2015 World Rankings

Open Skateboard
1 Kevin Reimer 3056
2 Kyle Wester 2874
3 Byron Essert 2824
Women's Skateboard
1 Marie Bougourd 3831
2 Emily Pross 3261
3 Magdalena Blanc 2385
Junior Skateboard
1 Tyron Knight 3132
2 Alex Charleson 2611
3 Keenan Macartney 2320
Street Luge
1 Mike Paproski 2966
2 Mikel Echegaray Diez 2650
3 Kolby Parks 2387
Classic Luge
1 Mikel Echegaray Diez 1650
2 Riley Harris 961
3 Benjamin Zehner 943

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Race Rules Updated

The IDF Race Rules and Regulations were updated from v1.1 to v1.2 today, with a series of small changes in the following sections:

  • 4.7.1: Helmet certification and EPS foam (p11)
  • 6.4.1: Start procedure for race heats (p18)
  • 6.5.2: False starts (p19)
  • 6.7: Transponders used to judge finish line (p19)
  • 9.3: Number or races included in rankings calculations (p26)

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With close calls over protests in the finals of both the Maryhill Festival of Speed and Salzadella Race, now's the time for everybody to brush up on the…

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Posted by Bugs on July 7, 2015 at 4:57

Salzadella Downhill - day 3

Race day at Salzadella was yesterday. The program was the same as the qualifiers, classic, juniors and women in the morning and street luge and open in the afternoon.

The reason for this was because some riders were in multiple classes: street/classic, women/open and juniors/open. To avoid riding up and down between heats we decided to split this so we could do the runs without delays.

We decided to start one hour later than the days before, to let people recuperate from the night before, since people were probably partying hard. The heats were 'stepped', because classic had 9 riders (16 man bracket), juniors 6 (8 man bracket) and women 4 (1 final run), so they started on different rounds, to be able to have the final runs in the same round.

In classic luge all heats but one, were 2 man heats, so almost everyone automatically advanced. 1 rider 'had to be eliminated' in round 1, which turned out to be Juan Calvo Lazaro. Round 2 saw full heats which were the…

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Posted by Beee on July 6, 2015 at 23:16

Salzadella Downhill - day 2

Yesterday was qualifying day at Salzadella. We started the day with race to qualify runs for classic luge, women and juniors and freeride runs for open and street luge.

There were 5 women, 6 juniors and 9 classic lugers who had to battle it out for their starting position in the finals. Starting with classic luge, 4 rounds, 3 heats with 3 riders each. It was no surprise Mikel Echegaray-Diez was in superior form on his 'home turf', taking 4 first places, followed by Jan Tarradas, who only became second in one heat, because he was up against Mikel. So no real surprises there.

Then women, 5 started the rounds, but only 4 made it through. In round 3 Cristina Verdu took a nasty fall on the straight after a big ass wobble, which caused her to twist her ankle (if I'm correct) and she's now stumbling around on crutches. Get well soon Cristina. From the 4 women that were riding Myrjam Weißschuh was the fastest, finishing first or second in every heat.

The juniors were…

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Posted by Beee on July 5, 2015 at 9:00

Salzadella Qualification results

Berry Plasmann just sent us the results of the race to qualify session that took place today. With no surprise, Kevin Reimer and Local Mikel Echegaray dominated. It's been another hot day but riders seemed to enjoy the track and the atmosphere...more news to come.

See the results of the qualification session today

Posted by Cyrille Harnay on July 4, 2015 at 22:51

Salzadella Downhill - day 1

We are in Spain for the new WQS race Salzadella Downhill, in La Salzadella, which is the start of this year's Euro 'tour'.

It's now somewhere after midnight and finally the temperature has dropped a bit. All throughout the first day the sun was scorching. Not as bad as Maryhill, but it was in the 30's (Celsius that is) and tomorrow (actually today by now) is expected to be even warmer.

But this fact didn't disturb any riders. They were ready to go, regardless of the temperature. The riders list wasn't that big, which meant runs were done quickly and before the lunch break we already did 6 runs.

The pool next to the camp site and was the place to be during the break. People flocked their for shade and a refreshing dip in the water. The break was 2 hours, which gave everybody plenty of time to recuperate (a bit) from the morning session.

The first day was a freeride day so everybody could explore the track, which is gnarly, as you can see…

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Posted by Beee on July 4, 2015 at 3:00

Maytum Wins the 2015 Maryhill FOS

Colorado native Zak Maytum narrowly beat out Canadians Alex Charleson and Kevin Reimer to clench his third Maryhill Festival of Speed title. It was an epic battle, with the lead changing multiple times over the length of the track. Alex Charleson led out of Cowzers Corner but left just enough space on the inside of the final corner for Zak to sneak through.

But it was in the short section of track between the final corner and the finish line where the action really happened, as Alex threatened to re-overtake Zak, and the two jostled and bumped shoulders. Check this video of the finish.

Also battling in final was two-time winner Patrick Switzer and newcomers to a MFOS Open final, Spencer Smith and Brendan Davidson.

In Juniors, Canadian Alex Charleson dominated the field followed by Australian Tyron Knight and American Shamar Jackson.…

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Posted by Unkle on June 29, 2015 at 19:30 — 5 Comments

Hot, Hotter, and Hottest; Maryhill Day 4

Emily Pross in practice. Photo: Jonah Rosenberg/Downgrade Magazine

In blistering heat of 41 C (106 F), 166 riders fought through two 96-person brackets for the final 48 spots in tomorrows Open Finals bracket. The temperature is tipped to stay high tomorrow, with no respite for riders, who must endure the conditions wearing leathers and full-face helmets.

The top 48 from yesterday's qualifying were able to stay out of the heat today and will start tomorrow refreshed. Top qualifiers Kevin Reimer in Opens, Emily Pross in Womens, And Mikel Echegary Diez in Street Luge and Classic Luge, will start as favorites, but anything can happen on the Maryhill track, which favors racing smarts over raw speed.

Tomorrow's finals brackets are below:

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Posted by Bugs on June 28, 2015 at 4:55

K-Rimes Sets New Maryhill Track Record

Canadian Kevin Reimer showed a flair for drama today by waiting until the fifth and final qualifying run to post a new track record of 3:03.618. Brazilian Carlos Paixao had led for most of the day with a time of 3:03.787, and seemed to have secured the No. 1 spot, but K-Rimes slashed three seconds off his next best time to snatch victory at the last moment. Third fastest qualifying time was posted by California native Jimmy Riha with 3:03.950, just in front of fellow Californian Key Dougherty with 03:03.982.

Kevin Reimer moments after his track record. Photo: Lee Cation

Day Three at the Maryhill Festival of Speed was baking hot, with temperatures of 41 C (108 F). The track pavement was a sizzling 69 C (156 F).

In Juniors,…

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Posted by Unkle on June 27, 2015 at 4:44

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