The Maryhill Freeride is what skateboarding is about. Endless skating with friends at a timeless location. It may not be the most intense hill, but when you throw 100 plus skater down at once your heart is sure to start beating fast. Being the stand up guy he is, King Maryhill Rat, Dean Ozuna, took the surplus cash from the event and put it towards helicopter flight time. It’s nice to see an event at Maryhill where the event perks grow with the rising number of skaters. Special thanks to Dean Ozuna, the Maryhill Ratz, and Larson Heli-Ops for making this great event possible. To read more about the Maryhill Freeride but sure to check out Wheelbase’s Whirly Bird Flies article and SkateHouseMedia for the extended video.
Posted In Events by admin Tuesday, May 31, 2011
The week long festivities of The Attack of Danger Bay has finally come to an end after ten days and three races. The Sector 9 team put in a strong showing with a 2nd and 5th place finish at Danger Bay, 3rd at Jake's Rash and 4th and 8th at the Britannia Classic.This is what a trailer of 10 skater's gear looks like. The Canadian weather did it's best to hold the rain from pouring down, giving us 2 out of 3 dry races, but at Jake's Rash the clouds opened up putting puddles on the course. The finals were extremely tight with the rain pouring harder than before. Jacko stays in the draft for a pass. Jackson didn't let the rain slow him down and he worked his way to a 3rd place finish. A little bit of moisture in the air didn't keep scare away any of the hard core skaters. Ozzies Gabe and Jacko holding down the tent at Gold Rush. George Mackenize took 4th and Louis Pilloni 8th at the Britannia Classic. Here's Louis leading the consolation finals before finding the hay bails. You know you got a gem when you find a spot like this. Dave sipping on some coffee on the 20 hour drive home.
Canada's longest standing downhill race, The Attack of Danger Bay, had it's 10th year this past weekend as over 200 racers battled it out. Congratulations to S9's Jackson Shapiera and Scott Smith for taking 2nd and 5th place.Jacko with his silver medal and cash prize. Scoot fought his way to the consolation final to take 5th place in his hometown of Pender Harbor. Ripping threw the infamous 'Carnage Corner'. At Jackson's first Danger Bay, he had to be airlifted out after crashing in this turn. At the campfire relaxing after a day of racing.
Posted In Sector 9 - Downhill Division by admin Thursday, May 19, 2011
At the conclusion of Ditch Slap, the truck was packed and it was off the Atomic Bomb in Los Alamos, New Mexico. The course was fast with a top speed of 55mph along with hard sweeping turns where it was a challenge to maintain grip and control on the tar snaked road. James Kelly and George Mackenize held it down for the crew taking home 2nd and 7th. After the award ceremony it was back in the truck for a 16 hour overnight haul back to LA. Then the crew sucked it up and jumped right into Andrew Mercado's Gullwing Van that morning to head up to Vancouver, Canada for the 10th annual Danger Bay event. Even though we have to make good time up to Canada, parks and roads are being skated all the way there.
Victor checking out the road before the decent down Mt. Shasta. Photo: James Kelly
Posted In Sector 9 - Downhill Division by admin Friday, May 13, 2011
Words by Sector 9 Rider, Jackson Shapiera:
Racing in the Tropics, great people, great weather, cheap beer, what more could you ask for?
On Saturday we attended the big race, the Sublic Flash Pizzaz. Riders from all over the country gathered together to hang out and skate, and also take a shot at winning the big race. The hill itself was a drafting racing, it has long straights and fast sweeping turns that really made each rider think about what position they were sitting in to make use of the draft and move on to the next round. Sandbagging was the name of the game. After a few practice runs everyone started to figure out the drafting game, and became aware of their opponents weaknesses and strengths on the track. The larger, heaver riders were reeling in the people who pushed off hard, and most of their passing was done through the middle section of the track, which had less gradient than the rest and allowed for distance to be gained on other riders. As more of the riders became aware of this they started to use tactics right from the push, making sure they were in the position they wanted to be to use the draft at the right time to not get drafted back and lose. It was really cool we see everyone figure out this style of racing and really just dial it in!
I had some really good heats, skating with Gerrard, Kiko, Pauolo, Jay, Arthur and Sherwin. Those guys were really stepping it up. Gerrard is just fast, straight up. Hes got a solid push and know how to race, so coming up against him in heats always made me think hard about how i would get to the bottom first. Kiko, Paulo, Arther and Jay were also very solid riders, they got the drafting styles down and figured out how to keep on advancing. But the big stand out was Sherwin. I met him the other night at some small skate jam, he was just chilling, having a good time, and then during the race i watch him smoke past Gerrard at the finish line in one of the heats. Where did that guy come from?! Was really cool to see him step it up and show the rest that he's another major player in the game. The stoke smeared across his face was just rad, he felt like he achieved something solid. He eventually made the finals and took 4th spot, so stoked to see him do well!
In the end it was me on the line with Gerrard, Paulo and Sherwin. Usually Gerrard kicks off like an animal, but in this heat he was playing games. I found myself in the lead from the start, right where i did not want to be. I knew there were 3 fast riders behind me sucking in my draft, so i had to think quick to shake them off. My game was to ride as close to the edge of the road i could. My wheels were nearly sticking in the gutter. This is a trick i learned from Fredrick Lindstrom while riding with him in Europe. He knew someone was behind him sucking in the draft, so the trick was to make them scared to be directly behind you, ride through the crap or get close to the edge of the road where it becomes scary to follow. This tactic worked well because when i got 3/4 down the track i took a little peep back and saw the other 3 far behind, fighting for 2nd place.
That night there was a big ceremony with a huge crowd and live music. I was awarded 20,000 pesos for first place, and with beer only 35 pesos each (less than 50cents) it was very easy to make sure that everyone had a beer in their hand at all times, all the way to sunrise. This was definitely an event to remember and will be back here next time to race and hang out again for sure.
Posted In Sector 9 - Downhill Division by admin Friday, May 13, 2011
The road trip continues as Louis Pilloni, George Mackenzie, Gabe Gwynee, James Kelly and Marcus Bandy trek down to Albuquerque, New Mexico for the annual Ditch Slap. Here are some quick pictures to show some of the action: Yes that is a mullet and yes they are heading to Albuquerque Crashing out on the ramp at Timeship Racing Wake n' Skate Session Riders' Meeting Dave with a Boneless 360 Crunchy Dave about to soften up the concrete Safety Meeting About to take another run down a timeless ditch Typical hotel room organization Packed up and on the road again for the Atomic Bomb Downhill Race
Louis straps on the mic, his gloves, his helmet, a cheesy announcer voice, and talks you through his run. Narrow roads, rocks, cracks, and jumping cars, check it!
Posted In Sector 9 - Downhill Division by admin Tuesday, May 10, 2011
The Sector 9 downhill crew was at the 2011 Buffalo Bill Downhill when a helicopter crash landed on the course ending the race. Luckily, no one was hurt in this accident.It may have ended the race but the after-party went on without delay. Packing up the truck and heading south to Albuquerque, New Mexico for Ditch Slap.