15 de set de 2015

Shred Chaos Life in Kansas '15 - English Version by Alex Rossiter - Shred Life - Mountainboards NW



"The Jewel"
By Alex Rossiter - Shred Life - Mountainboards NW
Photos: Mellissa Michler - Shred Life - Mountainboards NW

"here comes my write-up homie…"

The Chaos in Kansas competition featured Boardercross racing and Freestyle events. It was held at “The Jewel” which is this track in the middle of nowhere in the middle of a huge field owned by a man named Zach Heberly who is an industrial farmer and Mountainboarder. He owns the field with the track and allows the event to happen annually. 
Zach Heberly
Although, this year was the first time in 4 years that the event has taken place so it had a big reunion sort of feel to it. A lot of people came out from all over with something to prove so there was a lot of fierce riding all the way from the old timers with scores to settle to the new competitors who are now dreaming of their rematches. 
Marcio and Me sunset walk-up
My crew and I, Team Shred Life showed up on Thursday evening and stayed until Monday so we were there the whole entire time tent camping next to the track in the 103 degree heat and wind and riding the track relentlessly. We were deep: Jay, Chantz, Myself and My (then) girlfriend Melissa as full time photographer. 
Me padding up first thing Friday morning outside la casa
Me, Chantz, Jay hot-lapping
I was able to meet and hang out with everyone who was there and make some rad new friendships, like the one forged in steel with Marcio when he and I agreed that he’d pile in with us from the Airport as carpooler 5.
Team Shred Life + MDG 
And the Dirthead guys Don and Kevin from who’s crew’s ranks have come a veritable who’s who of Mountainboarders, and the MBS crew with J-Lee Benton and Bee Jo rolling official in the MBS mobille along with numerous other radical and legendary friends new and old all of which are lifelong now. 
Don obviously facilitating a conference 
I launched my brand Shred Life at the competition and co-sponsored the event. I introduced my one of a kind hand-made tee shirts designed specifically for Mountainboarders called “The Shred Shirt.” 
Shred Life Logo
Everybody who won one as podium prizes or who just bought one off me said they were legit for riding in and mad steezy for peeping on. 
Me and Devin a.k.a."Da-Gnar" at the party poppin'fly gear
J Lee bought one off of me and wore it in the Boardercross event. He put it on and shredded a narrow 2nd to Cole in pro BX. Word up.


J-Lee rocking his brand-new Shred Shirt chopping it up with Joseph
The Open class had a bunch of first time competitors but killers at that like Joseph a.k.a. JoMo out of nowhere with the Morrisson flip taking gold belt buckle in freestyle. 
Joseph doing his "Morrisson flip" upper jump in Freestyle
This was our team’s second competition but first one that was well organized and highly competitive. We pulled in 3 team medals with my bronze Boardercross and Chantz as overall points with two. 
Team Shred Life + Jo
The Pro class had some surprises like Ryno who came up solo from Texas and flew around wily as he is and like Marcio who planned to compete in the legends class but was convinced due to our mounting pressure to enter as a Pro which he did and came out the overall points winner of the division. 
Marcio sunset 3
In the Legends category things got gnarly with old rivalries being rehashed in real time and longtime ripper homies out there trying to blow each other’s doors down. Don knocked down 2nd in freestyle behind Gene and 3rd in BX. The Legends dudes were the real inspiration and heart of the competition out there killing like they were teen agers.
Don tailing Kevin dusk
The Sunday night shred was the wrap up of the weekend and a free for all for whoever’s left with anything in their tanks. 
It was rad to ride and unwind after the mayhem and be able to live on the track for the fleeting last moments which will live on as the sweetest for those of us who hung around. 
Me sunset 3 on the textbook tip under advisement by Marcio
I got wrapped up in the romance and proposed to Melissa after the ride, which was a first at the Jewel, followed by applause from a bunch of dirty rippers. 
Shred Life Guys love too!
I also personally found out that butt boarding on the Jewel is righteous until the step up below turn 4 where it loops you and that lantern riding while chasing down werewolves off the claim with your crew is crucial as well. 
Jay keeping things fierce
There was so much happiness and stoke flying around that I don’t think any of us have stopped talking about it and hoping that it happens next year so that we can all go back to KS, drive to the middle of nowhere, find a field with a gate marked by a Mountainboard chained to it, get to the track and ride and camp for another weekend in the hot humid windy field where lies the Jewel.


Results:



BOARDERCROSS
Open Division

1st Ty Rockwell

2nd Chantz Keller

3rd Alex Rossiter

Legends Division

1st Patrick Thomas
2nd Ted Ladue
3rd Don Baker

Pro Divsion

1st Cole Shipp
2nd Jason Lee 


FREESTYLE
Open Division

1st Joseph Morrison
2nd Ty Rockwell

3rd Chantz Keller

Legends Division

1st Gene R Lott

2nd Don Baker

3rd Brandon Fry

Pro Division

1st Bee Jo

2nd Márcio DaGuedes Gomes

Joseph and Me in my Shred Shirt on a hot hike up chat.
Gene shirtless ripping
Cole and J Lee taking 1st and 2nd PRO BX in front of judge Matty
Ty doin' the ting off the big deal
Ambiance of Melissa's Freestyle vantage point 
Ryan a.k.a Ryno sunset shirtless chest protector 360
Wide-angle of The Jewel
Marcio a.k.a MDG getting work done Freestyle



12 de set de 2015

The Return to Chaos 2015! Enjoy The Ride's review - brazilian portuguese version!


Cartaz desse ano de 2015
The Return to Chaos 2015, um evento celebrado pelos seus organizadores como o retorno de uma era dourada do Mountainboard Americano quando realizavam o Chaos in Kansas, um evento que há 10 anos atrás marcou época, tanto pela qualidade da pista – The Jewel, quanto pela presença dos melhores pilotos do país.
Anuncio para revista do Chaos In Kansas IV em 2005
E esse ano não foi diferente, além de muito esperado pela sua fama, também foi o primeiro evento do ano no Estados Unidos.
The Jewel - Vista do Boardercross - Foto: Alex Rossiter Mountainboards NW

The Jewel - Vista do Freestyle - Foto: Alex Rossiter Mountainboards NW
Ele aconteceu no último dia 05 de setembro, em South Haven/Kansas na propriedade do Mr. Zak Heberly


Mr. Zak Heberly - o anfitrião - Foto: Brandy Lynn
Para mim também foi um evento muito marcante, meu primeiro campeonato em terras americanas e, a pedido da galera presente, competi na PRO Division depois de 10 anos competindo como Master no Brasil e há dois anos afastado das competições e das pistas de terra.
Márcio DaGuedes - " ah maravilhosa sensação de botar pra baixo novamente em The Jewel"   Foto: Melissa Michler Mountainboards NW 
E o resultado não poderia ser melhor, dois pódiuns:

Márcio DaGuedes - Acertando a linha em The Jewel - Foto:  Alex Rossiter Mountainboards NW
3º lugar no Boardercross compartilhando o pódium com nada mais nada menos que Cole Shipp em primeiro e Jason Lee em segundo.
Márcio DaGuedes - backflip valendo para o freestyle PRO Division - Foto: Emily Smith-Zurawski
2º lugar no Freestyle compartilhando o pódium com Bee Jo em primeiro e Devin Garland em terceiro! Como dizem por aqui, I'm Stocked!
Pré Competição, aquecimento e diversão juntos - Foto:  Kevin L Delaney dirtheads.com
Uma atmosfera que respirou montainboard durante todo feriado do Labor Day (dia do trabalho nos Estados Unidos).
The Jewel - South Haven, Kansas - Foto: Melissa Michler Mountainboards NW
Equipe MBS marcando presença - Foto: Brandy Lynn
Legends voltando de uma bateria no boardercross - Foto: Brandy Lynn
Show Room e test drive da nova Linha MBS presente - Foto: Emily Smith-Zurawski
E lá, ficamos acampados sem mais nada para fazer, só curtir aquilo tudo. E em busca de uma sombra, coisa rara por sinal.
O clima? Quente e seco, com temperaturas acima dos 105ºF, ou 40º Celsius tornando a pista seca e técnica do início ao fim. Salvos apenas pelo vento que soprou forte e além de amenizar o calor, deu uma segurada na velocidade.
Matty Dirtmonk Kenoyer que junto com Zak Heberly reformaram The Jewel e organizaram o evento - Foto: Melissa Michler Mountainboards NW
E o paraíso pode estar "in the middle of nowhere" como me disse Mr. Zak
Foto: Melissa Michler Mountainboards NW
Tenho muito a agradecer a receptividade de todos, todos nós pareciamos ser "brothers" de longa data, e eramos, amizades formadas na comunidade do mountainboard, por mais de 10 anos, 15 talvez, muitas pessoalmente, outras apenas na redes sociais. E também muitas novas amizades construídas.
Gene R Lott e Patrick Thomas - Foto: Brandy Lynn
Gene e Márcio DaGuedes, anos de amizade no Facebook e agora amigos ao vivo!
Foto: Gene R Lott 
Fim de session no domingo pós evento, inesquecíveis momentos de descontração
Foto: Melissa Michler Mountainboards NW
E também uma nova geração de riders que lá tiveram a oportunidade, como eu, de conhecer nossos "heróis" e suas intermináveis histórias sobre nosso esporte.
"Nova geração" atenta a tudo sempre - Foto: Brandy Lynn
 The heroes! The Return to Chaos' Legends - Foto: Emily Smith-Zurawski
O evento foi o momento de realmente conhecermos uns aos outros, compartilharmos o grid largada e as curvas da "The Jewel". Sensação essa que quem anda sabe, indescritível!
Aqui a gente se encontrava - Foto: Melissa Michler Mountainboards NW
Trocava uma idéia e partia - Foto: Melissa Michler Mountainboards NW
E pra lá ia de novo ao final - Foto: Melissa Michler Mountainboards NW
Enfim, poderia escrever laudas e laudas sobre o evento. Mas vamos resumir em alguns tópicos:

Amigos do Brasil, venham estamos em casas;

Amigos dos Estados Unidos, muito obrigado pela recepção;

Galera da Amador, vocês estão andando muito;

Galera da PRO, que show de rolé fiquei lisonjeado de poder fazer parte dessa elite novamente;

Legends, sempre andando muito mostraram garra e também que há rolé depois dos 40 (apesar de eu já fazer parte dos time dos "enta" também, hehehe)!

Organização, vocês foram impecáveis, o evento rolou perfeitamente do início ao fim!

Agradecimento especial a equipe Shred Life - Mountainborads NW que me adotou na viagem e tornaram mais esse sonho possível: Alex RossiterJD, Melissa Michler Chantz Keller (The Shred Life Coffee Man y otras cositas mas)  
RAM 1500 como viatura oficial - Foto: Márcio DaGuedes
Esquerda para Direita: Alex Rossiter, Chantz Keller, JD e Eu. Nós vamos bagunçar a cena!
Foto: Márcio DaGuedes
Casal Shred Life Mountainboards NW, recém noivados, Alex Rossiter e Melissa Michler
Foto: Márcio DaGuedes
As imagens lá embaixo, falam por si só!


Enjoy The Rideeeeeee!

Resultados Oficiais:

BOARDERCROSS
Open Division

1st Ty Rockwell

Legends Division

1st Patrick Thomas
2nd Ted Ladue

Pro Divsion

1st Cole Shipp
2nd Jason Lee 


FREESTYLE
Open Division

1st Joseph Morrison
2nd Ty Rockwell

3rd Chantz Keller

Legends Division

1st Gene R Lott

2nd Don Baker

3rd Brandon Fry

Pro Division

1st Bee Jo

2nd Márcio DaGuedes Gomes



BIG THANKS go out to all of our riders and sponsors for helping us make this event possible and a success. We couldn't have done it with out all of you!!
A porteira do paraíso - Foto: Emily Smith-Zurawski
Alex Rossiter muito a vontade - Foto: Melissa Michler Mountainboards NW
Matty e Don Baker - Foto: Brandy Lynn
Loja MBS aberta no meio do nada em Kansas - Foto: Brandy Lynn

Emily Smith-Zurawski sempre a frente com o marido Matty Dirtmonk Kenoyer Foto: Brandy Lynn
E Emily Smith-Zurawski num momento Enjoy The Ride! Foto:  Alex Rossiter Mountainboards NW

Bee Jo vencendo no Freestyle PRO Division - Foto: Emily Smith-Zurawski

Bateria Boardercross Legends Division - Foto: Emily Smith-Zurawski

Bateria Boardercross PRO Division - Foto: Emily Smith-Zurawski

Bee Jo estileira até nas mais simples - Foto: Emily Smith-Zurawski
 Foto: Melissa Michler Mountainboards NW

E teve pedido de casamento! Felicidades ao casal Shred Life Mountainboards NW
Alex Rossiter & Melissa Michler
Marcio DaGuedes - Foto:  Alex Rossiter Mountainboards NW
Marcio DaGuedes - Foto:  Alex Rossiter Mountainboards NW
The Medals - Foto: Emily Smith-Zurawski
Ari Coats levando todas na Women Division - Foto: Brandy Lynn
Podium Boardercross PRO Division - Foto: Brandy Lynn

Podium Freestyle PRO Division - Foto: Brandy Lynn
Podium Boardercross Legends Division - Foto: Brandy Lynn
Podium Freestyle Legends Division - Foto: Brandy Lynn

Podium Boardercross AM Division - Foto: Brandy Lynn
Podium Freestyle AM Division - Foto: Brandy Lynn