Leaving San Diego on Thursday, April 19, for the Third Annual Grenade Games, I kid you not my plane departed at 4:20 p.m.—I was off to a great start. After a lot of delays and an equal amount of drinks with homeys, Matt Stallings and Keenan Rice at the San Francisco airport, we made it to Washington in about the time it would take one to touchdown in Sydney.
Due to a lack of snowfall, and an early closure of June Mountain this year, the Games were held just a short jaunt outside of Seattle at The Summit at Snoqualmie. Also new for this year was an extra day tacked on to the schedule. The event spanned from 4/20/07-4/21/07. You really need that extra day to come down and ease back into the real world.
Leading up to the event all weather sources forecasted a pretty good chance of rain on-hill, not unusual in the Pacific Northwest. But contrary to all predictions, the weather was amazing. The sun was shining, and it was just warm enough to comfortably sport a hoodie or a drug-rug. That first morning (4/20) we rolled up (pun intended) to Snoqualmie at just after 12:00 noon. Everyone checked in, we grabbed lift tickets, our Grenade/Boost emblazoned lighters, and proceeded to get weird.
The Snoqualmie set-up consisted of a triple jump line, a good assortment of boxes and rails, a sick spring pipe, epic natural hits, a man-made mogul field, and a forty-foot bong. Well I lied about the bong, but that totally could have been true. At the base of the pipe stood a smoky, Woodstock-like tent city complete with hippies, gutter punks, and shredders from all walks of life. The epicenter of the event also housed live music from Retard Riot, The Hounds of Hell and others; a mechanical bull, Cory Grove and a Cobra Dogs cart, a “baked goods sale, people on mushrooms, a full bar, and more. The good times were definitely rollin’.
The Grenade Games is a celebration of peace, love, and shredding. It’s a perfect end to the season, and a chance to hang out with all your friends, but there are events to be won as well. The Highest Air award in the pipe on day one went to none other than owner of Grenade Gloves, Danny Kass.
Rounding out day one, it was on to “Dunk The Dingo. A dunk tank was set up just off the deck at the base of the resort, and the Dingo, Danny Kass, Matt Kass, and Silent Greg all felt the wrath of high-speed softballs and the resulting dip in the frigid waters. Then we saw somebody resisting arrest in the parking lot, and that pretty much wrapped the day.
The second day we showed up way earlier and got some quality shredding in as everyone else casually made their stoney-way to the hill. There were more nuggies, and more official events on day two, first being a slopestyle contest on the jump line. All kinds of flips and helicopters went down, but the “W went to Grenade Strikes Back Tour winner, Benny Hernreich. Benny went with the crew to Grenade’s HQ in Portland the day after the event to design his own pro-model glove, which he said is appropriately going to involve some tie die.
A rail jam also went down, and the win there went to Norseman, Adi Velic for his trickery. And last but not least, day two saw the famous Chinese Eyed Downhill. A staple of the Grenade Games, The Chinese Eyed Downhill started atop the moguls, ran down the rest of the hill, and the winner would be the first person to get onto the deck, find Dave Schiff, and tackle him. After a lot of stiff-arming, that person was Rob Kingwell, and he took home $1,500 bucks doing it. Post-Downhill, the everyone was treated to a live performance by Trouble. After the show, the crowd dissipated, only to resurface later that night at the Tabella Lounge in downtown Seattle, to make it rain with Fat Joe and DJ Muggs at the “Boost Mobile Smoked Out After Party.
All in all, we shredded, we partied, we passed it to the left, we made it rain, we had a blast, and we didn’t even get hassled by the fuzz.
Stay tuned to twsnow.com for a video from the eevent.
On Hill Awards:
Best Female Rider: Hana Beaman
Highest Air (Halfpipe): Danny Kass
Dopest Style (Slopestyle): Cornell Agee
Zumiez Best Jibber: Adi Velic
Chinese Eyed Down Hill: Rob Kingwell
Bull Rider: Dave Schiff
Most Drinks Consumed: Oystein Kvanneid (Ace)
G.S.B. (Grenade Strikes Back) Best Am: Benny Hernreich
Not Welcome Back: RJ
The Hounds of Hell