At the turn of the century a group of intrepid street lugers followed destiny to a road leading to nowhere. Previously hidden to the world of gravity sports: Maryhill Loops Road was discovered. Built literally as an example of an epic road by Sam Hill in pursuit of a federal contract over a century ago, this now asphalted and privately owned, gated road remains unscathed by motor traffic. For Isaac Newton’s most extreme acolytes, this is paved nirvana. Hidden amidst the rolling, golden hills of Eastern Washington, the street lugers found themselves overlooking the Columbia River Gorge unaware of the how this discovery would attract the world. Gravity sports found its Mecca. It became the trial ground for any enthusiast. The pilgrimage to Maryhill is a rite of passage for young men and women seeking to find themselves on the black curves of fate. It became the birthplace of legends. Maintaining the tradition of discovering the world’s one true downhill champion, 2017 will be no exception. Racers will be tested as dreams become reality at their competition’s expense. People from all over the world of all ages and disciplines will fight for the podium that rises above the rest: Maryhill.
Street Lounge Productions is proud to introduce the first annual Maryhill Windwalk: a Music and Gravity Sports Festival happening throughout Labor Day weekend (September 1-3, 2017).
For the first time ever, there will be a multi-location music festival in conjunction with the downhill race. During the day, festival goers, spectators, and racers will migrate to the hill for the competition and party. They will be met with music, drinks, and the one helluva show. Ukrainian music producer, DJ EMZY will join other performers as they keep the party going for three whole days! When the day at the hill ends, everyone will return to the city of Goldendale for an epic after party, music show, food, drinks, and countless other shenanigans will be found at the festival ground: especially the party. The city of Goldendale has embraced graviteers for years has now agreed to help execute this groovy, music and gravity fueled undertaking.
Maryhill always attracted a wide spectrum of skill levels, all with the desire to push themselves in competition. Unique to Maryhill Windwalk 2017, there will be a tiered structure for the Open Skateboard competition. Two separate 96-man brackets will race for two separate podiums with different potential rewards. The Pros will race for a cash prize pool. Ams will race for prize packs provided by sponsors. This division of classes has been made to accommodate new or casual racers while maintaining the pureness and safety of higher level competition. Registering racers will have the option to chose one of these classes to race in but are not allowed to compete in both.
Other racing classes include: Groms (under 13), Juniors (under 16), Women’s, Master’s (Over 40), Inline Skate, Gravity Bikes as well as Trikes, and lastly Classic and Street Luge. No expected changes are to occur with the traditional format of these races. It has been a while since Gravity Bikes have raced the track, and it will be the first time Trikes will officially compete alongside the more traditional urethane classes. Every class (except groms) must have at least six competitors to race. Registration will open early 2017.
Please visit www.maryhillwindwalk.com or the Facebook event page @MaryhillWindwalk for up to date information and coverage.