Hobush wins Downtown Throwdown
Year six of Seattle's Downtown Throwdown finished on Saturday, and once again, the stars aligned for Krush Kuleza and his band of Snowboy brothers. Grassroots to the core, the DTTD is one of the most high profile rail contests in the world. Taking place in Seattle's Occidental Park, the Throwdown is a wild feast for the eyes -- from the park residents who call the area home to the wild eyed spectators that seem like they're just there to hoot and holler when riders crash, it is a full spectrum of good old snowboard fun.
Some of the most revered young talent in snowboarding showed up to make their mark on the DTTD legacy, Hot Dawgs and Handrails winner Ryan Paul was there hard way spinning onto rails and smiling like a peace loving hippie. Think Thank star and one-to-be-wild Nick Visconti was also in attendance, landing every rail variation imaginable and other unique moves like one footed fast plants off the pole jam. Defender of Awesome Scott Stevens is always a crowd favorite and once again showed up to prove he is one of the most consistent and stylish snowboarders in the world. Dylan Thompson might have a death wish and was 50-50ing to front flip off the kink on the down flat down box, while Dylan Alito was going straight over the top of the rails and coming out clean.
One of the biggest highlights of the day was watching unknown shredder and Feeders Spokane winner Stefan Krum keeping up with all of the seasoned vets. He was a crowd favorite and even threw a backside rodeo type maneuver off of the pole jam. Stefan walked away with the Zumiez Destroyer Award and what's sure to be some pretty big bragging rights in his hometown.
In the end, when the carcasses and manmade snow stopped flying, one rider stood out from the rest -- and Brandon Hobush brought home a proper victory. "I don't even know what to say, I think I'm going to pass out," said Hobush as he was handed his $5,000 dollar prize. Brandon was relentless all day long and his smooth style and deep bag of tech tricks placed him at the head of the pack.
In the end, Krush and his crew proved once again that they can throw an amazing event that feels more like a giant party than a super contest. "This year was perfect, from the riding to the weather, it was a great ending to our run at Occidental Park and we look forward to finding a new location for year seven," explained Keluza. With another year in the bag we all look forward to what will happen next for Seattle's only urban rail event.