After 3 long years of waiting, and a little help from riders and industry alike, Almabtrieb is back and ready to run. Louis Pilloni, Micah Green, and Brendan Davidson have landed in Germany and are stuffed in a Euro van with friends and teammates James Kelly, Alex Persson, and Max Ballesteros. Don’t miss the crew rolling across Europe and coming to you live from InstaBlogFace for the next 4 weeks.
Last weekend Sector 9 Skateboards, in association with the Ian Tilmann Foundation, took advantage of International Go skateboarding Day to kick-off the inaugural Angie’s Curves race, set in beautiful Pala, California. The course was immaculate, but not to be out done by the amazing valley views from the top of the course where spectators could see 90% of the race track and the action. Angie’s Curves is a certified event on the International Downhill Federation’s pro circuit and set the precedent for all other races to come. The race was a three day event that started on Friday, June 21st with practice runs for all riders in competition. It was clear from day one that Angie’s Curves would provide one of the fastest, most challenging, and strategically demanding courses to date. All of the riders agreed and embraced the challenge to come. The day ended with staff and competitors leaving the hill and heading back to the campground on Lake Henshaw. A performance stage set up in the middle of the campsite for Sector 9 Rock Team favorites Low Volts and Blackout Party to rage on throughout the night. The downhill family was strong as riders exchanged stories and strategies over some cold beverages and great music!
Day two kicked off early in the morning with all of the riders eager to get out on the hill and start shaving seconds off their times. It was a hot day out on the course and the riding was even hotter! Time trials for all three divisions ran exceptionally smooth throughout most of the day with minimal crashes and few minor injuries. At mid-day there was a break for the riders and event staff to enjoy some tasty Wahoo’s tacos and gear up on any Sector 9, Gullwing, or RAD equipment they may have needed. At the end of the day the top 10 fastest times from each division were matched up in a time-trial shootout for $1000. Day 2 ended with the Gullwing Team invading and taking over the Pala Skate Park for the Gullwing Death Race. Anyone who was not too tired or broke off from the day’s heats was invited to participate in the coned-off speed run through the concrete bowl. After the Death Race everyone headed back to the campsite for a mellow night in preparation for the semis and finals. Pre-race superstitions were in the air…
Day three again started bright and early with an intense, focused attitude from everyone to riders, staff, and the many spectators that made their way out to this amazing venue. With the seeding complete and the heat draws set, everyone was excited for the race to start. The heats were extremely competitive with everyone leaving it all out on the pavement. Technical drifting and speed control was a must on the top of the hill while speeds then hit 60+ MPH through the chicane; the fastest part of the course. The finals came down to Sector 9 riders Ricardo Reis and Chance Gaul, as well as Arbor riders James Kelly, and Duke Degen. James Kelly ended up claiming victory with the fastest time of 1:50.404. Duke Degen took 2nd and Ricardo Reis came in 3rd.
Angie’s Curves lived up to their reputation and set the bar for all other races to come. A huge thanks goes out to The Ian Tillmann Foundation, Sector 9 Skateboards, Gullwing Truck Co., RAD Wheels, Paradox Grip, MuirSkate, Wahoo’s Fish Tacos, all of our volunteer event staff, and of course Angie! Also a big shout out to Louis Pilloni and Jeff Budro for making this event run as smoothly as it did! Hope to see you all out there next year!
On the way back from Newton’s Nation Matt Kienzle, Erik Lundberg, and James Kelly made an executive decision and stopped off in Hawaii to hang with Ethan Lau for a few days. Tropical hideouts, jungles roads, and plenty of good Hawaiian vibes; we are surprised they ever left!
The Downhill Division took Calgary by storm for the 2012 IGSA World Championships at Winsport. Our band of hooligans didn’t pull out the win, but they sure won the party! High-Fives to Daniel Luna, Louis Pilloni, Chance Gaul, Jeff Budro, Matt Kienzle, and thanks to Gabe Gwynne and Jackson Shapiera for the film/edit.
Whistler is a beautiful place with amazing roads to skate. Once a year the city shuts down one of the best and hosts the Whistler Longboard Festival. Louis Pilloni, Jeff Budro, Chance Gaul, Daniel Luna, Matt Kienzle, and Ozzy Gabe headed up to the land of Maple and laid down some fast times. Rain or Shine these guys were skating!
We sent Louis Pilloni and Arbor’s James Kelly to a downhill jam in El Salvador over the weekend. Big thanks to the boys of Back to Play Sports who took care of Lou and James. Here’s the boys kickin it with some local crew.
Louis Pilloni, James Kelly, and director Marc McCrudden attended the X-Dance Film Festival last week in Salt Lake City, UT for the showing of ‘DROP’. The film was accepted into the festival and later nominated for “Best Cinematography”.
Louis and James trying to look like they have done this before… Congrats Boys!
At the conclusion of Ditch Slap, the truck was packed and it was off the Atomic Bomb in Los Alamos, New Mexico. The course was fast with a top speed of 55mph along with hard sweeping turns where it was a challenge to maintain grip and control on the tar snaked road. James Kelly and George Mackenize held it down for the crew taking home 2nd and 7th. After the award ceremony it was back in the truck for a 16 hour overnight haul back to LA. Then the crew sucked it up and jumped right into Andrew Mercado’s Gullwing Van that morning to head up to Vancouver, Canada for the 10th annual Danger Bay event. Even though we have to make good time up to Canada, parks and roads are being skated all the way there.
Victor checking out the road before the decent down Mt. Shasta. Photo: James Kelly