The second annual Downtown Thowdown went down on the streets of Seattle on Saturday, October 27. Snowboy Productions decked out the North entrance stairs to Qwest Field, home to the Seattle Seahawks, with a 24′ down/flat/down and 24′ down rail that led to a double wall ride setup. With the Seattle skyline serving as the background and a crisp northwest night, the scene was set for some epic jamming.
The event served as a pre-season warm-up, but the riders were in mid-season form hucking everything from cab-270 slides to nasty lips and wallrides. After a warm-up session, the riders began a 45 minute jam style session with $5,000 bucks on the line for the winners. The Throwdown was touted as the talents of snowboarding’s new guard, and that proved to be the case as youngster Jed Anderson took home the 1st place prize of $3000, paid out on an IOU check written on cardboard by Snowboy Productions’ Krush Kulesza. Rounding out the podium was Lake Arrowhead’s Johnny Miller, whose trick repertoire included a sick wallride backflip, and Alaska’s own Ben Bogart taking home the bronze. Nick Visconti took home Best Trick honors and a novelty size check for $500.
The toughest job of the night went to judges Zach Leach, Sean Genovese and Jon Kooley who had to pick out winners from a group of riders that included Pat Milberry, Austin Hironaka, Holy Oly winner Sammy Luebke, recently signed Capita shred Scott Stevens and tons of other rail slayers. Jesse Burtner served as the night’s emcee and kept everybody loose and laughing and was helped out by a cameo appearance from Mark Landvik.