King of the Mountain Downhill – Oct 26 & 27

The 2nd annual King of the Mountain downhill race is going down on October 26th and 27th at the Camp Fortune Ski Resort in Old Chelsea, Quebec (that’s Canada for those of you who didn’t pass geography). This 2 day event is fully sanctioned on a gnarly closed road and includes free camping as well as access to the mini ramp, so it should be well worth your trip if you can swing it!

King of the Mountain Downhill

The Course

The course is on the access road to the Camp Fortune Ski Resort in Old Chelsea, Quebec. Joey Bidner, the event organizer, says speeds average around 70 kmh, or 43 mph for most of the half-mile long course. It features some tight sweeper turns but doesn’t require any drifting, meaning you should see some fast and tight racing the entire time.

Joey also says that because the road is usually super busy there’s no real ‘home field advantage’ for local skaters, meaning almost everyone will be on a level playing field to start with on the first day of practice runs.

Registration

It’s 80 Canadian Dollars (77.60 United States Dollars) to race both days, or $60 CDA ($58.17 USD) to freeride, which gives you access to the hill with rides up to the top. You can REGISTER HERE. There are 140 spots total for the Open Class, and 60 spots total for the Amateur Class, which will make for some pretty epic racing all around!

Camping is provided in the cost of registration, with showers, changing rooms, etc for your convenience. There’s also a mini ramp to skate when you’re feeling like a change of pace from the hill. Epic.

Race Format and Schedule

Day 1, October 26th will be for practice and qualifying races. Qualifying races will be run in predetermined, randomized heats of 4 with riders scoring points each round. This will determine the bracket for the elimination rounds taking place on October 27th.

Day 1 – October 26th
Registration: 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Practice: 11:00 AM-1:00 PM
First qualifier run: 1:00 PM-2:00 PM
Lunch: 2:00 PM-2:30PM
qualifiers: 2:30 PM-5:00 PM
Dinner:  5:00 PM
Mini-Ramp Jam- 7:00 PM
After Party 9:00PM-1:00 AM

Day 2 – Oct 27th
Practice: 9:00 AM-10:00 AM
Eliminations & Finals (also more qualifiers if needed): 11:00 AM-5:00 PM
Awards: 6:00 PM

Check out the official Facebook Event for any last-minute updates or changes and make sure to RSVP if you’re going. Canada came out to a bunch of our East Coast races this year and even cleaned up at a couple of them, so it you can make it, get up there and open a can of east coast American whoop ass haha! This event should be pretty killer.

Other Sports: 34 MPH in a KAYAK!

YOU’VE GOT TO SEE THIS VIDEO! It features one of the most fun looking rides I’ve ever seen.

Kayaker Ben Marr takes us inside the legendary concrete drainage in British Columbia, Canada that leads into Lions Bay, known as the Lions Bay Stout Slide.

It was filmed on his GoPro and features some shots from his helmet cam, which make things look like warp speed, as well as other riders and a backwards facing cam so you can get some good perspective.

I’ll include Benny’s text that was captioned on the video below:

The Lions Bay Slide is such a good time! Heading back to work after a glorious september, stoked to be posting up footage and photos from the 2013 season! GoPro

What’s super gnarly is how fast they hit the bay at, and how their boats react to it when they launch into the water. Check it out and let us know what you think in the comments.

I don’t know about you, but this makes me want to get a kayak and head to BC!

Toronto Board Meeting 2012

Last Saturday Waaaayyyy back at the beginning of September, nearly 1,200 people gathered in Toronto to attend the tenth annual Board Meeting. For those of you that aren’t familiar, Board Meeting is unlike many of the other mass-rider pushes through major cities because it’s not a race. Unlike the Broadway Bomb, Shoekill, South Beach Bomb and many others, the Board Meeting is a gathering of skaters to celebrate just that: skating. Riders all dress in button-down shirts and ties (usually white) in a tradition that dates back to the first Board Meeting. Originally Board Meeting was meant to not only celebrate skating and the skate culture, but also raise awareness about pushing to work, while also mocking Toronto’s business culture.

Last year’s Board Meeting brought about 900 racers from across Canada and different parts of the world to take place and this year was no different. Despite some whack weather forecasts and morning drizzle skaters came out in numbers to this years Board Meeting to skate together. All in all it ended up being around 1,200 people from what we’ve heard and could tell. Cops were super cool and worked with us to shut streets down, and big names like fellow east coaster Brian “I’m A Street In Toronto” Peck, Patrick Switzer, Mike Girard, and Anthony Flis came in from far while locals like Matt “McLovin” Livingston and John Barnett helped lead the pack and keep things moving.

I’m going to wrap this post up quickly, since I started writing it over a month ago and really just want to have SOME record of Board Meeting 2012 on the site despite the fact that I never fully finished my write-up of it, nor did I get to Slide Fu 2012. That’ll all have to come another day…All in all Board Meeting 2012 was super super fun and was an awesome gathering of skaters from all over. I had an absolute blast and was super super impressed, as well as super jealous, by the scene that Toronto has going on. Shout outs to Loaded’s Cindy Zhou for hosting me for the weekend and the whole Skate Invaders crew for showing us whats up.

Peep the album below that I took on my iPhone for some of the action from the event.