Minneapolis; MidWestern Urban Snowboarding Hotbed
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.”
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.
- Ryan Paul—> $8,000
- Nial Romanek—>$5,000
- Aidan Flanagan—> $3,000
- Ted Borland—> $2,000
- Jaeger Bailey—> $1,000
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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The Hill Billy Shred Show web series is just around the corner and this teaser showcases the antics that happened. With a crew of many, in a Sprinter, out to show that the Midwest is the place to be – the Hill Billy Shred Tour did just that.
SPT to Design New Terrain Park
Vail Resorts has recently purchased Afton Alps Ski Resort, welcoming them into their Epic Family now consisting of 26 different mountains in 4 different countries. It is quite an exciting time for the Minnesota Family Ski Hill. Not only is Afton celebrating their 50th year of operation in the 2013/2014 Season but Vail Resorts has plans for a $10 million dollar capital improvement campaign.
Over 70 new Snowmaking Guns and an improved system spread throughout the 300 acres of skiable terrain will allow an earlier start and extend the season further into the spring. To match the improvements of the quality of man-made snow, Afton is implementing a re-imagining of the guest experience. Enhanced customer service, a wide range of Ski Pass options, an improved Food and Beverage department, world class coaching and instruction; Afton Alps will continue to be the beloved Mom and Pop Ski Resort but will now boast a world class feel.
Perhaps the most exciting enhancement to the hill will be the brand new terrain park designed and to be built by world renowned Snow Park Technologies. SPT has built over 250 Competition Courses; including all of the Winter X Games and Winter X Games Europe courses, the Winter Dew Tour, the Burton US Open, and the Vans Triple Crown. This winter Afton will claim the areas most innovative park system; consisting of three different sections for skiers and riders of every level, as well as a new teaching area. SPT has designed one of a kind signature features for the park, which will be accessible by new tow ropes. The highly anticipated state-of-the-art air garden will sit atop SPT’s illustrious list of park creations.
The 2013/2014 Winter Season has already been a stellar event for Afton Alps Ski Resort without a single flake falling from the heavens. The improvements Vail Resorts has in place for Afton will expand the hill’s horizons and improve the ski experience for the MidWestern shredder. The St. Croix River Valley has held this gem of a ski area in her bosom for fifty years. Now, she will have the chance to show the world that Afton is where Epic begins.
To learn more about Afton Alps Ski Resort and how you can have an Epic Season click here.
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Yes the Midwest has the best street riders in the world, but there is an endless list of East Coast crews that are hot on our tails. Check out the Stumped presents Root 9 teaser- featuring Bar Dadon, Cole Navin, Parker Szumowski and friends. Notice all of the Nitro Snowboards, yeah, if you want a deck that takes a beating, get on.
Video by: Eli Olson