Story By Enzo Plati. Photos by Jared Souney
It was sunshine and tall cans. On October 8, 2011, Seattle was host of the 6th annual Downtown Throwdown. While most of the city was making protest signs and banging on drums for the #occupyseattle march, the eager snowboard crowd flooded Occidental Square. With no heats or helmets required, the cream of the rail-riding crop showed up in full force. As things got underway, the majority of the riders were choking down tall cans to cure the effects of the prior night’s Rome video premiere. Matty Mo stepped away from the busy Cobra Dogs cart to get behind the decks and spin a set filled with everything from James Brown to Sabbath. The crowd stay hyped all day as they enjoyed giveaways and live art raffles.
With an above-average rail jam set up, and a pole jam for back flips, the riding level was higher than the general Seattle public. Stefan Krum got plenty of crowd love for his back rodeo pole jam flip, locking him in as winner of the Zumiez Destroyer Award. Scott Stevens defended awesome by showcasing his smooth effortless style, and earning him $300 for 5th place. A hungover and jet lagged Dylan Alito showed up to party, and is now able to support his new alcohol addiction by becoming the winner of $750. Hot Dawgs and Hand Rails winner Ryan Paul was in good spirits, as he came in 3rd place, making him $1,000 richer. Dylan Thompson 50-50 flipped his way into the 2nd place slot earning him $2,500. In the end, it was the “silent killer” Brandon Hobush, who ended up on top, $5000 richer.
Big thanks to Krush Kulesza and the Snowboy crew for another great event. As the sun shined down, everything came together, and the Downtown Throwdown proved why it is one of the best rail events in the world. Check out the full photo gallery below. Or watch the Video right here!
Destroyer Award: Stefan Krum
First Place: Brandon Hobush
Second Place: Dylan Thompson
Third Place: Ryan Paul
Fourth Place: Dylan Alito
Fifth Place: Scott Stevens
Sixth Place: Nick Visconti