April 27, 2013

UDP Visitor: Tommy Watson

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Recently Rayne team rider Tommy Watson was down in SL UT and spent a good chunk of time skating with old hommies and shredding some sweet hills.

Here's what he had to say about the trip:

This hill is a true gem that flies under the radar of most skaters. Nestled in the heart of Utah, this secret spot has a large variety of corner styles, speeds of up to 50 mph, and immaculate pavement. See what I did there? J It’s a great reason to travel to Utah, and if you hook up with Utah Dawn Patrol you’ll certainly be brought out to it for one of their sessions. It’s best to skate it right at sunrise since it’s a scenic road that has a lot of bad drivers on it once the day gets going.

My most recent trip to Utah mainly revolved around this hill, with 5 or more sessions going down in the 9 days I was there. Besides that I got to check out a few rad shops in the area: Board of Provo and a lot of lurking went down at Performance Longboarding in Salt Lake City. Performance is a hub for the scene in SLC providing only gear that they believe in to skaters of the area, as well as online. They also have kick-ass photography and a lot of product knowledge. If you’re looking for a longboard encyclopaedia, check out Legion Custom Shop down in Payson was stoked to check out the Daybreak Downhill and Slalom, but sadly couldn’t make it out due to a death in the family. They recently got Rayne Longboards in stock, so if you’re down south definitely check them out.

The Utah scene is growing so much, and progressing very quickly. I’m stoked to see it happening and some key riders taking the new guys under their wing and making sure the sport grows responsibly in the area. Big thanks to Doug Trollman for making events happen; Bryce Brady,Ty Gregg and the whole Vangaurd unto Dawn for keeping it trill and Todd Smith for only downhilling. The community is better than the skating in Salt Lake, and that’s a pretty hard thing to top. 

Tommy also shreds on Vicious Grip.
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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