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Fall has officially begun, but for most snowboarders, the snow can't come fast enough. Even though the lifts don't start turning for another few weeks, you can rest easy knowing that there are plenty of pre-season events going down to satiate your appetite for the shred.
Downtown Throwdown ~ Seattle, Washington
Saturday, Oct. 9
|Forest Bailey at the Downtown Throwdown.|
Nick Visconti, who won in 2009, echoes this sentiment. "I love this event because it epitomizes the idea of core snowboarding and is built on the foundation of love for snowboarding. I am excited to go every year."
Forest Bailey, Johnny Lazzareschi, Austen Sweetin, and Jess Kimura will be competing, along with 21 other riders who are "carrying the torch for urban snowboarding," says Kulesza. Shreds like Scott Stevens and Austin Hironaka, who spend more time filming than competing, still come back to this event each year, which is the most solid endorsement a contest can ask for.
|Josh Zerkel, Motown Throwdown|
This contest is unique: legitimate rail trickery as well as dudes in cowboy hats equally rile up the crowd, and the excitement is infectious. Says Forest Bailey, who competed two seasons ago, "the college atmosphere was fun, because kids were going crazy during the contest." This year the event grows, adding a concert featuring Mix Master Mike. Throw in that it's Halloween weekend and Morgantown's University of West Virginia is the number four party school in the U.S., and you can expect wild southern-style antics all evening long.
|Shaun Murphy, Queen City Sessions|
Expect to see up and coming riders who, although you may not recognize their names yet, will become familiar faces over the next few years. Mike Ravelson, Shaun Murphy, Hans Mindnich, and Ty Walker are on the invite list. IJC certified judges, a concert featuring DJ crew, Bonjour-Hi, and a video contest for aspiring filmers, round out the list of reasons why Queen City is a must-see in the Northeast.
|Unknown shredder at the Backyard Bang|
The contest is set downtown next to The Art Institute of Colorado, and Salomon teams up with the Institute to put on an art show and charity auction. Says Rhoe, "you can literally go from looking at art on snowboards, to watching the rail jam, to partying at an old church converted into a nightclub." There's definitely something for everyone.