Snoqualmie Shakedown

Last year I sent Nick Lipton to freeze his ass of watching this, while I stayed home and watched the live webcast. I was so warm and comfortable, but Nick claims the post-party was worth the drive/cold. No promises, but maybe this year, I’ll have to actually check it out. That said, I’m sure you really don’t care what I’m going to do, and if you are so inclined, here’s all the info:

The year 2011 will be a defining one for the RIDE Shakedown, one of the snowboard industry’s most exciting and anticipated competitions, drawing the biggest names in snowboarding and the most promising up-and-comers. 2011 will mark the 10th anniversary of the RIDE Shakedown in Canada, a return to the United States for a 2nd year and an introduction of a European leg of the competition in Germany. In addition, the U.S. and German events (4 star level) are now part of The Swatch TTR World Snowboard Tour, featuring the leading snowboarders and the world’s most respected snowboard events. With these three competitions, over $100,000 will be up for grabs.

After the success of the first RIDE Shakedown in Seattle, presented at The Summit at Snoqualmie, the DIZZLE Entertainment crew is back for a second round in Washington on March 18 and 19, 2011. Thrill seekers will enjoy the breathtaking feats by top riders performing on the rails and projecting into the wide open space for the Big Air.

“The first U.S. edition of the RIDE Shakedown was a stellar success and we’re pleased to be back in Seattle again this year,” explained Brendan O’Dowd, co-founder of DIZZLE Entertainment and organizer of the RIDE Shakedown. “With this second round, we’re giving fans an action packed halftime show with a music stage, and it’s free. Action and entertainment are definitely on the program!”

The return of the RIDE Shakedown on U.S. soil came to fruition through the efforts of title sponsor RIDE Snowboards, based in downtown Seattle, and a driver in the industry since 1992. “The RIDE Shakedown has now become one of the industry’s must-attend events. Top riders and big industry players are there, and the format and relaxed atmosphere are appreciated by riders and fans alike. Snowboarders throughout the Pacific Northwest will love it!” said Scott Mavis, RIDE Snowboards’ Vice President Global Marketing.

Both top-ranked riders and rookies will be hitting the slopes during the amateur qualification round of the RIDE Shakedown to fight for a spot in the semi-finals where they compete against the invited pros. For amateur riders interested in participating, qualification rounds will be held across the USA via the TransWorld SNOWboarding TransAm series with the overall TransAm tour champions winning automatic qualification in the RIDE Shakedown finals at the Summit at Snoqualmie. For complete details, visit the RIDE Shakedown website at

Dates of the three 2011 RIDE Shakedown events

March 11-12, Europe (Germany, Olympic Stadium in Garmisch-Partenkirchen): First European edition. Same format as the original, with a European twist;

March 18-19, United States (The Summit at Snoqualmie, located 45 minutes east of Seattle): Second U.S. edition. New this year: a music stage at half-time;

April 1-2, Canada (Mont Saint-Sauveur, Quebec): 10th anniversary of the original event; countless surprises await!