[2007] slalom st louis '07

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Post by Jonathan Harms » Sun May 13, 2007 12:50 am

LATEST INFO--NOTE 100-CONE RACE ON SUNDAY!!!

THE COURSES: As in previous years, they're gonna be "slalom," with courses varying from 40 to 100 cones. Push start only.

FRIDAY, MAY 25, we plan an afternoon/evening outlaw session at "Spot 2," a slightly steeper hill at the other end of the park. Single lane, no timer, just for fun.

SATURDAY, MAY 26, we plan a single-lane jam at "Spot 1," the same hill as previous years. Course will be a hybrid, with spacing anywhere from 6 feet to 20 feet, emphasizing speed and fun--makeable for newbies, challenging for experts to go fast on. Take as many runs as you want; fastest time wins.

Note: This year will be a little weird at first, because there are huge piles of wood chips on the road at the top, left over from several severe storms this winter and spring. The push start will be next to the piles, but we'll make sure it's blown and/or swept clean. Nothing to worry about, just a little odd-looking.

SUNDAY, MAY 27, we plan a dual-lane 100-cone race at "Spot 3," a hill at the opposite end of the park. Cones will be set straight (no offsets) but will follow the natural curves of the road, which bends right, then left, then back right again. Cone spacing will vary from about 6 feet at the start to about 7 feet at the end. You WILL wiggle!!!

RACE LOCATION: Tower Grove Park in south St. Louis. Friday's fun session will be on a slightly steeper hill with a mild left-hand bend at the top. Saturday's single-lane hybrid will be on the same hill as in past years, an S-shaped street with a mellow slope but plenty of speed.

SURFACE: EXCELLENT asphalt, good runout at the bottom--little or no footbraking required. The streets are very slightly crowned and not particularly steep, but you won't be hurtin' for speed.

1st place: $200.00
2nd place: $100.00
3rd place: $50.00

Custom trophies to top 3 finishers. Swag from ABEC11, Pavel, Pocket Pistols, plus several others in the works.

Map of area: http://maps.google.com/maps?oi=map&q=W+ ... s+Dr,+Sain t+Louis,+MO

Detailed map of race locations:
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ANY QUESTIONS? CALL JONATHAN HARMS AT (314) 497-4366 Floor space may be available here & there either at locals' houses or at visiting skaters' hotels. Call JBH or tawk amongst yuhselves.

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FREE PLACE TO STAY!!!

Post by Jonathan Harms » Mon May 14, 2007 3:58 pm

FREE PLACE TO STAY!!!

I talked to Jeff "Chainsaw" McCullar this weekend, and he asked me to tell everyone that he has room for several more people at his house. He lives with a friend and has at least four couches and plenty of floor space.

So if money's tight, skip the chain hotels and consider a night or two at a "Hotel Chain(saw)." PM me for details, or call me at (314) 497-4366.

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Post by Jeff Mccullar » Wed May 16, 2007 3:03 am

JUST FINALLY REMEBERED MY PASSWORD TO THIS SITE OR GIVE ME A CALL FOR FLOOR SPACE 314-606-2141 HOLLA ITS GOING TO BE SOO SO SO ON!!!

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Post by Eddy Martinez » Tue May 22, 2007 7:53 pm

JBH you should be getting a box of goodies from Pavel that Donald sent within the next few days. I will see you soon Sir Johnathan of The Rusty Dagger.
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Post by Jonathan Harms » Tue May 22, 2007 9:01 pm

Ja wohl!

Muchas gracias!

Yee haw!

:-)
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Post by Laura Bissell » Wed May 23, 2007 11:05 pm

Hey guys...

I'm really sorry, but I just can't make it this year. The budget is tight and gas prices are just redonk...

I tried finding some folks to ride with, and my sister was going to go up to visit family and I would have only had to drive up to where the Oxford skatepark is... but gas prices and the IRS and everything... it just isn't happening for me, and I'm sick about it.

Ya'll have a safe race- I'll see you all again soon.

JBH- take it easy on 'em. ;)
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Post by Jonathan Harms » Wed May 23, 2007 11:17 pm

D'oh! Bummer. :-( I'm really sorry to hear that you won't be able to make it, Laura.

Here's hoping you'll find a couple of hundred-dollar bills, um, like under a rock or something. :-)

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Post by Stephen Lavin » Wed May 23, 2007 11:41 pm

Laura, what happened to going to Paris and only wearing black socks?
LAVIN

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Post by Laura Bissell » Thu May 24, 2007 3:36 pm

I just changed jobs, couldn't take the time off, so Paris was out.

I'll see you all at worlds, I'm moving to North Carolina in September!!!

Unless of course I decide to max out the credit cards and come up and sleep on chainsaw's floor... hmmmm.... still an option.

I can't get in touch with my cousins and they're supposed to come to the race, so if you see a bunch of curly-haired girls with my smile, say hello!
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Post by Chris Favero » Thu May 24, 2007 4:09 pm

the Dodge "Shagnum" is going thru prelaunch check and will be making a stop in mokena to pick up Lavin.cfav
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Post by Dave Larson » Thu May 24, 2007 4:32 pm

Leavin here at 12:00. To Sun Prairie, pick up Tom. On to Motel 6 Fenton.Seeya Chris
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Post by Jonathan Harms » Thu May 24, 2007 8:12 pm

Laura Bissell wrote:Unless of course I decide to max out the credit cards and come up and sleep on chainsaw's floor... hmmmm.... still an option.
Don't max out the cards! There's always the casinos. :-)

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Maybe after seeing this, Laura will come up here after all--if only to beat the crap out of me! :-)

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Post by Laura Bissell » Thu May 24, 2007 9:25 pm

that wouldn't be very zen of me, now would it Harms?

I like the picture.

Anywhoo... yep. Apparently Ellen's little Ariel has the chicken pox, and I was going to stay with her, but...

I don't know, I'm so wishy washy, I don't know what I'm doing.
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Post by Jeff Mccullar » Fri May 25, 2007 6:40 pm

Kitty Cat has arrived at the Chainsaw's abode. Chainsaw & Seth are cool dudes for opening up their home to a bunch of smelly, roudy skateboarders!

Last night, I slept in the most comfortable bed I have EVER slept in.
Ya'll are going to have to fight me for it! I'm not givin' it up!

It's not going to rain, it's not going to rain, it's not going to rain.............

We're going to have fun!

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Post by Cat Young » Fri May 25, 2007 6:45 pm

Oops--- I just posted the last post under Jeff's name!

Sorry Charlie!
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Post by Jonathan Harms » Fri May 25, 2007 7:05 pm

That's OK. Anyone should've known it wasn't Chainsaw--all the words were spelled right! :-)

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Post by Noah Heinle » Fri May 25, 2007 7:26 pm

....and you used proper punctuation.

Good luck this weekend guys. ....watching you and the Parisians from the daycare center.

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Post by Eddy Martinez » Sat May 26, 2007 12:40 am

Well I made it as far as the airport and was caught in a freak rainstorm. The water was knee deep. My fligt was cancelled. I got a hold of Zak in Houston, same problem. Spoke to Gumby and Cat both are in St Louis they also have rain there, but are STOKED to be around some of the coolest people in our sport. Your Amigo Eddy The SOAKED Texas Outlaw/Pavel Skates.
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Post by Jeff Goad » Sat May 26, 2007 3:55 am

some rain , but all went down just fine!
well see what tomorrow brings.
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Post by Cat Young » Sat May 26, 2007 3:45 pm

Eddy & Zack--- We miss you!

It rained all night long! We'll see if we can get the road dry enough to race--- I think we can pull it off if Mother Nature cooperates.

More later.
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Post by Jeff Goad » Sat May 26, 2007 5:27 pm

hay i have a idea let talk about rain.
well the truth be told it's 10:30am and the street outside my house is 90% dry.
sorry folks it looks like we will have to race, shit i hoping just to get drunk
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Post by Jeff Goad » Sun May 27, 2007 1:43 pm

is that rain?
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Post by Stephen Lavin » Mon May 28, 2007 4:52 am

I just got back in from the St. Louis weekend. Even though it rained midway thru the second qualifying run in TS today I had a great time. Everybody hold a glass high and toast big this weekend for the Dagger crew for throwing a great race weekend. Thank you folks for all your efforts!

Midwest was well represented at the event and and it was good to see 4 of the 9 top positions in Saturday's race went to the CHIxILL crew; Hollien, Oles, Favero, Lavin. Gumby, way to represent the Texas crew and congrats on your trophy today - you're smooth as glass man.

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Post by Eddy Martinez » Mon May 28, 2007 4:59 am

Congrats to Skaterbuilt Rider Gumby aka Mark Gosser and also a Texas Outlaw. We will party when you get back home bro. You made Texas Proud. Your Amigo Eddy O G Texas Outlaws/Pavel Skates
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Post by Jonathan Harms » Mon May 28, 2007 6:11 am

Rain? Ain't no rain. Oh, wait, there was rain. We didn't get to finish the race today, but I think everyone still had fun. Damn, 100 cones IS a long way.

Everyone got one qualifying run, a few more got two before the sky opened up. Everyone scrambled to get themselves and their equipment out of it. There was no chance of continuing, so we called it off around 3:00 p.m. and gave out the HUGE amount of swag from our generous sponsors:

Abec11 (Powerballs, BigZigs, ZigZags)
Bennett Truks (two sets!)
CHIxILL (one--or was it two?--boards, other goodies)
Concrete Wave magazine (mags, stickers, banners)
Juice magazine (HEAVY box)
Khiro (dozens of items)
Pavel (foamcore Gunner!)
Pleasure Tool (those sought-after green ones)
Pocket Pistols (two decks, cool stickers)
Radikal trucks (wedges, gift certificate)
Seismic (trucks and wheels, T-shirt)*
SK8KINGS (hats, shirts, stickers)
Todd Schweinbold (Vans/O'gio/Alien Workshop rep)--deck, shirts, HOSOI backpack!

*Special thanks also to Dan Gesmer for graciously providing his race spreadsheet software, which is another nice form of sponsorship.

Ellen, thanks for the computer. Mary H. and Lisa B. (and 66 and Chainsaw), thanks for recording the times. Garrett and (darned if I can remember his daughters' and their friends' names), thanks for coneheading.

I'm sure I left out many others, but overall, thanks to everyone who came and helped make Slalom St. Louis so much fun. I didn't have time to take many action photos, but my photos are online at http://sports.webshots.com/album/559187 ... ost=sports (if that doesn't work, try http://community.webshots.com/user/harmsjb and click on the Slalom St. Louis 2007 album.
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Post by Tom Mangelsdorf » Tue May 29, 2007 12:19 pm

Talk about going the extra mile. JBH et al got a weed burner to manually speed the drying process on the road. Tedious, manual labor, but they did it. 1st class operation all the way. Thanks guys!
Gravity is a terrible thing to waste.

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Post by Laura Bissell » Tue May 29, 2007 3:56 pm

Eddy Martinez wrote:Congrats to Skaterbuilt Rider Gumby aka Mark Gosser and also a Texas Outlaw. We will party when you get back home bro. You made Texas Proud. Your Amigo Eddy O G Texas Outlaws/Pavel Skates
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hahahaha, check out the "come hither" look!

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STL 2007

Post by Paul Graf » Tue May 29, 2007 7:43 pm

Thank you, to eveyone that made it to Slalom St. Louis 2007.

The Mississippi Crew - Clifton, The Byrds & Frank I was disappointed I didn't get to race Frank. We will meet in the starting box again my friend.

Keith - Thanks for being a St. Louis regular. Congrats on the 2nd Place. 1/100 of a sec. was too close.

Gumby "the lone Texan" - Congrats on 3rd place. I hope I can catch up with you some day.

The Whole ChixILL Crew - The Favero Family, Tod, Stephan & Dave.

Tom Manglesdorf - I hope to make it to you race soon too!

Jeremy - I'm glad you came down & thanks for shuttling me back & forth all weekend.

Cat - You made the long trip from Cal. It was a pleasure to meet such a nice skater for the 1st time.

Rick (aka 66) - a St. Louis race without you is not the same.

Bara - same as Ricks comment.

to the rest of the Daggers - Congrats JBH, Goad thanks for starting all this, Chainsaw thanks for keeping this running smooth. Ben, you keep on getting faster.

to anyone I forgot - thanks for showing up!!

Even tho we got rained out I hope everyone had a great time, I sure did

PG

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Post by Tom Mangelsdorf » Wed May 30, 2007 8:15 pm

Hey Paul - Love to have you come to the Sun Prairie race. The problem with you and all the people that have signed up so far is that you're too fast. It ensures a LAST place finish again for me this year. So if you're coming, bring some slow friends so I can have a chance at climbing out of the cellar. =P
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Post by Paul Graf » Wed May 30, 2007 8:58 pm

Tom Mangelsdorf wrote:Hey Paul - Love to have you come to the Sun Prairie race. The problem with you and all the people that have signed up so far is that you're too fast. It ensures a LAST place finish again for me this year. So if you're coming, bring some slow friends so I can have a chance at climbing out of the cellar. =P
Tom,

Its your race, so you can make the rules. I often travel with JBH, so I know how you feel.
It's all good

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Post by Cat Young » Thu May 31, 2007 11:44 pm

Thanks to Chainsaw & Seth for providing accomodations for all of us!

I never knew what a men's locker room smelled like--- now I do!

Chainsaw chauffeured us around the whole time--- thanks Chainsaw.
I tried to keep the back seat driving to a minimum!

Goad & his family were the consummate hosts. If they ever want to send their little Sasha (Princess Salsa!) to California--- I'll take her! She is one cool chick!

Jonathan Harms took Gumby & I to the Arch on Monday. We also got to skate a beautiful park by his house & a killer parking garage after dark. I know there is video somewhere. A good time was had by all!

Thank you Jonathan for taking care of everyone & also to the Goads & Chainsaw for putting on a great race.

Good to meet everyone--

Tod Oles, I didn't get to talk to him much, but he is an amazing skater & probably has done more in his lifetime than all of us put together!

Tom Mangelsdorf & Dave Larson--- what a couple of great guys!

Paul Graf made some killer trophies--- too bad I couldn't have brought one home!

Good to see the Byrds again. Lisa is the perfect mom! Sarah, remember----- there is NO crying in slalom. Just get pissed & use that to your advantage!

Bara's tough Detroit attitude doesn't fool anyone. He is a pussy cat! And.... if anyone needs entertainment at their next party, call Chris! He had us in stitches the whole time!

66 is just as smooth as silk.... what can I say?

I know why Eddy loves Gumby so much, he is an absolute joy to be around.

Gabe is a character! He makes some beautiful boards!
Frank is as nice as can be... I don't care what anyone says!
Clifford.... well.... that is one class act. He will give you the shirt off his back & if it doesn't fit, he'll get you another one! I love him! Thanks for getting everyone morning coffee!

Lavin is a riot! Thanks for giving us the peep show in the parking lot! I think Mary Goad got pictures!

Ben--- nice to finally meet you! You always had a big smile!

CFav & all the little Favs--- great family!

Keith tries to be all business, but we got him to crack a few smiles!

I took quite a few pics of everyone doing everything except racing! Sorry it took so long. Here is the link:

http://s189.photobucket.com/albums/z125 ... is%202007/

I'll be back to St Louis next year for sure! I love that town!
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Post by Stephen Lavin » Mon Jun 04, 2007 1:59 am

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Post by Cat Young » Thu Jun 07, 2007 7:40 pm

Click on "media link" below movie to view.

http://www.ourmedia.org/node/319568


Thank you Jonathan--- it was great fun!
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Post by Tom Mangelsdorf » Mon Jun 11, 2007 5:17 pm

GREAT VID!
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