Tasting The Dirt – Cedar Ledge, PA

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Deep in central Pennsylvania, in a land where fracking is the big industry and cell phone service doesn’t exist, lies the best mountainboard course in the United States. Nestled on the hill behind his thriving apple orchard is Curtis Kelly’s escape, the endless terrain that he and a few other locals have been sculpting for over a decade. Every where you look there is a line, and with a few friends & the will you can ride anything. One of the first lines conceived at Cedar Ledge was by the late Jon Sever who was a local to the park for many years.

This past weekend we returned to the orchard for a few days of earned turns, cliff jumping & another segment of Tasting The Dirt!

Tasting The Dirt – Mountainboarding Cedar Ledge, PA – Carnage, Jereme Leafe & Evan Carlson from The Dirt on Vimeo.


Tour Lyfe – Episode 6 – Winterburg, Germany

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This episode is for all the beautiful ladies out there(queue the crickets) who like pretty boys who mountainboard. In this episode more than half of the guys ride without shirts and rocking short shorts and it’s fucking gnarly. Winterberg is consistently building jumps and drops that are pushing the limits of mountainboarding, check out the old Winterberg gap footage here if you don’t believe me. So i’m not surprised that fellas went there and absolutely destroyed the place.

Adieu.

TOUR LYFE- Part 1, Episode 6 from Dylan Warren on Vimeo.

TOUR LYFE – Episode 6, pt 2 from Dylan Warren on Vimeo.


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


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).


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

I'm digging the park feature

Dirt masterpiece

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.