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Boomtown Freeride 11

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Photo: Joshua Bloomfield

Words: Ross Druckrey
Photos: Joshua Bloomfield, Amanda Thomas, DMSI Photography

Boomtown Freeride 11 went down last Saturday May 31st with a bang.  Sunny skies, a solid turnout, and a steep windy slope filled the day with hours of care free urethane shredding in Washougal, Washington.  With more than 80 registered riders, there were many new faces in the crowd who came to ride with other downhill skaters of all ages and skill levels from across the northwest.

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Photo: Joshua Bloomfield

Steven Suhama, Connor Stanek, and Ben Bartlet stack up tight through the righty.

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Photo: Joshua Bloomfield

This was the first every Boomtown at this location, so I was a little concerned about what the neighborhood and local cops would think.  Washougal PD showed up about 30 minutes into the jam and it was literally the shortest conversation I’ve ever had with a police officer.  After I told him what we were doing, he said, “looks like you’re having a lot of fun”, and drove off.

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Photo: DMSI Photography

James Wetherell has been coming to Boomtown jams since the beginning and gets faster and steezier every time. This was his first jam in open class and he still managed to make the podium.

 

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Photo: Joshua Bloomfield

Jimmy James John Meyers gettin’ barreled.

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Photo: Amanda Thomas

Riders latch on during a rare opportunity for a free ride up the hill.

 

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Photo: DMSI Photography

Gettin’ dat footy.  Official is out now on the Tactics Boardshop Youtube channel!

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Photo: Joshua Bloomfield

Arbor‘s Brandon Tissen easily could have stolen a podium spot but instead opted for a spot at the judging table.

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Photo: Joshua Bloomfield

I also took a judge spot alongside Omen Longboards‘ Nate Blackburn and Longboard Larry’s Jed Johnson.

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Photo: Amanda Thomas

Grom podium (14 & under) left to right: 1st- Camden Benesh, 2nd- Martin Depass, 3rd- Harrison Finney, 4th- Chris Tavas.

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Photo: Amanda Thomas

Open podium right to left: 1st- Ben Bartlet, 2nd- Steven Suhama, honorable mention- Moe Wallace, 3rd- James Wetherell, 4th- Landon Jackson, 5th- Keola Lee.

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Photo: Joshua Bloomfield

Everyone went big on the raffle tickets and the podium got a fat stack of cash. Steven was stoked.

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Photo: Joshua Bloomfield

Big thanks to Tactics and all the sponsors for making this possible and providing an absurd stack of gear for everyone to enjoy! Sector 9, Gullwing, Comet, Caliber, Omen, Rayne, Vicious, Landyachtz, Bear, Hawgs, Orangatang, Loaded, RDVX, RAD, and Longboard Larry.  For more photos, check out Joshua Bloomfield PhotographyDSMI Photography, and #Boomtown11 on Instagram.  The official video is out now on the Tactics Boardshop Youtube channel!

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Photo: Amanda Thomas

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