July 6, 2014

Kamloops Slide Jam: Slash and Thrash

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Last weekend was Kamloops' Slash and Thrash event. A bunch of the local shredders got together to hang out, skate, and maybe show off a bit. It was a contest after all... Rayne team rider Jeremy Banting headed down to check it out and got back to us with a few words and photos from the jam:

I was lucky enough to be rolling through Kamloops in time for the Slash and Thrash Freeride, put on by the Kamloops Longboard Club, Rayne Longboards, Vicious Griptape, and Switchback Longboards. I rolled up not really knowing what to expect and was I ever surprised. The Kamloops scene is pretty unique, there is so much terrain to skate and a ton of solid freeriders that are always pushing one another. The amount of parent support in this community is unreal; from shuttling riders to the hill from the meeting spot or making sure everyone had enough water.

The KLC has been around for years, organizer and all around rad guy Pat Mutrie is responsible for that. Pat played a monstrous role in the creation of the Kamloops downhill park that is currently under construction. They host two sessions a week, Thursday nights are a freeride session on Boundary, a steep straight hill. Sunday night sessions are held at the local university and are somewhat geared towards newer riders teaching sliding and speed control.

Jeremy hooked us up with some sweet photos one of the better ones was this feature image of Bryan Taylor boosting an ollie on a prototype twin tip Rayne Darkside.

Justin Readings

Justin began skating in Toronto, Ontario and has now moved west to work more closely with us at Rayne. He's an experienced traveler, most known for keeping his pucks down, although recently he's doing a lot more freeriding. Justin rides for Rayne Longboards, Dr Vie Superfoods, and Switchback Longboards.


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