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State of the SL,UT 2.0

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The whole fam getting lit at the home hill. DT Photo.

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.

Euro SL,UTS

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:

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Knox Heslop photo.

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.

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‘T-Revvvvv’ and Riley Irvine captured on-board by Knox Heslop.

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.

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Knox Heslop photo.

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.

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Micah, Knox, and Trevor seeking words of encouragement. Riley Irvine photo.

Dropping above tree line and having more hairpins than most race tracks spotted below you. You couldn’t ask for more.

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Micah and Trevor weaving traffic at dusk. Knox Heslop photo.

 

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.

The Resort

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.

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Julia Barklow and Dylan Lee making ‘Waterfall’ their bitch. DT Photo.

As you can see, this hill is too steep to shuttle all day with a car you care about. Thank god for rental cars.

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Martin Mackey with another angle on ‘Waterfall’. DT Photo.

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As we all know, Micah G is in the place to be. DT Photo.

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Dylan Whittier hit the throttle too hard dropping in.

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.

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Noah Allred making the most of a sloshy day.

When he’s not having fun on a skateboard, Noah is a stoked face at Performance Longboarding, support your local shop! DT Photo.

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Riley Irvine blasting through the aspens. DT photo for Loaded Boards

 

Training Grounds

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.

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On-board shot of Doug doing some ‘speed yoga’. Knox Heslop photo.

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Matt Gibson Photography (MGP) is a lifestyle, really.

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If someone says ‘It’s lit fam’, this is what they are referring to. MGP photo.

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K-Ham has been bringing homies from the Loaded house out pretty frequently. MGP photo.

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.

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Example 1, skating together like two nuts in a sack. DT photo.

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Example 2. DT photo.

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Example 3, not many people drop thane like D-Hep. DT photo.

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Example 4 (last one). DT photo.

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.

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Riley and James D’Antuono dropping in. DT photo.

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Riley and Martin Mackey double-teaming ‘Reggies’. There are a few stylized posters of this left, hit us up if you want one.

In the last update we showed you guys how hard the grommets have been shredding lately, this didn’t stop until class started.

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Rogo (Roger Hernandez) keeping it 100. Knox Heslop photo.

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Gage Erckenbrack and Anthony Garcia taking a spotted dip. DT Photo

 

Iconic Terrain

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.

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Cedar Coleman giving Capitol Reef a shred. Katie Stephens photo.

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Micah with the funky line in some un-charted territory above the valley. DT photo.

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Riley Irvine barrelling through the fall colors on a realll sender bender. Dylan Lee photo.

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Alex McKenzie getting really high. DT photo.

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The crew pushing in for a dusky chunder-blast at the local ‘make-out point’. DT photo.

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Micah Green dropping into the ‘s-curve’, an asphalt sculpture most of us frequent during ski season. DT photo.

Amigos del Norte

Northern Utah Downhill “Bombing Highways, Sliding Driveways” since 2015

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Dylan Whittier and Chris Bland ripping a northern chunder bomb. Korby Beckstead photo.

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.

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Dyl Wit slides into the fisheye. Beau Durrant photo.

 

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Chris Bland racing the sunset into the horizon. Beau Durrant photo.

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Chris Bland and Noah Allred basking in the Tetons’ glory during a day trip. Matt Gibson photo.

Events

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.

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A tight pack navigating the Bloodspill swoopty. Beau Durrant photo.

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.

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Kalil leading his semi-finals pack into the first drifter (or gripper if you are a ham). Ben Udy photo.

Finals boiled down to Micheal Apgood, Kalil Hammouri, Logan Friday, and Doug Tolman. It was a tight finish with K-Ham taking the win.

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As always, the most important part is the buttboard race after the stand-up race. Beau Durrant photo.

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.

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Nothing beats a board-barrel in the finals. Ben Udy photo.

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!

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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.

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Dylan Hepworth showing off his craftsmanship

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!

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2016 State of the SL,UT Address

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.
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Recently returned Jon Whitehead leading Noah Allred through a cliff-hanger

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?

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Trevor Ovenden making his mark on a SL,UT classic

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.

Rastas

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.

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Kalil Hammouri, Camilo Cespedes, Dylan Whittier, Julia Barklow, and a lot of other homies bombing into the drop at Rasta

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Riley Irvine skating out the heinous bottom section

Racing

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.

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Knox smashing Killington’s 60+mph lefty. Restless Longboards Photo

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Ryan Vitale, Trevor Ovenden, and Connor Wagner doing the pre-Maryhill drag race. Micah Green photo

Winter Runs

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.

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Myself leading Bryce Brady, Drew Edwards, and Canan Page-Roca down a frigid run. Riley Irvine Photo

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Sean Woolery, Knox Heslop, and Tommy Watson on the primest of winter runs

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.

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Chris Bland and Dylan Whittier getting it in freezing temps. Beau Durrant photo

 

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Trevor Ovenden, myself, and Beau Durrant on a slippery dippery driveway. Micah Green photo

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Beau Durrant with a standard toeside on a standard hairpin. Brady Evans photo

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Micah Green and Trevor Ovendon leading the NUDists through a familiar northern run

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Myself, Trevor Ovenden, and Beau Durrant on a very swift ski resort road. Micah Green photo

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.

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Riley Irvine and James D’Antuono rallying in the red rocks

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James apexing a super-switchback

 

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Micheal Apgood about to drop into a 70mph straight on another ski resort road. Tommy Watson photo

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.

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Scott Merkley with the eyes on the apex

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Roger Hernandez with a steezy drift in a fast kink

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Knox Heslop toeside on a freshy access road. Charlie Davidson photo

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Micheal Apgood celebrating the full moon

 

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.

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Dyl Hep getting a switch follow run with Alex Fishburn

Dawn Patrol

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.

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Noah Allred, Dylan Hepworth, Roger Hernandez, Anthony Garcia, Eli Quackenbush, and Matt Gibson making the skate-gods proud. Micah Green photo.

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Bryce Brady and Riley Irvine taking the corner dubbed ‘Highsider’

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Ever-stoked Noah Allred giving ‘Lookout’ the line

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Myself leading Bryce Brady and Riley Irvine down Cowboy Trail. Alex Fishburn photo

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Riley Irvine and Micah Green squatting into Reggie’s Right

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

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Speedy Southern Session

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.

Riley chasing Anthony and Eli down Cowboy Trail

Daltonic staying low

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).

Riley riding the wave

Standard squatter into the apex

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.

Synchronized sliding through a switchback. Dylan Lee photo.

Myself and Riley synchronized sliding through a switchback.
Dylan Lee photo.

Welcome to Rasta Mountain

A hairy line through the bottom section

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.

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SL,UT Feature: Andrew Baird

Andrew Baird

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.

The only one at EK’s Skater-Q who would send the roller like this, he paid the price with a few hard slams.

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…).

The photo that epitomizes SL,UT City Skating to me (Note Jake lurking and stunting in his rasta t). Again, note the setup: Evo with Rogues and Cadillacs. Really good for boneless’s.

Leading Micah G through the maze of trails in Farmville. Last I checked he had this shot on his debit card.

Steezing down backside of Cowboy Trail

Popping into the daylight

A shady toeside on Gnarnia(RIP) circa 2012

Skate everything.

Gnarnia(RIP) gif. The smile in the last frame makes it a winner.

This comment explains a lot.

This comment explains a lot.

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.

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Rumble At the Ranch

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.