Take a fun Dawn Patrol run with the boys Doug Tolman, Riley Irvine, and Eli Quackenbush.
Words and Photos by Doug Tolman
It’s no secret that Nor-Am events are few and far between these days. Insurance, hay bales and timing systems are all expenses preventing peeps from hosting ‘legitimate’ events. There are a few rad freeride events like Giant’s Head and KNK going down, but it’s apparent that a lot of destination-skating has migrated away from the race scene. By no means does that imply the heavy pack skating has stopped, now it’s just under the radar. As shown in a few previous articles, the best downhill skaters in the west have been stopping by our local slab of pavement for some steep skids and heavy hits.
I thought I’d lost a good chunk of the photos from one particularly deep session last month, but recently the skate gods blessed me with a treasure greater than the outcome of any train-robbery. Here are the goods.
With the ski resorts getting dumped on as I type this, Rasta Resort probably is too. So long for now, best in the west.
Words by Doug Tolman and Micah Green. Images by various talented sl,uts and may be used for personal social media, contact us for any commercial/marketing use or prints.
2 months ago we posted an article about the state of skate in Salt Lake, Utah. TL;DR the local community was still going strong despite claims the downhill skate industry had tanked. Read the whole thing and see more dank shots here
Now that summer has come and gone, our traveling racers are back home and our groms are sitting in class dreaming of thane lines. The industry wave seems to be back on the up, and the stoke is still high.
This year Micah, Knox, Trevor, and Riley flew out of SLC to spend a month in Europe racing and freeriding. Riley set the track record for Almabtrieb, Knox topped the Kozakov Juniors podium, and two weeks were spent skating and discovering some of the best roads this universe has to offer. Here is Micah’s take on the goods:
There’s something about tunnels that just encourages you to go full send. They get you saying in your head “Oooh bitch I’m gonna tuck through you so fast.” But they’re also scary. There is much less wind resistance, and the light contrast is blinding. If you’re in a tunnel long enough you become disoriented and desensitized to speed. It’s actually one of the best feelings on a skateboard ever.
Basically everywhere in Europe that was dank seemed to be under heavy rain. For days too. We’d backtrack for hours across multiple borders just for a dry hill. After skating all day and checking our road/weather options, we’d often arrive at at the next spot late into the night.
This road is a novelty. It’s super cool to say you’ve done it, but the effort to get down in one piece almost outweighs the fun. You gotta be kinda sick to enjoy this. It’s too fast on narrow straights into blind shutdown hairpins with varying pavement and lots of traffic. I challenge you to got find out for yourself.
Dropping above tree line and having more hairpins than most race tracks spotted below you. You couldn’t ask for more.
Be prepared for traffic. You can’t flinch when you have a tour bus hanging over your apex. It’s common for sports cars and bikes to be ripping these roads harder than you, so you gotta be on point with your drifts and just go with the flow.
As with every summer, the thought of real BIG mountain skating draws veterans and groms alike to the Rasta Resort. A whole mountain to yourself, complete with camping, a river to cool the beer, and a steep slab of tarmac to shred. This ghost-town of a pass is not for the faint of heart. Once you’ve been taken there by the locals(the only way), it’s difficult to ignore the urge to go. Even with the racers in Europe for a month, we snagged a couple solid camp sessions finished off by hot-spring soaks on the drive home.
As you can see, this hill is too steep to shuttle all day with a car you care about. Thank god for rental cars.
Dyl-Lit is one of few to feel the wrath of deathwobbing at 60mph. Note Dylan Lee utilizing his Race 401 first aid-kit. Race 401 also makes the thickest pucks in the game, designed specifically for this hill. Peep his website race401.com for the goods.
When he’s not having fun on a skateboard, Noah is a stoked face at Performance Longboarding, support your local shop! DT Photo.
There really isn’t a better way to wake up than skating a flowy mountain road with your friends. Whether you think of it as speed yoga, or “fucking gnarly brahhh”, it will put you in a great mood. That’s why we have a solid crew shredding Cowboy Trail almost every morning of the week.
The boys Noah Allred and Dylan Hepworth seem to come as a package deal to dawn patrol, here is a mini-series dedicated to their steeze-filled bromance.
Though he missed a month of sessions while traveling Europe, reigning Cowboy Trail Outlaw Champ Riley Irvine still has the most dialed line on the hill.
In the last update we showed you guys how hard the grommets have been shredding lately, this didn’t stop until class started.
There is no doubt that Utah has some unbelievably beautiful scenery. Every now and then a road traverses through these iconic venues, begging for the traveling skater to take a quick rip. If you are passing through with a board, you have no excuse to deny your roots.
Amigos del Norte
Northern Utah Downhill “Bombing Highways, Sliding Driveways” since 2015
Our brethren to the north, the ‘NÜDISTS’ are releasing a feature length film this winter, look forward to some first descents and some iconic terrain.
The driveway runs are RILL in the mountain valleys of Northern Utah. Here are a few examples.
To keep a scene healthy, it is important to have events where all skill levels can participate. It breeds progression for all, and is a lot of fun. Lately the Utah DH scene has been getting big on the pathway races. They are easy to ‘sanction’, fun for all levels of riders, and let you practice race lines on a closed course.
During July, Noah Allred held another installment of the Bloodspill Deathmatch series. This is a semi-outlaw pathway race held a few times every year in Highland. The course is really technical and only a short walk, making it ideal for tight racing.
Finals boiled down to Micheal Apgood, Kalil Hammouri, Logan Friday, and Doug Tolman. It was a tight finish with K-Ham taking the win.
Similarly in August, student of the world Dagan Kay held the first Millennium Downhill Race in Park City. He went the whole mile to okay everything with the city and obtain insurance. This course was a bit longer and more drafty than the Bloodspill, but tight lines were still required to edge out the competition.
After battling his way through the loser bracket, Bryce snagged first with Micah, Riley, and Noah finishing out the finals. This event was a blast, and in a beautiful spot. Hopefully there are many more to come when Dagan returns from Austria!
As an extension of this unofficial path race series, we will be teaming up with Zealous and other local sponsors to host the 6th Daybreak Downhill in South Jordan. The event will be October 8, 2016 featuring Downhill, Boardercross, and Slalom racing. More info on the Facebook.
Lately it’s become prominent we have a log of artistic talent in the Utah scene. Check back for details on the ‘SKRRRT Show’ at Performance this winter. We’ll be showcasing films, photographs(#mgp), board-art, and more creative work by local shredders.
Aaaand that’s a wrap for this edition of State of the SL,UT, stay stoked and tuned for more exclusive updates on the downhill skate scene in Salt Lake City. Go skate!
Words and photos by Doug Tolman (@avant_gnar) unless otherwise stated. Images may be used for personal social media, contact us for any commercial/marketing use or prints.
If you’re involved in the downhill skateboarding community, you know how strange the last 6 months have been. Set-ups that costed $300 of mommy and daddy’s skrilla are going for $75 on buy-sell-trade pages, shredders who used to get boxes of wheels every month are scrounging through old scrubs, and races that used to sell out 300 spots in 3 minutes have only 80 people registering. Times have changed, huh?
Though times seem dark, what’s left is a group of core skaters who are truly skating down hills for the love of it. Never before has there been so much fun and progression at sessions.
Rather than paying $275 for a packed Uhaul and mediocre race track, there are fat multi-day sessions happening on premium hills like our own Rasta Resort. People are coming from all over Utah and even out of state to get a taste of this tantalizing pavement, and they definitely aren’t alone.
Quantity of Utahns racing may be down, but quality of their racing definitely isn’t! Out west at the Catalina Island Classic, Micah Green took the win and Riley Irvine snagged a solid fourth.
Check out Skate[Slate]‘s Raw Run of the finals
More recently, youngin Knox Heslop topped the Junior podium on the East Coast at Killington.
As we all know, Utah is not the best place to skate down hills for 3 months a year. With most of us working ski-resort jobs, why freeze your ass off on a neighborhood run when you can freeze your ass off in a forest of fresh pow? Even with that in mind, sometimes the urge to mob a neighborhood run with a pack prevails.
Northern Utah Downhill
Up north we have the NÜD Crew going ham on some classics, as well as some new-new. They can definitely attest, sometimes that squiggle on Google Maps actually IS paved, and a killer run at that.
The Speedy South
This skate and explore mentality has also worked on the southern side of the state. Using Rasta Resort as a base-camp, we were able to branch out to some very fast, fresh and scenic runs.
Groms Making Moves
More local to SL,UT is the Nugget Patrol Crew who are all stepping it up to the big boy hills. These guys (mostly grommets) all learned how to do triple digit skids on the steep neighborhood slopes. They are finally making it to the twisty mountain runs, and fucking killing it without a doubt.
Not to mention these kids don’t like putting their hands down, with guys like Dylan Hepworth hitting switch stand-up runs as quick as most with their hand down in normal stance.
Attendance at AM sessions the last couple years has been pretty weak, but the recent addition of these young-guns has greatly improved moral and quality of skating. Pack runs on Cowboy Trail are deeper, tighter, and faster than ever.
This apparent skate recession seems bad when blabbing about it at the top of the hill, but is it really? From what I can tell the group of skaters left mobbing hills in Utah is pushing more limits and having more fun than ever. Happy go skate day, if you haven’t already, go get some with the homies!
-Doug Tolman and the rest of the crew at SL,UT City Skating
Words and photos by Doug Tolman
Fall in the air, fresh pavement under your wheels, yellow leaves flying by at 70mph. Pure bliss.
The wave of skate stoke has its ups and downs, sometimes organizing a session is harder than the skating that happens in it. This year the skate gods have blessed us with many fresh roads in the great salty state, so Riley and myself ventured south this week to skate the dankest of danks. Here is a recap to remind you all how rad our state is and to go git sum before it is all covered in snow.
Session started out with a little camping and dawn patrol on the home hill, good warm-up for the terrain to come.
After a solid morning of skating we split from the crew and headed south for the uncharted goods. Riley’s first descent on this freshly paved highway bomb clocked at 69mph from my speedometer, safe to say the following runs only got faster (see video).
After exploring exactly how much adrenaline one can handle while still holding their shit down, we ventured next door to the Rasta Resort where we met up with Dylan.
Though numbers were small, skating was heavy. Look forward to some more media from more field trips, now go skate through some pretty fall trees.
“Life is like a box of protos, you never know what you’re gonna get”
Knox Heslop just dropped some bangers in his 2nd Rasta Resort raw run. Peep.
Words and photos by Doug Tolman
Andy has been mobbing hills and doing big slides since before you bought your first Tan Tien. He has the undeniable ability to not skate for 6 months, then show up to a session and show everyone else up. Here is a look-back at some of the content I have of Andy since I started following him around taking photos in 2012, just to prove he has always been better than you.
Andy also has a thing for dedicating his whole life to one board for a whole year, then completely changing his mind and riding something totally different (Note the Peacemaker, Evo, Dubler, etc…).
This dude has been a staple in our scene for years, skating everything from hills to parks to dirt roads, and always with a smile on his face, thanks Andy!
And last but not least, a flowy raw run down a rough road.
Our gross may not like going fast or putting a hand down, but they do know how to make janky edits of big standup slides. Watch this little vid from some little sl,uts
Y’all might have heard of a little race in California put on by Riviera skateboards last month called Rumble At The Ranch. You may have also heard that a few SL,UT locals Micah Green and Kalil Hammouri went down to race it. Even though the actual race happened in December, the race heats have been sequentially released throughout the last few weeks, check out the Rumble’s website to watch. Each day we’ve been checking back to see how SL,UT has held up, with Kalil making it to the second round, and Micah beating out big names like Zak Maytum, Max Ballesteros, and AJ Haiby to make it into the finals which will be showing tomorrow (1/25). Watch this latest video of his semi-finals heat and stay stoked for his heat against our Rad-Train compadre Jimmy Riha.