Forget about the prophecies of Nostradamus, the late Tom Sims hits the nail on the head talking about snowboarding with “It’ll become the main stream winter sport for teenagers and guys in their 20′s..”
Hitting hips is pretty fun to do and it looks like the Airblaster boys enjoyed ripping through Montana’s Lost Trail Resort. More to come.
3rd and Hennepin, Downtown Minneapolis; not what comes to mind when one thinks of snowboarding, let alone epic snowboarding. However, this was the site, on Saturday October 19, for the most anticipated urban snowboarding event in the industry.
Lib Tech’s Downtown Throwdown has been the epicenter of urban rail contests for the last 7 years. The brainchild of Lib Tech and Snowboys Productions’ Krush Kulesza, the Throwdown began as a small “Do It Yourself” contest in Seattle and has expanded into the leading event in urban snowboarding. In 2013, the DTTD moved from the West Coast to the MidWestern Urban Snowboarding Hotbed of Minneapolis. This year $20k in total prize money is on the line; the most in contest history and bringing the cumulative amount to $100k. Riders were chosen from edits posted on the internet that gained popularity due to progressive and daring moves. This comp is not for the mundane or competition heavy snowboarder. The Downtown Throwdown was created for the evolution of the sport, for the urban rider pushing the limits of their athleticism, pushing the limits of what can be done and in some cases what should be done. Think Cru Jones on Hell Track.
The DTTD has set itself apart from the bland and typical one to two feature contest. Creativity is the soul of action snow sports. The DTTD allows its participants to explore the expanse of their riding genius and provides the means by which to expound upon it. The best urban and park features are picked each year and set on a tiered structure. A typical contest has one to two features on a single level. Tricks get stagnant, predictable; riders reach a cap of trick inventory as feature options are non-existent. The 2013 DTTD Comp had nine of the best features on three different levels. The 150 foot structure rose from the asphalt to 30 feet into the grey skies. Urban snowboarding’s version of a Sphinx and Mona Lisa love child with a dash of Bro and garnish of Sickbird. Snowboarding is the paintbrush, Lib Tech’s Downtown Throwdown the canvas. To see some more pics check out “Lib Tech’s Downtown Throwdown Rocks Minneapolis.”
Beyond the scope of large contests like the Olympics, Dew Tour, USSA Grand Prix, and the X Games halfpipe riding has pretty much been on the back burner as far as video edits go. The accessibility and cost to film Street is far easier and cheaper than riding a resort pipe – let alone ride it enough to get really good.
It took 7 shapers over 1,500 hours to construct the DC Area 43 Pipe at the French resort Meribel and it looks like Thomas Krief enjoyed every second of it.
Featuring Thomas Krief
Directed and Edited by Maxime Moulin
Music by Jonathan Cohen
October 19, 2013– Hundreds of Minnesotans unpacked jackets from storage and shook the mothball fragrance off winter gear this past Saturday. Was it time for gorgeous gourd picking? Was it time to get a pumpkin spiced latte and go for a stroll in the city? On the contrary. It was all for snowboarding. Lib Tech’s Downtown Throwdown captivated a crowd of winter-clad MidWesterners who braved the weather which ran the gamut from sunshine to hail.
The crowd rejoiced as both sharpened pieces of ice and Urban riders fell from the heavens. There was a full assault on the senses. Pros and Amateurs stomped the three tiered urban course; which included nine different features allowing for the utmost creativity and choice. Downtown Minneapolis was hammered by a barrage of flashy tricks. Front flips, back flips, backside 270′s, presses, and hand plants galore; just a taste of what was thrown at the jib-tastic broham bash. Hearts and hands were warmed watching hometown heroes and international superstars slay the beast and feed the fires of their passion.
Monster Moment Best Trick
Jesse Paul, pole jam backflip to 50-50 on the A-frame
Think Thank’s Crab Grab Quarterpipe Award
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