The Second Annual Skate the Cape Shred Festival is in the Books

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After a successful first year, the Skate the Cape Shred Festival 2 did not disappoint.

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We wanted to make this a 2 day Shred Festival that brings riders from all around to get together, have fun doing what they love, push each other, and in essence, push the progression of the sport of longboarding.

For the second year, Faceplant Boardriders Longboard Company and WheelRZ Longboard Wheel Company held a 2 day shred festival at the picturesque and historic Cape Henlopen State Park located in Delaware. Amongst the World War bunkers, forts, and heavy artillery littered all around the park, Faceplant/WheelRZ, with the help of Red Bull and Liquid Boardshop, setup some unique events meant to capture what the paved paths throughout the State Park has to offer. There was on site camping throughout the weekend for riders who wanted to hang out and get the most out of their weekend at the ‘Skate the Cape Shred Festival.’

Faceplant Boardriders/WheelRZ Owner Rob Wheeler said, “We wanted to make this a 2 day Shred Festival that brings riders from all around to get together, have fun doing what they love, push each other, and in essence, push the progression of the sport of longboarding. We will continue to up the ante every year with bigger and better events and features to keep this event unique and growing in size.”

Day 1 started out with a 2.75 mile push race that went around the park on its bike path. The path goes through the dunes and pine barrens that was full of twists and turns making it a grueling sprint for competitors. Scott Hurdleston pushed so fast he passed our pace bike and finished the course first in 10 minutes and 53 seconds. The Enduro Push Race Podium went as follows:

OPEN Division: 1st-Scott Hurdleston, 2nd-Jorge Garcia, 3rd-Matt Smith
AM Division: 1st-Jacob Scarberry, 2nd-Stuart Mueller, 3rd-Max Bisaha

The second event on Day 1 was the Downhill. The course starts from the top of the dune at Fort Miles that overlooks the Atlantic Ocean and is the highest point in Southern Delaware. The course is short, but the hard right makes riders bring their A Game unless they want to end up in the hay bails. The results for the Downhill were:

OPEN Division: 1st-Jorge Garcia, 2nd-Scott Hurdleston, 3rd-Dylan Baist-Bliss
18 & OVER Division: 1st-Hans Loewen, 2nd-Michael Vizzoni, 3rd-Daniel Pettit
UNDER 18 Division: 1st-Patrick Kennedy, 2nd-Jared Beers, 3rd-Dax Pradarits

After Day 1, everyone packed it up and headed a few hundred yards to the camp site which made for great vibes all around. It was a great way to get everyone together and hang out with skaters from all over who came out to the Shred Festival.

Day 2 started out with the Slalom Race located on the main hill just below Fort Miles. Riders would go head to head weaving through the cones as fast as they could to the finish line. The results for the Slalom were 1st Place - Kardon Allard, 2nd Place – Jesse Wipf, 3rd Place – Matt English. Shorty after the Slalom was the main event of the weekend, the Slide Jam. The biggest turnout for the weekend was for the Slide Jam, especially for the Under 18 Division.

Riders showcased their skills and style was the main ingredient to advance to the finals in the Faceplant Boardriders/WheelRZ Slide Jam. The finals were judged by the spectators so riders really had to shock and awe the crowd in order to win the event. Faceplant Boardriders/WheelRZ Owner Ricky Wheeler said, “We wanted the slide jam to be based on riders’ all around ability to lay down solid runs, and who better to be the judge of that then a crowd of spectators watching the action all day.” Slide Jam podiums were as follows:

OPEN Division: 1st-Jon Koontz (45 votes), 2nd-Brian Fitch (33 votes), 3rd-Dax Pradarits (23 votes), 4th-Kardon Allard (22 votes), 5th-Aaron Gordy (11 votes)
UNDER 18 Division: 1st-Nolan Kramer (45 votes), 2nd-Jon Martin (29 votes), 3rd-Jake Scarberry (17 votes), 4th-David Evan (16 votes), 5th-Elijah Olsen (14 votes)

Faceplant Boardriders and WheelRZ have already set up to have the Skaet the Cape 3 at Cape Henlopen State Park again in November 2014, and they plan to make it bigger and better then ever. Owner Rob Wheeler said, “We plan to add some new events that are meant to push the progression of longboarding and make for some fun spectator events.” The event’s facebook page is already up at https://www.facebook.com/events/567916453280764/?source=1
Faceplant Boardriders and WheelRZ will also be hosting their 2nd Annual “Rip the ElWood” which was a huge success in it’s first year. Rip the ElWood’s Facebook Event Page is at https://www.facebook.com/events/527641013989010/.

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