Holy Oly 2009By Nick Lipton • Feb 23rd, 2009 • Category: Features, Random
The Holy Oly 2009. Photo: Alex Mertz
The 2009 Holy Oly was coined, “The Contest Even God Couldn’t Stop” for good reason. Earlier this season Seattle’s hotspot for late night shredding experienced a massive avalanche. The slide took out lift towers and unfortunately the normal location of the quarterpipe. Luckily for everyone looking forward to this legendary contest, Snoqualmie’s Krush Kaluza made it happen as always.
A big quarter pipe, Cobra Dogs, and a slew of shredders both old and young, the day was built for a good time. The rider list was by far a good group of humans. The Dew Tour championship super mega competition was overlapping the Oly, so those in attendance were there for the shred, not a F-850 or whatever the Dew Tour decided to give away. The most notable man in attendance for me, was none other that Seattle’s favorite son Peter Line.
Check out our exclusive in the “The Men’s Room” with Peter Line.
Peter Line, check him in The Men’s Room. Photo: Alex Mertz
Peter was crazy, even though everyone was having difficulty getting speed he managed to touch the sky, do some spins, and attempt a few nollie frontflips. Watching Peter drop in from the absolute top of the run in only to tuck and straight line at the quarterpipe was a thing of beauty, and something I was not prepared to try. The run-in was scary, scary and icy, and the speed you had to take into this 28 foot beast was a little more than anyone was ready for.
Upside down spin. Photo: Alex Mertz
At the end of the day tricks were thrown, people got broke off, hot dogs were eaten in mass quantities and victors were crowned.
Best Trick: Matt Guess
Best Day Job rider (Hardest Charging Industry Dude): Jake Kelly
Meat Hucker: Devin Elliot
NW Method: Kurt Jenson
Highest Air: Austin Hironaka
and the big one…Holiest of the Oly 2009: Monty Hayes!
I’d also like to note Pat Bridges’s hand plants (he invented the tail block!) and Yobeat would like to send a special thanks Scott Blum for his night time antics.
Sunset Grabber. Photo: Alex Mertz
After the quarterpipe was shut down it was bar time. Besides some great fights, debauchery, amazing drink deals, and good live performances nothing really went on. The night closed with a heavy metal show that closed the bar down and had more than a few men escorted out the door. Like I said, mellow night.
Awesome. Photo: Alex Mertz
Smoke em’ if ya got em’. Photo: Alex Mertz
Check out Darcy Bacha’s Gallery of the 2009 Holy Oly. (Click on a thumbnail to enlarge and click through!)
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