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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
|Marcio and Me sunset walk-up|
|Me padding up first thing Friday morning outside la casa|
|Me, Chantz, Jay hot-lapping|
|Team Shred Life + MDG|
|Don obviously facilitating a conference|
|Shred Life Logo|
|Me and Devin a.k.a."Da-Gnar" at the party poppin'fly gear|
|J-Lee rocking his brand-new Shred Shirt chopping it up with Joseph|
|Joseph doing his "Morrisson flip" upper jump in Freestyle|
|Team Shred Life + Jo|
|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.
1st Ty Rockwell
2nd Chantz Keller
3rd Alex Rossiter
1st Patrick Thomas
2nd Ted Ladue
3rd Don Baker
1st Cole Shipp
2nd Jason Lee
1st Joseph Morrison
2nd Ty Rockwell
3rd Chantz Keller
1st Gene R Lott
2nd Don Baker
3rd Brandon Fry
1st Bee Jo
2nd Márcio DaGuedes Gomes
3rd Devin Garland
|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|