trill almost got hit by a fox.

Congress Park Gap setup

Congress Park Gap setup

Nick Hill Guinea Piggin The Jump

Nick Hill Guinea Piggin The Jump

The next day we rode at this siiiiiiick step up we had found when we were in boulder. With a few modifications we’d made it rideable. You had to get pushed in jump over a small gap ride down a narrow track then hit the step up. Ecar was getting sick and trying to get down some gnarly cork BS 5s and Trill did a sick backflip. I also managed to get a fs cork 5 and a rodeo up it.

Sizing up the step up, Trill Hill

Benton Jackson Frontside 180

Benton joined us briefly and thru a few 180's

Dylan back 180

Every 180 variation was done, Dylan shifty late 180

Nick Hill Step Up

Trill locked in a few B flips

JLee called us up and invited us down to Colorado Springs for a ride. We went and checked out his local spot the Colorado Springs bike park. The bike park is amongst some amazing red rocks. I got some sick shots of Evan and Chris Jesse slaying it.

Crail Snatching, Evan Carlson

Crail Snatching, Evan Carlson

Then we made it back to father’s house where he cooked us up an amazing dinner. Then we drove out to some national forest and camped out next to the fire. Next morning I found some nice burn marks in my sleeping bag because Evan dragged me to a different spot, he is a bad man. Anywaaaaay um next morning went freeridng in the woods, smashed down some trees and jumped off some logs. Then we met up with Benton and searched for some new spots. We were pretty UN successful but we saw some crazy people with guns and confederate flags. God bless America. We finally arrived in Empire and met up with everyone.

Crew staying hydrated

Crew staying hydrated, Chris Jesse, Nick Hill, Dylan Warren & Benton Jackson

The traffic was a nightmare but we arrived with enough time for a quick session. That night had dinner with Jezza Leafe and had a few beers. Woke up next morning and I rode the small jumps for a few hours before the boarder X started. I’m not the biggest fan of boarder x but it seemed like everyone had fun and slayed it! Honorable mention to Nick Hill for doing every race in only short shorts.

I mean they were very short shorts. Jezza took out first place with some close competition from my boy Mat Silva, Jlee and Grandpa. That night we all went out to one of Empires local restraunts and they made us some good tucka! Some stayed and got crazy on the Indo boards but we ventured back and created our own fire of death with Matty K. We pretty much burnt a tree standing up. J also tried to jump the fire but didn’t quite make it. We also thought it be a fun idea to Mountainboard in the dark in our boxer shorts after a few beers. So everyone drove their cars down put there lights on the jumps and we got crazy.

Me and Trill slept on a concrete slab near a grave yard and I think the rest of the guys might have actually slept in the grave yard. After breakfast and coffee we started to practise for the day’s freestyle comp. There were 3 sections to the freestyle. The jib line, small line and the pro line. We were given 3 runs on each and the winner won with the most points on each line. Mason killed the jib line with a sick nose Manuel across the entire box! Next was the small line where I finally got switch back flips on lock. Devin was mad cus I bet him haha, but I love him. Then after that was the pro line! The pro line jumps are huge and you get alot of speed into all the jumps. Some gnarly stuff went down with Jezza and Mason trying 7s and Mat Silva after punishing himself all day got a sick line down.

Then we had a quick break and warmed up for the best trick competition that afternoon. Everyone was giving it all they had left! Devin definitely deserved first place with his sick cab 5 over the huuuuge step down! He won himself a brand new 2011 Never Summer snowboard! Then we had some pizza and chilled out and found out the results for the weekend.

I had the most amazing trip in Colorado and America! Can’t wait to come back and hang out with everyone. Thanks so much to Evan for letting me crash at his house and leave my shit everywhere. Thanks to J for his support and love. All the MBS boys! Everyone who gave me lifts. Benton and Bjo for letting me play in your hammock. True Grizz for telling me to wear my pads and being my mother. The empire and Altitude Sickness crew and all the guys who drunk beers with me!
Love
Dylan warren


Wild Horses in Denver

Great adventures have been had here in Colorado over the last few weeks, from 100 degree city sessions to trespassing on mustang ranches, we’ve had some fun. Luckly we’ve had a camera on hand to document it, here is a little edit from the past few weekends of riding from Brando.

NunyO from Beej on Vimeo.


Summer In The City

God damn it was smoking hot this past weekend but it didn’t stop the crew from getting out there. Not an ounce of negative energy was expelled, except for Chris Adams fighting a homeless guy who was trying to take his torn pant legs.

Chris Adams Has No Leg

Chris Adams will punch your grand mother if you touch his pant legs

The city of Denver is vast and offers just about any type of riding you want. Despite the arid land, suburbia has tons of fresh grassy hills and the business parks as well, so we found ourselves deep in the Denver Tech Center slaying everything. We locked in the first session at Burns Park which has a ton of sculptures, one of which is a badass launch/wallride piece.

Burns Park Denver

The Burns Park Hit

From there we rode some funky looking grass nipple on the side of the highway. Then to the business park where Grizz found himself a nice gap.

Chris Adams Mountainboard gapper

Grizz olling something

One of my favorite things about mountainboarding is the exploration involved, this ain’t snowboarding, there is no pre-established riding spots, so you best get out and find your own terrain. Every now and again you gotta get creative, think outside the box. For example, Brandon Johanns got so sick on this work out bench.

Brandon Johanns Tailblock Stall

Brandon Johanns working out

Well, i’ve now been working on this post for two weeks, so it’s old new to me… sorry, I just got to get it posted.


One 5 riders still mountainboard

Despite the lack of media produced by One 5 in 2009 – 2010, most of us are still riding. Rumor has it there may even be another One 5 film for 2011 with some international riding…. then again it’s just a rumor. Another rumor is Justin Dersham dropped all board sports after spending an entire winter with skiers in British Columbia.

Govies park always has and always will be the most accessible ride stop here in Denver, with a variety of drops, great grass to carve and lets not forget that long brick wallride. The wallride is my personal favorite, with a mellow bank up to the 90 degree wall and 200 feet of wall to choose from. This wall has lots of potential, I recently learned a few new tricks on it and I think more will come.

Brandon & Benton recently learned how the internet works and created a lovely little Tumblr site to post random stony thoughts, http://shlumburglars.tumblr.com. Expect to see a few more short web edit from them this session.

We all got down up in Empire last weekend for the first time since the official opening of the park when everything was muddy and almost unrideable. Photographer Dag Larson was on hand to get some shots for a photo project and had a list of things we wanted to shoot but mainly some airs on the quarter, a few sequences, and a handplant. I think we accomplished everything he wanted… I still have yet to see the final photos. Dag was kind enough to pass me a few shots.

Benton Jackman Meth

Benton Jackman Meth

Brando getting all tucked in.

Brando getting all tucked in.

Love this stale

Love this stale

We've all seen it before...

We've all seen it before...

Bet you have seen this one though

Bet you haven't seen this one though

Ponce Airing The Channel

Ponce Airing The Channel

New Never Summer gap, it's big!

New Never Summer gap, it's big!

The season has just begun, there is much more to come.


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).


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.

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 and there is a casino 15 minutes down the road, so you can find me there on Saturday night.

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 Banshee

The Problem: Without hills, slopes or something propel you mountainboarding well, sucks.

The Solution: Bungee Banshee!!!

I’ve been seeing this pop up all over action sports, wakeboarding, skating and a few weeks back Ground Industries used it at the Cricket Campus Rail Jam where there was no hill in sight. Real stoked on the potential for this.

Bungee Banshee was designed for this reason....to get sick!

Bungee Banshee was designed for this reason....to get sick!

From what i heard the Cricket Campus Rail Jam went off, and Ground Industries flew in riders from all over the United States, Kody Stewart, Leon Robbins and of course the Colorado locals showed. Here are a few shots.

Pulling Back The Banshee

Pulling Back The Banshee


.......This is what the Banshee can serve to you

.......This is what the Banshee can serve to you


Word is Kody was impressing all the spectators even the haters.

Word is Kody was impressing all the spectators even the haters.


A-P so relaxed in front of the crowd, i think she took a podium spot too.

A-P so relaxed in front of the crowd, i think she took a podium spot too.


B Johanns was all over the place, on the snow on the dirt, unstoppable!

B Johanns was all over the place, on the snow, on the dirt, unstoppable!