Written by Emily Pross Marketing and Communications Student
2016 has been a roller coaster ride so far for many, including myself, especially if you factor in the IDF racing season. This year my skateboard took me a lot further than down the neighborhood street, or across town. I found myself traveling across 9 countries, including Australia, Slovenia, and Norway. To compete on the International Downhill Federation’s (IDF) world cup circuit. With blood, tears, and a lot of sweat I battled it out among the world’s best riders for points. All for the glory of earning the title of Women’s World Champion for the second year in a row. Surprisingly, the hard work paid off, because not only did I find myself on top in the Women’s Category for the 2nd time in a row, but I also made the Top 10 in the open/men’s world rankings.
If your interested in how the IDF’s ranking and points system works click here for a write up I did earlier this year that helps explain it a bit better
In the beginning of the year, I found myself down under for the Mt. Keira IDF World Cup in Australia and the Mt. Ruapehu Gravity Festival in New Zealand. It was a dream come true traveling down there and the best part was that I got to see these countries on a skateboard. I met some many awesome people, and I cannot wait to return next year.
Here is a video from the point of view of rider CAllum Banks in an Open Quarter Final Heat at Ruapehu with, Myself, Max Ballesteros, and Josh Evans:
Midway through the season the IDF came to my “backyard” and a race was hosted on my home hill, the road I learned to downhill skateboard on. Checkout a little mic’d up run I did during a practice day:
Immediately after racing on my home turf. The circuit took a turn to up north to Killington, Vermont. To one of my favorite tracks. Riders descended the track with speeds in excess of 65mph. This race was also super special for me because I managed to make it to the semi finals in open.
After finishing up two more races in North America over in Washington State and Whistler, British Columbia. It was time to fly home for one day, unpack and repack my bags, then ship myself on out to Europe.
The first stop was Norway, for the TMI Lillehammar World Cup Race. We had some fun with an added practice day because the timing system malfunctioned on qualifying day. Here is another mic’d up run I did of the Lillehammar World Cup Track:
After that the circuit stopped by the Austrian Alps for the big and bad Almabtrieb IDF World Qualifier Event, on, yes, Loser Mountain. Unfortunately, it was wet all week during the event, so we didn’t get much skating in due to some extreme weather conditions. Here is a fun interview I did with SkateSlate and Longboardboardmagazine.eu during some down time at Almabtrieb.
After Almabtrieb we booked it out of the cold and wet Austrian Alps, and headed over to the Czech Republic for the Kozakov Challenge IDF World Cup. Kozokov is one of my favorite tracks on the entire circuit, and it was great to be able to race on a dry track. This was also myfinal IDF race of my 2016 season, so I had to make it count. Checkout another mic’d up run I did while at Kozakov:
Of course all these experiences would not have been possible without my amazing sponsors helping me through the 2016 racing season. I hope to continue the run next year!
Huge thanks to:
Additional Thanks to:
Ronin Trucks, Atopic Skate Supplies, Shady Tree Shades, Bam Bam Pucks, and Hondar Longboards