Awesome racing at Mahackamack 400 and Killington Downhill Throwdown

Mahackamack 400

I was thrilled to make it into the final at Mahackamack this year. Leading until the final stretch, I ended up finishing 3rd after a fall that took me down along with Thiago Lessa from Brazil. Congratulations to last years World Champion Carlos Paixao from Brazil who then took the lead and the win. It was incredible to be racing with these guys in the final during my first season of men’s open. I’m looking forward to more of it!

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Pretty stoked on my first men’s open IDF podium finish for the 2016 season.

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You can read the full race report from Mahackamack here, along with all the podium results. Thanks to race organizers and title sponsor Original Skateboards for organizing an awesome event.

Downhill Throwdown at Killington

While many of the racers at Mahackamack traveled directly to Killington Vermont, I hopped a plane back to Vancouver BC for my high school graduation in between events, and returned just in time to hit late afternoon of practice day at Killington. It was a tiring schedule, but I turned in a solid 12th place qualifying time. I had an unfortunate fall in the last corner during this competitive heat and ended up not advancing. This course is crazy fast. I clocked in at 67mph (107 km/hr) on the radar gun right before that final corner.

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Still, pretty stoked on the weekend of racing and time with the homies! Thanks to Marc Dean for putting on these two great IDF race events again this year. And thanks again to my sponsors Original Skateboards, These Wheels and Aera Trucks for supporting me attending these events. Looking forward to Showdown at the Loops at Maryhill this coming week, when the IDF North American circuit moves to Oregon on the West Coast. Then it’s back to my home province of British Columbia for the Whistler Longboard Festival.

 

Danger Bay 15 and Britannia Classic 2016 a wrap!

Danger Bay 15

I had an awesome couple of weekends skating and racing recently. Danger Bay 15 was a blast with really tight racing into the final round.

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Things got so tense in the semi-final, that they had to re run it to determine the final two to go through to the final. K-Rimes finished first in the semi, but with three of us in a virtual tie for second, we set off for a final bid into the final. I was in the lead heading into “crash corner” with the finish line in sight, but unfortunately, crash corner ended up getting the best of me and I hit the bales! You can watch that epic action here:

I ended up finishing 3rd in my consi final, and 7th overall. Overall, I was pretty pleased from a field of over 200 skaters from around the world. You can read more about it in the Coast Reporter here. Congrats to K-Rimes for winning Danger Bay the 4th consecutive year!

 

Britannia Classic 2016

The Britannia Classic went down two weekends later. This is always a well organized and fun event put on by Lee Cation, and this year didn’t disappoint, although the weather brought out the rain wheels during the final race day. Fortunately it dried up for the final, but I had been knocked out in quarters while the road was still pretty wet. Just couldn’t hold it together on the slippery conditions this year! You can read about the event in the Squamish Chief here. Congrats to Adam Persson on the win this year!

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