2012 was my last trip down to ABQ and my 5th year in a row. I love this event called SLAP (Safe Longboard Awareness Program) being in the many glorious ditches of this wide open city. Timeship Racing Skate School headed by Joe Lelm has been putting on these events since the early 2000s and many epic times have been had. This year was the first year a Boarder Cross race was added the list of events. And being in a ditch is a perfect setup for this type of race having 2 concrete walls facing each other. This particular one was very smooth and the course was setup with cones to go over and a serious of launch ramps on the walls to hit. And one ramp being set before a ladder you had to clear over. It was a 2 man race with single elimination so you had to win every heat in order to advance to the next round. Luckily I had a good push and was able to maintain a lead to make it to the finals with rival competitor Will Royce. He is a great all-around skater and also has a good push. For the Final heat he actually got a better start and lead going into the ditch. The course lead out of the ditch where you had to go around a tree and back into the ditch. Will drifted a bit on the turn back in while I gripped and carried more speed dropping back in. I made the pass there and cleared the finals launch ramps keeping my speed and holding onto the lead for my first ever Boarder Cross win! I was super stoked as you can see from the videos and proceeded to ride the ditch like a half pipe clearing out some of the left over cones from the mine field.
Post Created: March 18, 2014
Video by Rayne Longboards of this race.
Full coverage from all the events that year.
2 man boarder Cross in a super smooth and fast ditch. Photo by Wired Mag.
Launching off the final wall ramp setup before a ladder to clear. James West close behind in a semi-final heat. Photo by Aaron Breetwor.
Finals run with Will Royce close behind as I hit the last ramp ready to plow through the mine field (cones with bricks under them) to the finish. Fireworks and smoke bombs were lit as well as shoes and such set in the way to mess with us! Photo by David Hiltbrand.