Until our favorite mountain resorts start getting covered with those tiny little white flakes we love oh, so much; we must settle for urban events to ease the anxiety. Lucky for us, the fifth annual Downtown Throwdown presented by Lib Tech will be going down next month in Seattle, WA – providing us with something to look forward to during these agonizing Autumn days. All the details you need provided below.
GrindTV Newswire, Via Snowboy Productions and title sponsor Lib Tech are ready to kick off the 2010-11 winter season in true NW style with the Downtown Throwdown (DTTD) on October 9 in Seattle, WA, from noon to 5pm.
Occidental Park in Seattle’s historic Pioneer Square will be covered in 30 tons of snow, rails, barrels, sponsor tents, amped kids, confused tourists, photographers and 25 invited shreds.
“Snowboarding in Seattle…in October…and we’re raising money for tSB …it’ll be bananas!” says Lib Tech’s Pete Saari.
In five short years this core grass-roots event has grown into the biggest urban snowboarding event in North America. Rider focused and spectator friendly, it blends progressive snowboarding with an entertaining format that keeps people coming back year after year.
“This rail jam is the premier event of the early season because it doesn’t have the aura of a contest. It really is a family of snowboarders smiling, shredding, and getting the public amped on the season,” says 2009 DTTD winner Nick Visconti.
The rider list is a who’s who of some of the most progressive pros and ams in snowboarding, including Nick Visconti, Forest Bailey, Scott Stevens, Johnny Lazzareschi, Ben Bogart, Jason Robinson, Austin Hironaka, Jess Kimura, Ben Bilocq, Ted Boreland, Austen Sweetin, Sam Hulbert, Brandon Reis, Yale Cousino, Jonah Owen, Chris Brewster, Ivan Marcinko, Chris Beresford, Jake Kuyzk, Andrew Brewer, Ryan Paul and Johnnie Paxson, as well as three local qualifiers from The Feeders! tour including Jacob Nelson and Kraemer Rickman.
The tag-team emcee talents of Jesse Burtner (Lib-Tech) and Preston Strout (HCSC) will keep the crowd laughing and informed while the JudgeMENTAL crew of Sean Genovese (Think Thank), Zac Marben (Vans) and Pat Milbery (Skullcandy) decide who gets a share of the $8000 in prize money and the Zumiez Destroyer Award.
After the event the party moves to Temple Billards for the DTTD afterparty brought to you by Snowboard Connection. Drink specials, an acoustic set by Wes Makepeace and an Issue Release Party by Snowboarder Magazine in addition to the obligatory 10% rule promise for a good end to a great day.
Thanks to the amazing support of Lib Technologies, Zumiez, Jones Soda Co., Vans, Skullcandy, Snowboarder Magazine, Think Thank, Snowboard Connection, CafÃ© Vita, Stevens Pass, Summit at Snoqualmie, Imprnt Design and Cobra Dogs for making this FREE event possible.