My first boarder cross race I experienced was the Cathlamet Downhill Corral in 2011. CDC includes multiple events over a span of 3 days in the small river town of Cathlamet, WA near Longview, WA. The boarder cross race was headed by the Maryhill Freeride organizer Dean Ozuna. And was the first of its kind in the NW and possible all of North America in 2011. It offered a short and sweet 4 man rally down a steep and rough road with wooden banks and a 5 foot high kicker with landing ramp. There were over a hundred plus riders present for the many events Cathlamet offered and mostly DH riders there for the main downhill event. However after getting a look at this course many riders decided not to try it and became spectators. Only 24 of the best all-around skaters entered and actually raced in 4 man heats down it. My goal was to be one of the very few to compete in all of the events. So I couldn't stop now after doing the push race and all of the slalom races. The gnar factor was very high so I was hesitant at first but I put my gear on and went for it. It was amazing every time I cleared and landed the big air, so much fun, and very exciting to be in the air with other riders at the same time! I had some crazy heats neck and neck hitting the banks and ramps side by side. You never knew when someone was going to crash in front of you or take you out from behind. Both of those situations happened, however I was lucky enough to keep on advancing all the way to the finals. It was Patrick Switzer, Will Royce, James West, and myself. The course started off in a unique way where the boards were placed across the road at the top of the hill. Riders took off running from one side of the road to get their boards and rush off onto the course. Will got his board first, I was second, and Pat and James close behind us. Will was going so fast that he cleared the entire big air and couldn't handle the landing crashing out. I was in the air when that happened, landed clean but ran into his board. I ended up crashing out too and flew off the next banked wall before the finish line! It happened so fast the next thing I knew Pat flew by for the win. And the rest of us all were rushing to the finish line barely on our boards. After Pat the rest of us ended up tying for 2nd and had to do rerun with just us 3 to determine 2nd, 3rd and 4th place. Pat had the clear victory and even though was the slowest in the finals, he stayed on his board and got around all of us who crashed out. Royce ended up taking 2nd, myself 3rd, and James 4th. It was such a thrill to have that many heats and still be in one piece. I had one really hard fall to the back of my head during a practice run. And was really lucky to have had my Predator DH6 that just came out that year. It is the first helmet specially designed for downhill skateboarding and works great for boarder cross as well. Stay tuned here on the Woodshop for Part 2 of my Boarder Cross Racing featuring the 2012 Ditch Slap Boarder Cross Race in Albuquerque, NM.
Post Created: March 9, 2014
Banked walls are a key obstacle in boarder cross courses. Photo by Jon Huey
Hitting the big air jump was scary every time! Photo by Alex Tongue.
It was a mind game clearing over the weird woop tee doo! Photo by Alex Tongue.
Will Crashing in front of me during the finals. He got up quickly and threw his board out to get back on. Photo by Kroll Images.
After I hit Will's board, I flew off the end of the last banked wall. Photo by Kroll Images.
Royce 2nd, Switzer 1st, McGuirk 3rd, West 4th. Photo by Alex Tongue.
Video by SkateHouse Media.