Lib Tech’s DTTD Heats Up Twin Cities

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Minneapolis; MidWestern Urban Snowboarding Hotbed

DCIM107GOPRO3rd 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.”

 

 

 

Mind the Video Man – Ryan Paul Full Part

If you haven’t received an opportunity to get to know Ryan Paul, take a second and do so.  Ryan is a zany rider for Switchback Bindings that rips a little harder and a little faster than everyone else.  The Mind the Video Man shows a glimpse of what Ryan is capable of.

Zany Jam – Rail Jam

Zany Jam at Wild Mountain

Local legends Ryan Paul and Jake OE are teaming up with Zion Snowboards to host the Zany Jam at Wild Mountain on Saturday, November 17th!  The Zany Jam rail jam will be a blast for every ability!  Registration is $10 for every division except for the Open Snowboard division which is $15.  Show up, bring your friends and have a blast at the Zany Jam! Read More

Hot Dawgz And Hand Rails 2011

An annual rite of passage into the season, Hot Dawgz And Hand Rails, went down this weekend at Bear Mountain in Snowcal (Big Bear Lake, California). For the last 8 years the contest has served as the unofficial start of the contest season. This year Clayton Shoemaker and crew carted in 130 TONS of snow for the event. It’s innovative urban layout was a refreshing change from all the scaffolding and single rail option comps that seem to be a dime a dozen these days. Minnesnowta showed up hard and when the smoke cleared (from all the medicinal card carrying locals) Ryan Paul from Afton Alps walked away with first place and ten large ($10,000.00). Rounding off the field was Brandon Hobush in 2nd and another Land Of 10,000 Lakes rider, Jesse Paul, taking third.

Ryan Paul Representin Minnesota!

We had to throw out a quick congrats to Ryan Paul who just won the West Coast Invitational out in Mammoth. Originally from our neck of the country Ryan took your good ol’ rail jam to a new level with a front flip, 50-50, 180 out. Atta boy Ryan! You make us all proud to be from the Midwest.

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Photo by Binky and SNOWBOARD Mag