You guys all know how important Hyland Hills is to the snowboarding community, so we feel like we don't have to elaborate on how epic a time the Adidas Das Tables Tour stop was this past Super Bowl weekend... but just in case, here it is.
THE ADIDAS DAS TABLES EVENT AT HYLAND HILLS WENT OFF. THE SCENE IS STRONG IN THE MIDWEST.
If you haven't seen any of the countless edits that have come from this sanctuary of shred, you might not know why this stop was an obvious choice. The only thing you that you really need to know about the Midwest must-ride, is that Hyland is a snowboarder's paradise. With countless rail features and a 15mph tow rope feeding a constant barrage of hungry rippers, it wouldn't surprise us if they had the most tricks thrown down per minute out of any resort in the world--stylish ones at that. Producing some of the most prolific rail riders currently strapped in, the list of pros claiming Hyland Hills as their home hill is basically a modern-day Hall of Fame for influential jibbers.
Craig Cameron, Danimals, Justin Fronius, Tommy Gesme, Brady Lem, Zac Marben, Jake O.E., Ryan Paul, Joe Sexton, and many more got their start on the small set of hills in Bloomington, and Hyland honors that with their boards hanging in the rafters of its lodge. Just like the Vikings hung up Cris Carter's number, Hyland shows its history in snowboarding to every person that walks through the door. The only difference between the Vikings retired numbers and Hyland's hall of boards, is that Sexton, Fronius, Gesme, Lem and the crew still come back and ride whenever they can, and they don't wear shoulder pads while on the field of play. Alright, tangent over. Back to Das Tables.
Full to the brim with Jucy Lucys from the night before, the SNOWBOARDER Mag contingent involved with Adidas Das tables rolled up to Hyland Hills early in the morning to meet up with Cal Surf employees and one Matt "Boody" Boudreaux to finalize the days plan. The formula was simple: two tables, two setups, and two sessions. With fresh snow falling and the tables in place for the first round, a perfect storm for a good time was brewing. A large amount of riders had already signed up the day before at Cal Surf, so we knew that the stop was going to be heavy, but the only question left was HOW heavy?
In the most appropriate answer for a das tables recap that we could think of, the session was two heavy. With Boody as the head judge, Calvin Green, Matt Aura, Brandon and Alex Kirtland, John Lord, Zak Peterson, and a slew of local rippers hucked themselves across the tables in hopes of cash, adidas gear, and Beacon/Pepper DVDs being given out to riders as they lapped through. Tow ropes were a new addition to the mix, with all stops prior being hosted in hike-only spots, but we feel new is good when it means those that signed up and paid the $0.00 entry fee get more hits and chances for gear. Every inch of the set up was used for MJs, flips, 270s every which way and even a five guy slide across the picnic table at once. You heard it here first: five guys is no longer just a burger joint. And in Minnesota, that is fitting because there really shouldn't be any other burger joints talked about than the two that serve the OG Jucy Lucy.
After the first session, dubbed "Straight Line", was finished, the Hyland crew got to work setting the tables for the second course, "Turn It Up." Peter Harvieux picked up the mic and it was on. About as entertaining as the first course, in the afternoon session we saw what could possibly be the next viral trend in the #thehelmetchallenge (watch the video) go down, as well as some heavy ripping from our standouts on the day. Walking home with $3,000 in big checks, as well as Adidas gear, Luke Paster, Mike Skiba, Benton Obregon, Evan Wright, Alexis Roland and Billy Cotie took places on the podium with hoots and hollers being tossed out from everyone huddled on hill. All in all, the Das Tables event was a perfect fit at Hyland, and we can't thank Adidas, Cal Surf, and Hyland enough for making it happen!
Here's to one day hanging up a table in the rafters! Or maybe more fitting, we will just settle with a spot in the cafeteria! (Check out past Das Tables here!)