September 30, 2015

Skate Expectations

Catch some air (or at least watch somebody else do it) at D-Town Throwdown.

D-Town Throwdown started out on a whim.

Action Park Alliance Executive Director Mark Laue wanted to bring together local skaters for a little friendly competition—and maybe 1,000 people showed up. Seven years later, Laue has bigger and better plans for a battle royale.

Legendary concrete surfers from all over the nation are flying in to compete for the SkaterBIRD Cup, which was inspired by local artist Brad Oldham’s newest chrome statue of the same name, overlooking Ross Avenue. The D-Town All Stars—Kechaud Johnson, Taylor Bray, and Ryan Thompson—along with X Games champion Pierre-Luc Gagnon and Cody McEntire are just some of the skaters shredding to win $15,000 in prizes on October 17.

Events include a 13-foot vertical ramp, street obstacles, and a multi-discipline event where the stakes have been raised; the home stretch will feature a downhill skate race inside a 13-story parking garage.

“This type of competition has never been done in such an urban setting before,” Laue says. “We’re excited to be putting this event on in the heart of downtown Dallas.”

It’s an event promised to be “super dope” for spectators, who can enjoy demos, raffles, live music, a beer garden, and barbecue joint sponsored by The Joule Hotel.

THE DETAILS: D-Town Throwdown is Saturday, October 17 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Free parking is available in adjacent lots.

Alliance Skateparks Dtown Throwdown 2013 from Action Park Alliance on Vimeo.

THE SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

10:00 a.m.: Throwdown check-in and warm-ups; first round of garage race eliminations

Noon: Freestyle moto demo; Throwdown street pre-lims; second round of garage race eliminations

2:00 p.m.: Sam Lao hits the stage

2:20 p.m. Third round of garage race eliminations; second round Throwdown

3:20 p.m.: Blue, The Misfit hits the stage

4:30 p.m.: Throwdown finals

5:15 p.m.: Vert pro contest and best trick

6:20 p.m. Award ceremony

8:00 p.m. The Unlikely Candidates on stage