Last year it was gnarly; and this year, just a bit gnarlier. The Sunset Sliders bus came up early to build some sweet ramps for the 2012 Giant’s Head Freeride. Ramps combined with the steep and narrow pavement proved to be a spectacle of skilled riders killing it for the three day event. I will show you some favorites of mine from the weekend.
Before I left for Giant’s Head, I went to Rip City to set-up a new board from my sponsor, Subsonic Skateboards. It was sick! I had my third version of a customized Killjoy made by Scott Moore the owner builder of Subsonic boards. I was so stoked.
Now to the event! I skated it up as much as I could in the hot Summerland, BC weather. It was so much fun ripping with everybody. This was a freeride and a race event that attracted the regular hard hitters in addition to many new faces. I apologize if I don’t know your name and you are in a photo of mine. Let me know if you are in one of these photos through the facebook reply.
The Giant’s Head road had three different banks and one ramp to bank. Occasionally a ramp would get a hole in it and it would be self regulated, blocked up or warned against. It would be fixed ASAP as riders just kept coming. Skaters looking out for skaters. Unfortunately nothing could be done as Jessie Breiman, followed closely by Liam Morgan (who had just recovered from a broken femur), bailed from his board on the double rainbow bank and broke a hole through the ramp near the bottom. People watched in horror as Liam’s wheels sunk into the hole and he smacked his body to the ground.
The race started out by grudge matches. One rider picks another rider they want to compete against one on one. That is how the first round of heats goes down. Brackets start and I guess the organizers try to match up consequential rounds fairly. Anyway, some took it really seriously and some did not. Many riders decided to place restrictions like no hands down to make it more interesting. Watching Kyle Martin and Gabe Antonio com through a corner standing really close together was pretty awesome. I missed the shot as my jaw was dropped watching it happen. I just wish I was at a corner that was toeside for them. Here is are my photos from the race.
The Giant’s Head Freeride was an event definitely worth going to. It was like a downhill skatepark. We need more multi-terrain downhill courses like it. See you at the next event… probably Cathlamet in eight days! If you don’t know what the Cathlamet Downhill Corral is then check the homepage soon for a press release.