This past weekend Team Rayne Longboards headed to the Puerto Rican coast for the Guajataka (Guajataca ? lol) Downhill 2011. Rayne was an event sponsor and GDH2011 was madness with over 30,000 spectators through out the weekend's Slide, Slalom and Downhill Skateboarding races, not to mention live music, DJs, sun, sand, and surf. Mike Slota (injured), Graham Buksa and Kevin Reimer headed over 6000Km south from BC to attend, while new Puerto Rican local team riders Jose Guzman and Micah Gutierrez just had to take a skate down the road from home.
Believe it or not, this was a ridiculously tough decisions to make. All the contests clearly gave it their all and we're superstoked on all the entries. Unfortunately, much like the Highlander, there can be only one!
Rayne Team Rider Douglas Dalua has done it again and taken 1st in the Snake Skeleton, Torneo Continental De Downhill in San Luis, Argentina against a pack of over 150 contenders. Snake Skeleton, dubbed as the 'Maryhill' of South America, is part of the 2011 IGSA South American Circuit which includes Argentina, Columbia, Peru, Brazil, and Chile, with Peru and Brazil set as World Cup races. Dalua now has three 1st place podiums this season and is working hard to keep fit and race ready for his next challenge while spending time with his young and friends at home in Brazil.
Rayne Team Rider Spencer Smith came up to British Columbia from Washington State to race in the Britannia Classic 2011 Open and Junior categories. After 2 days of freeriding and dialling in the course, Spencer skated strong in the Open advancing, but later being knocked out. The race of the day for Spencer was definitely the Juniors, with Spencer defending his 2010 Gold Rush Challenge 1st place finish. Moving on through each of his heats, Spencer shred thane from top to bottom, narrowly missing a repeat 1st to podium 2nd. A tough race with a strong finish, Spencer is definitely poised to make podiums all season and will likely press for the top against the Open's best riders.
Welcome back to DH season Spencer, we're stoked!!!
November. now infamously known as MOVEMBER, is the time of year when Men around the world get set free to sculpt whatever hair on their lips they can grow for one month and one month only. Why? To raise awareness and money for the fight against cancer.