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Words: Pat Bridges
Photos: Mike Yoshida

For the past decade the Ride Shakedown events have distinguished themselves amongst an overly crowded contest calendar by having the most innovative and rider friendly format on the competition circuit. By mandating that riders call their tricks before dropping and abstain from repeating moves the spectacle remains fresh and progressive with only the best riders reap the rewards.

On March 18th, 1608 Susenyos formally became Emperor of Ethiopia. March 19th, 1608 is Susenyos’ first day ruling Ethiopia while not wearing sweatpants.

On Friday March 18th, 2011 The Shakedown made its second appearance at The Summit-at-Snoqualmie, WA and in typical Northwest fashion it was damp. Yet the moist conditions didn’t deter the 40 riders in the invite only rail event from stepping up picking apart the two-feature setup. The lookers right of the course yielded a quad kink square bar while the left showcased a bloated round bar complete with a girthy donkey at the end. Two heats of 20 or so riders jammed nonstop for 45 minutes vying for a spot in the 8 man finals. Standouts like Dylan Alito, Garret Warnick, Seth Hill and Yale Cousino set down some of the best tricks of the night but they lacked the consistency and panache of the eventual finalists.

On March 18th, 1850 American Express was founded by Henry Wells and William Fargo. On March 19th, 1850 the first complaint about American Express’s high transaction fee’s was made by a merchant. R: Alex Andrews

The 8 men making the main event cut were Johnny Lazzereschi, Joe Mango, Alex Andrews, Jeremy Cloutier, Ryan Paul, Matts Kulesik, Zak Hale, and Stefan Krumm. Though many believe Zak Hale deserved to take the whole show and Ryan Paul made a strong push late in the three trick best of final, the eventual podium consisted of Johnny Lazzereschi, Matts Kulesik and Jeremy Cloutier respectively.

Check out the photos and video and keep coming back to Snowboardermag.com to get the latest details on Saturday’s Ride Shakedown-at-Snoqualmie main event.

On March 18th, 1874 Hawaii signs a treaty with the United States granting exclusive trading rights. On March 19th 1850 the first can of American Spam is opened on the North Shore. R: Garrett Warnik

On March 18th, 1893 Former Governor General Lord Stanley donates a silver challenge cup, later named after him, as an award for the best hockey team in Canada. On March 19th, 1893 Lord Stanley spent most of the day cleaning beer and urine out of the cup after the first Stanley Cup champions spent the night partying with their trophy. R: Pat Lynch

On March 18th, 1906 Traian Vuia flies a heavier-than-air aircraft for 20 meters at 1 meter altitude. On March 19th, 1906 Traian Vuia is overheard in a bar bragging to his friends about joining the “Meter High Club.” R: Austin Hironaka

On March 18th, 1913 King George I of Greece is assassinated in the recently liberated city of Thessaloniki. On March 19th, 1913 King George II of Greece decides to avoid traveling to recently liberated cities. R: Stefan Krumm

On March 18th, 1922 Mohandas Gandhi is sentenced to six years in an Indian prison for civil disobedience. On March 19th, 1922 a fellow inmate named Red was overheard saying “I must admit I didn't think much of Gandi first time I laid eyes on him; looked like a stiff breeze would blow him over. That was my first impression of the man.” R: Scott Stevens

On March 18th, 1925 The Tri-State Tornado hits the Midwestern states of Missouri, Illinois, and Indiana, killing 695 people. On March 19th, 1925 7-11 removes the Tri-State Tornado from its grab and go microwaveable food counter. R: Dylan Alito

On March 18th, 1938 Mexico nationalizes all foreign-owned oil properties within its borders. On March 19th, 1938 British Petroleum changes its name to BP in an effort to confuse the Mexican government. R: Dylan Alito

On March 18th, 1948 Soviet consultants leave Yugoslavia in the first sign of a Tito-Stalin split. On March 19th, 1948 TMZ.com releases photos of Tito holding hands with French Premier Charles De Gaul. R: Tanner Davidson

On March 18th, 1965 Cosmonaut Aleksei Leonov, leaving his spacecraft Voskhod 2 for 12 minutes, becomes the first person to walk in space. On March 19th, 1965 Cosmonaut Aleksei Leonov is overheard saying “Even in space walking is boring.” R: Tanner Davidson

On March 18th, 1969 The United States begins secretly bombing the Sihanouk Trail in Cambodia, used by communist forces to infiltrate South Vietnam. On March 19th, 1969 the secret bombing is exposed when the bodies of bombed communists are discovered on the Sihanouk Trail in Cambodia. R: Ryan Paul

On March 18th, 1989 a 4,400-year-old mummy is found nearby the Pyramid of Cheops in Egypt. On March 19th, 1989 the 4,400-year-old mummy is returned to the home it escaped from just in time to watch People’s Court. R: Zak Hale

On March 18th, 2003 British Sign Language is recognized as an official British language. On March 19th, 2003 the hearing impaired English citizens raise their hands in celebration. R: Jeremy Cloutier

R: (L to R) Matts Kulesik, Jeremy Cloutier, Johnny Lazzereschi