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The Cathlamet Downhill Corral: Photos by Jon Huey

Open podium: 1st Brandon Tissen 2nd Billy Meiners 3rd Louis Pilloni 4th A.J. Haiby

Open podium:
1st Brandon Tissen
2nd Billy Meiners
3rd Louis Pilloni
4th A.J. Haiby

The other weekend, the city of Cathlamet, WA hosted many skateboarders for the Cathlamet Downhill Corral. There a number of events over the three day weekend, and I photographed all of them except for the Puget Island Push race. It was too early in the morning and the slalom race, which I competed in, was happening at the same time. Here are a ton of photos from the weekend.

There were three rough days of ramp building to make this event happen. I showed up on the last set-up day and helped move ramps on the hill.

Jp, Corey, and Rob work together to load ramp supplies on the truck

Jp, Corey, and Rob work together to load ramp supplies on the truck

Some semi-local kids had a lot of questions for Zach and Dakota, who just arrived from Hawaii for the event.

Some local kids had a lot of questions for Zach and Dakota, who just arrived from Hawaii for the event.

All the left-overs

All the left-overs

On Friday, the slopestyle event was held in the afternoon after the push race and the slalom race. Brandon Dejarles won the push race and David Mitchell, who also helped volunteer for the event, won the slalom. The slopestyle involved ramps and downhill sliding but the ramp skating trumped any sliding because that’s where the ripping was happening. I don’t know all the transition skating terminology, but I’ll try with the following captions.

Early grab lein to tail

Early grab lein to tail

Frontside rock and roll

Frontside rock and roll

Chance ollies and grabs without the early...

Chance ollies and grabs without the early…

Tom Weiss got really high with his early grabs

Tom Weiss got really high with his early grabs

Kids, look. Reverse kingpin trucks are dangerous to grind on, especially on noping. Big Dave powers through the danger zone on this slasher.

Kids, look, reverse kingpin trucks are dangerous to grind on, especially on noping. Big Dave powers through the danger zone on this slasher.

William Royce had consistent ally-oop early grab 180s

William Royce had consistent ally-oop early grab 180s

Taylor Martin with a texas sweeper

Taylor Martin with a texas sweeper

Tom Weiss - Miller flip

Tom Weiss – Miller flip

After a good amount of open jam session, the judges picked the top 20 and each finalist had 3 runs and were scored separately on each run. They judges ranked the finalists based on their highest scoring run.

Taylor Martin - Texas plant

Taylor Martin – Texas plant

Louis Pilloni - early grab

Louis Pilloni – early grab

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Brandon Tissen - Ollie

Brandon Tissen – Ollie

KJ Nakanelua started one run off with a handstand

KJ Nakanelua started one run off with a handstand

KJ with the boneless. He landed a boneless to tail next run that won him the event, but I missed it.

KJ with the boneless. He landed a boneless to tail next run that won him the event, but I missed it.

The judges judge.

The judges judge.

Brandon Tissen with a floater.

Brandon Tissen with a floater.

KJ gets a free ride to the slopestyle podium

KJ gets a free ride to the slopestyle podium

KJ Nakanelua won, Tom Weiss got second, and Louis Pilloni got third.

Sidewalk slalom was the final event of the Friday. I loved the late evening lighting.

Cory Hirschman, looking mean on the sidewalk slalom course

Cory Hirschman, looking mean on the sidewalk slalom course

Casey pushes and maneuvers his way to first place.

Casey pushes and maneuvers his way to first place.

Brandon Tissen slows down for a cone.

Brandon Tissen slows down for a cone.

Dave Tannaci styles it into the sunset.

Dave Tannaci styles it into the sunset.

David Mitchell launches part of the course.

David Mitchell launches part of the course.

The next day, Saturday included the boarder x event and the best trick and big air contest on the mule kicker.

Tibs, Rachel, and Anne start a massage train in the shade.

Tibs, Rachel, and Anne start a massage train in the shade.

Harrison Finney shares his minty ice cream.

Harrison Finney shares his minty ice cream.

Jp Rowan, the organizer, gets 45 minutes to skate the ramps before getting back to work.

Jp Rowan, the organizer, gets 45 minutes to skate the ramps before getting back to work.

sweet artwork

sweet artwork

Will leads this race heat

Will leads this race heat

Ramp racing

Ramp racing

Brandon Tissen and Brian Cortright slide for the corner.

Brandon Tissen and Brian Cortright slide for the corner.

Air time

Air time

Casey Morrow raced the whole thing stand-up

Casey Morrow raced the whole thing stand-up

David Rudgers chooses the safe route

David Rudgers chooses the safe route

Casey gets air

Casey gets air

Brandon Tissen, Devon Dotson, and Ross Druckery slow down a bit before the mule kicker.

Brandon Tissen, Devon Dotson, and Ross Druckery slow down a bit before the mule kicker.

Ross and Devon didn't make this air.

Ross and Devon didn’t make this air.

I think this is a re-run heat with Louis Pilloni and Michael Carson

I think this is a re-run heat with Louis Pilloni and Michael Carson

The consolation final heat got tight.

The consolation final heat got tight.

Riders battle for the inside line

Riders battle for the inside line

The final heat. David Rudgers had the lead before the corner, Brandon tissen passed around the outside, and Will Royce snuck up with a fast inside line. Brandon won by a a few inches or so.

The final heat. David Rudgers had the lead before the corner, Brandon tissen passed around the outside, and Will Royce snuck up with a fast inside line. Brandon won by a a few inches or so.

Tom Weiss won best trick on the mule kicker with this backflip. Gnarly.

Tom Weiss won best trick on the mule kicker with this backflip. Gnarly.

Chance Gaul did his signature early grab 360's with style and grace

Chance Gaul did his signature early grab 360’s with style and grace

The massage train just got longer

The massage train just got longer

The announcers: Billy Meiners and Rob McKendry. Jp eats a sandwich.

The announcers: Billy Meiners and Rob McKendry.
Jp eats a sandwich.

Taylor Martin gets some serious hang time.

Taylor Martin gets some serious hang time.

Ross battled for the big air and got worked.

Ross battled for the big air and got worked.

His girlfriend and a volunteer for the event, Amanda, encourages him to be a man and drink up.

His girlfriend and a volunteer for the event, Amanda, encourages him to be a man and drink up.

Chance, on one of his attempts at big air. He nailed every landing for the big air.

Chance, on one of his attempts at big air. He nailed every landing for the big air.

Ouch

Ouch

Taylor Martin bails a big air

Taylor Martin bails a big air

Boarder X podium: 1st Brandon Tissen 2nd William Royce 3rd David Rudgers

Boarder X podium:
1st Brandon Tissen
2nd William Royce
3rd David Rudgers

Tom Weiss won best trick

Tom Weiss won best trick

Chance won the longest air, with a distance not quite as long as he jumped last year.

Chance won the longest air, with a distance not quite as long as he jumped last year.

On Sunday, the third and final day of the event, the downhill race commenced. There was an open, women’s, and Junior’s class. The racers got many practice heats before a late lunch. Racing started after lunch and commenced with only minor injuries and a few scary crashes.

Ross Druckery and Dakota Camp rail through the first big corner...

Ross Druckery and Dakota Camp rail through the first big corner…

..and then navigate the main corner through town.

..and then navigate the main corner through town.

Here's another angle of the awkward corner

Here’s another angle of the awkward corner

I love the crowd in the background

I love the crowd in the background

MacKenzie Yoshida gets thrown to his butt, back and back of his head on this wipe out.

MacKenzie Yoshida gets thrown to his butt, back and back of his head on this wipe out.

Georga Bontorin familiarizes herself with the outside edge of the corner.

Georga Bontorin familiarizes herself with the outside edge of the corner.

Awesome race heat thrown the main street

Awesome race heat through the main street

The view from the scaffolding on which Rob announces

The view from the scaffolding on which Rob announces

Locals play, "Whoever can keep their hand underneath the board the longest wins the board."

Locals play, “Whoever can keep their hand underneath the board the longest wins the board.”

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Jonathan Chan slides out while Jack Craddock makes the line.

Jonathan Chan slides out while Jack Craddock makes the line.

Amanda Roden rails

Amanda Roden rails

In the junior's final heat, Grant Benesh won with an injured and swollen left hand

In the grom’s final heat, Grant Benesh won with an injured and swollen left hand

Georga Bontorin led the women's final heat into this corner.

Georga Bontorin led the women’s final heat into this corner.

Alicia Fillback followed closely behind with some standing it up.

Alicia Fillback followed closely behind with some standing it up.

Georga Bontorin went in too hot and hit the bails.

Georga Bontorin went in too hot and hit the bails.

Rachel Bruskoff passed Georga.

Rachel Bruskoff passed Georga.

Carmen gets target fixation  on the sign made by some fans of her and Alicia.

Carmen gets target fixation on the sign made by some fans of her and Alicia.

Brett Ciabattini leads the consi-final heat.

Brett Ciabattini leads the consi-final heat.

Brandon looks back in the final heat to watch AJ passing on the inside

Brandon looks back in the final heat to watch AJ passing on the inside

The pack is tight on the final heat. Brandon Tissen was the only one who made it through this corner without crashing out.

The pack is tight on the final heat. Brandon Tissen was the only one who made it through this corner without crashing out.

Anne Sheppard congratulates Brandon on his win.

Anne Sheppard congratulates Brandon on his win.

A winning Brandon is a very happy Brandon

A winning Brandon is a very happy Brandon

Skip, the man behind Turn Co. art, displays the all-around skater trophy.

Skip, the man behind Turn Co. art, displays the all-around skater trophy.

The final downhill race podiums:

Junior podium: 1st Grant Benesh 2nd Martin DePass Cheek 3rd Tyler Williams

Grom podium:
1st Grant Benesh
2nd Martin DePass Cheek
3rd Tyler Williams

Women podium: 1st Alicia Fillback 2nd Rachel Bruskoff 3rd Georga Bontorin 4th Carmen Shafer

Women podium:
1st Alicia Fillback
2nd Rachel Bruskoff
3rd Georga Bontorin
4th Carmen Shafer

Open podium: 1st Brandon Tissen 2nd Billy Meiners 3rd Louis Pilloni 4th A.J. Haiby

Open podium:
1st Brandon Tissen
2nd Billy Meiners
3rd Louis Pilloni
4th A.J. Haiby

Brandon tries to finish off the podium with a bomb drop.

Brandon tries to finish off the podium with a bomb drop.

Instead, it becomes a butt drop.

Instead, it becomes a butt drop.

The final award was the all around, which was awarded to Brandon Tissen. This is his third year winning the all around award.

Brandon Tissen is the 2014 King of Cathlamet

Brandon Tissen is the King of Cathlamet

Stay tuned for the next Skate Slate Longboarding Magazine for some of my most banging photos from the event, including a crazy flip crash that happened during the downhill race. Too see more photos from the event not shown above, here is a gallery:

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