Real hyped on this episode of Tour Lyfe, all the homies are in it traveling around France and just crushing everything!
Real hyped on this episode of Tour Lyfe, all the homies are in it traveling around France and just crushing everything!
Words by the Sheep Shagga aka 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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).
Let me tell you a little bit about this small town called South Haven in middle America Kansas.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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:
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
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
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.