Austin Hironaka and Austen Sweetin’s Excellent Rhythm Adventure at The Summit at Snoqualmie

Austen Sweetin with a miller flip on the ball. The power of the Schwartz aided him in getting the shot.
Aaron Cardwell lays out a backie. The jumps being very poppy made flips come naturally.
Tanner McCarty made it up from the Ride offices to give a clinic on how to do a proper headplant. Clean in and clean out.
The wall of jump one was shaped into a qp for an impromptu tranny session to warm things up on day 2. Kevin Hansen tuck knee mute variation.
Multiple days of shovel work and riding the rowdy rhythmm course will work a body over. Hironaka rolls it out to warm up for another day.
DCP front three melon over jump three with that timeless style.
Todd Kirby didnt even know what he was doing here. A combination of a backside rodeo and a miller flip. Nailed on his first try.
Sweetin with a front three japan over jump three.
Derrek Lever with a front five over jump 5, the rowdiest in the line.
Snoop Lion and Johnny Chillsack just holding it down.
Hironaka san and a backside seven on jump five.
Shred slushy jumps in the sun all day and camp all night.
The morning camp routine was a casual one.
Party Board! Sweetin, Hironaka, Krugmire, Cardwell, Kirby, and the one known as

words and photos: Jeff Hawe

During the week of April 28 – May 2, Summit at Snoqualmie hosted an event dubbed, Hiro and Ten’s Excellent Rhythm Adventure. The name, simply put, is a reference to the rhythm course brainstormed by Austin Hironaka and Austen Sweetin. When these two get an idea for something to build they take it to Joe Pope and his crew at The Summit to make it happen. It started as an idea for a smooth flowing rhythm section of five jumps, much like a dirt jump track for bikes. With Sweeten in the passenger seat of the snowcat on the initial build day, the scale of the jumps grew a bit. It flowed smoothly, starting at a mellow twenty-foot gap up top to a fifty-footer at the end. There was little margin for error on this course. Too little speed and it was a knuckle into the wall, too much and it was a missed landing, blowing up and spinning off the next lip, worst case. There wasn’t much time to correct in between airs. It was rowdy, yet, once everyone got into the groove, some impressive lines went down. It was estimated that out of the fifteen or so seconds it would take to go top to bottom, fifty percent of that time was spent in the air. No sense in telling you more about the jumps, the photos will take it from here.

The rest of the story involves a good time had by all. Multiple days of hard shovel work culminated in one three-night camp out. The weather was as good as it gets on Snoqualmie Pass during spring, permitting a carefree tent city to pop up above the course. Bonfires and hotdogs were our aprés, which lasted late into the eve. Entertainment was constantly provided by numerous guest MC’s: Johnny Chillsack a.k.a. Sweeten and Snoop Tiger a.k.a. DCP kept the crowd entertained with commentary and live music, broadcast over what I’m claiming is the world’s most impressive boom box, compliments of Summit. Camping at the spot provided some extra time in the mornings to let the jumps soften while we baked ourselves in the early day sun. Simply put, Hiro and Ten’s Excellent Rhythm Adventure was stress free hangtime.