This year’s King of Clermont event went down this past weekend in Clermont, Florida, a longboarding haven just north of Orlando where Floridians gather for some downhill action. Being Florida’s only real downhill event of the year, it attracts skaters from all over the state as well as up and down the East Coast. It’s a prime spot for riders looking to get out of the cold and into the sun to kick the season off right. Fortunately for us the Bustin’ Boards Crew packed their bags once again and headed down to the race, giving us an idea of what was going down despite the fact that we couldn’t be there to give you some on-site coverage.
From photos and video I’ve seen so far the event looks like it had a HUGE turnout, not just from riders but spectators, too! Both the slide jam and downhill event looked like they had some gnarly skating, with Original’s Brian Bishop tearing up the slide jam’s kicker and the Bustin’ Boards crew taking 4 of the top 6 spots in the downhill race — talk about domination!
Open Downhill Podium:
- José Guzman
- Jorge Garcia
- Drewski Mercado
- William Royce
Bustin’s Jonas Richter came in 5th place for the downhill event and also took first for the “Kick the Can”, the longest slide competition held at the slide jam. Sarah Paulshock took 2nd in the women’s downhill and 3rd in the freeride (waiting to hear the full women’s results).
While nothing can compete with actually being there, Duval Board Company and Duval Wheels released a pretty sweet edit showcasing all of the gnar that went down along with another edit showing some of the better bails that happened. I’ve posted them both below so you can get the full experience: