Following suit to our NYC trip over Labor Day weekend, we were making one more effort at hyping the upcoming season at Killington and dialing in some groms with the goods to get on snow this winter. City Hall Plaza in Boston was playing host to the Downtown Throwdown, an urban snowboarding rail jam event attended by top pros. Early Friday afternoon we linked up with the Darkside crew, piled into the van and the next 36 hours or so were non-stop.
It wouldn’t be a road trip without a detour… this in mind, the van made its way to Rye Airfield Skatepark. The park offered up 50,000 square feet of skating – literally the size of a football field, coverd in ramps, boxes, and rails. We wrapped up a solid session and got back on the road. The van was packed... Darkside young guns, skateboards, and snowboard gear... Vermonters Tim Major, Nate Haust, and Max Lyons were amongst the crew and would be competing in the rail jam.
We arrived in Boston early Friday night, met up with the rest of our crew, took to the streets and made our way over to City Hall Plaza to get a first look at what was in store for the Downtown Throwdown the next day. With no real agenda for the evening we skated our way around Boston, and eventually ended up back at the hotel with pizzas in hand.
The anticipation of the Downtown Throwdown had everyone up early the next day and we made moves to City Hall Plaza - home base for the rest of the day. We ran into a ton of fellow riders who all seemed to hint at an invite for Rails 2 Riches while dropping the opening day question. This time of year everyone is itching to get their first laps, and chances are Killington is the place to make it happen... We’re committed to spinning the lifts as soon as we can.
With the Downtown Throwdown action set to kick off around 1pm, there was time to kill and part of the crew made their way to Orchard Skateshop. The crew at Orchard was super welcoming and gave us the heads up on their Allston location, fully outfitted with an indoor mini ramp where they host contests year round. Hyped on that news we made sure to get some swag into the hands of their young rippers.
Back at City Hall Plaza the scene had been set for the rail jam. Around 2,000 bags of crushed ice had been spread across the scaffolding and a mixed crowd of shredders and bystanders began to roll in as the event kicked off with The Feeders qualifying jam for amateur up and coming riders. Killington local Tim Major came out on top alongside of Parker Szumowski, and fellow Vermonter Shaun Murphy – all qualifying for the pro event.
A big crowd had assembled and a festival vibe took over. Sponsor tents were tossing out free swag and running raffles, the smell from the food trucks was bellowing, an onslaught of next-level riding was going down, and people were stoked. We made our way through the crowds, and any groms who looked stoked got some free swag, lessons, and tickets.
By 5pm things were wrapping up, we said some farewells and headed home. Thomas was stoked on his first trip to Boston, “So sick.. Boston Harbor, first time on a subway train, and so many cool people.” It was such a solid trip and the perfect way to push the excitement for this season over the top!