Phots and words: Mike Yoshida
Captions: Drew Amer
What Krush Kulesza and Snowboy Productions started seven years ago was a tiny rail competition with a handful of local riders at a snow/ski stadium tradeshow. Fast forward to the present day and Downtown Throwdown has grown to be the premiere Northwest rail event, with arguably some of the biggest names in jibbing attending.
Speaking of that rider list, the Seattle stop in 2012 was easily the heaviest to date with Dylan Thompson, Dylan Alito, Brandon Hobush, Scott Stevens, Nick Visconti, Austin Hironaka, Ted Borland, Andrew Brewer, Ryan Paul, Desiree Melancon, Brandon Hammid, Johnny Brady, Jaeger Bailey, Max Warbington, Stefan Krumm, Yale Cousino, Chris Cloud, Spencer Schubert and Daniel Brown all confirmed.
The Throwdown was originally put on at Qwest Field, which was an okay venue, but since the location has moved to Occidental park (primetime bum-watching hilarity) it seems to have more of a community feel where local shreds can get stoked for the upcoming season. There is no other place like the Northwest that gets so fired up to see shredding. This place lives and breathes snowboarding and the fact that the region is surrounded by some of the best mountains is a huge reason for this.
This year’s Throwdown was by far the most heated right from the get go. Riders these days do not care about warming apparently, because it seemed like everyone was trying their hardest tricks right off the bat. Dylan Thompson was fearlessly attacking all obstacles with his terminator mentality. He approaches each rail like he’s initiating a bar brawl and the kid has the death stare to back it up. “Brandon Hobush has a bag of tricks longer than his ponytail,” as quoted by announcer and Think Thank founder Jesse Burtner. Jaeger Bailey was flipping out (literally), and holding down some serious moves such as 270s every which way and an insane crowd pleasing 50-50 to front flip to 50-50 on the down flat down box. Jonah Owen was riding smooth and trying to back up his Hot Dawg and Hand Rails win. He had some insane McTwist on the wallride and solid 270 combos as well. Ryan Paul was up to his usual antics, with a mix of solid trickery on the rails and the occasional flip. Ted Borland was one to watch as he has the smoothest tall guy style in the biz and seems to make the hardest tricks look easy. Scott Stevens brought out his signature one-footed “Daniel San” front lip and didn't seem to want to stop riding even when the comp was officially over. Stefan Krumm is an amazing kid to watch because you never know what he’s going to do, whether it be a one-foot antic or psycho gap outs to the down in a kink. Spencer Schubert is one entertaining kid. He was picking the course apart with his impromptu gap from the pole jam to down bar, and gapping off the scaffolding to a handrail that was not built to be ridden in the course (check the animated gifs)! Others who were throwing down were: Mitch Richmond, Kevin Hanson, Johnny Brady, Yale Cousino, and Brandon Hammid, among others.
In the end it was Brandon Hobush who defended his title from last year as the Downtown Throwdown winner. It hasn’t been since Jed Anderson that anyone has ever won the DTTD back-to-back, so props to the Bush man! Dylan Thompson came in a respectable second (head nod), and Ryan Paul got third with Jaeger Bailey winning fourth and Jonah Owen in fifth. Desiree won….err, Spencer Schubert won the Monster Moment Award with his insane gap outs and creative use of the course. Max Warbington won the Crab Grab/ Think Thank Stoke Award.
All in all, this was one of the best Downtown Throwdowns to date and if you couldn’t be in Occidental Park to watch it live, you can catch all the recap photos, words, and edits on snowboardermag.com, so remember to keep checking back for more.
1. Brandon Hobush
2. Dylan Thompson
3. Ryan Paul
4. Jaeger Bailey
5. Jonah Owen
Monster Moment Award: Spencer Schubert
Crab Grab/Think Thank Stoke Award: Max Warbington
Phots and words: Mike Yoshida