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!