Mandatory Coverage: Downtown ThrowdownBy Nick Lipton • Oct 27th, 2008 • Category: Features, Random
Zac, Jake, Jonas, and Jed. Winner Winner Chicken Dinner.
Seattle’s Quest field is home to the NFL’s Seahawks, so when a bunch of snow, dirty kids, and photographers showed up to “slide ice” the security guards were pretty confused. One guard asked, “You guys are here to slide down ice? And these guys are considered “pro”? That’s stupid.” he was then asked, “Is watching huge men throw around a ball any less stupid.” the guard thought about it and replied, “Guess not.”
Jonas Michilot won money for his ice sliding skills.
Forget the security guys, they were all jerks anyway. The rail jam was great. Summit at Snoqualmie’s Krush Kulesza along with the rest of Snowboy Productions put on the third annual Downtown Throwdown in Seattle and it was packed with today’s best up and coming riders. Jed Anderson, Nick Dirks, Jarad Hadi, Scott Stevens, Austen Sweetin, Jonas Michilot, and a bunch of others were judged by Darrell Mathes, Jon Kooley, and Austin Smith on a downbar, a down-flat-down, and a wall ride.
Zac Marben’s mustache is doing things.
Practice started, kids got wild. Name a trick, it happened, it happened the other way, and it happened hardway. I’m not even going to get into the trick list. It would be useless, name a trick, it happened. Some standout moments though were Jed Anderson’s everything. Hardway front 180 switch 5-0 back 180 out. That was one of maybe 40 tricks he did. Nick Dirks apparently didn’t feel like hitting the rails after practice and focused all his energy on launching off the wall ride. I’ve never seen a snowboarding come so close to skateboarding. Jake Olsen-Elm decided to switch front the double kink, and pretty much everyone else except this one bad guy had something amazing to offer.
Nick Dirks, big wall to wall transfer.
In the end, Jed Anderson won, because he is better than everyone else. Everyone who didn’t win shouldn’t feel bad though, Peter Line put it great after the awards, “Contests should be a first place or last place kind of a thing, no middle ground.”
Jed Anderson, wall ride hand plant. Mind Blowing.
Then everyone went to bars, hotel rooms, and Seattle’s other hotspots. Oddly, the snowboard crowd shut the bar down and got thrown out, who saw that coming? Someone let off some bottle rockets in the bar, I understood this as a sign of congratulations for Jed, but others saw it differently. The bar was then emptied and the night continued elsewhere.
Check the full photo gallery below, get all excited about snowboarding, and wait another month for snow to fall.
Article Photography by: Jordan Strong
Photo Gallery by: Jared Souney
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