Event Recaps

Top Watermen Compete in Inaugural Red Bull Heavy Water

Top Watermen Compete in Inaugural Red Bull Heavy Water

Connor Baxter surges through San Francisco Bay to victory in challenging SUP race The first ever Red Bull Heavy Water stand up paddle board race saw optimal weather conditions with sunny skies and challenging conditions of 6-8ft waves in San Francisco on October 19, 2016. Fifteen of the world’s best watermen were tasked to a grueling 12km (7.5 miles) battle of athleticism, with the ultimate victor Connor Baxter, 22, of Maui, HI, crowned Champion of Red Bull Heavy Water. A specialty event on the SUP World Championship Series, Red Bull Heavy Water required the perfect mix of paddling skills, ocean knowledge, supreme fitness and the courage to take on one of the most intimidating stretches of coastline in the world. The event truly lived up to its namesake, of the fifteen starters, 10 watermen achieved the lofty goal of completing the entire course. The heavy conditions manifested in overhead-plus...
California Enduro Series: That’s a Wrap

California Enduro Series: That’s a Wrap

A look back at the series’ 4th season By Patrick D. Rosso Amy Morrison pinned on the Ashland Mountain Challenge course. She took 3rd place in the race presented by Ashland Mountain Adventures, and went on to secure the top spot for Pro Women in the series overall, as well as 2nd in CES’ inaugural Golden Tour. Photo: Called to Creation. Domination is the only word that can describe Amy Morrison’s and Evan Geankoplis’ 2016 California Enduro Series season, as they clinched the overall title in Pro Women and Pro Men. The Marin/Rabobank teammates crushed the courses. The seven race series wasn’t easy for the athletes, nor was the competition, but with style and consistency the two made quick work of the field and pedaled to victory. “It was an amazing feeling and something I’ve worked hard on for a couple years,” commented Morrison. “My first enduro race was...
2016 California Enduro Series Round 6 (Golden Tour 2): Northstar Recap

2016 California Enduro Series Round 6 (Golden Tour 2): Northstar Recap

Racers take on loose moon dust and burly rocks over two days of action packed racing at Northstar California Resort Words by Liam Ruff • Photos by Called To Creation • Video by Mitchell Nuyens and Sebastian Bauer The sixth race of the California Enduro Series (CES) and second stop of the CES Golden Tour took place at Northstar California and challenged all competitors with loose moon dust and burly rocks over two days of action packed racing. For the past two seasons the Northstar CES race has been one of the most anticipated and technically challenging events of the series and this year was no different. Riders enjoyed two days of racing on some of California’s most demanding trails with a mix of pedaled and lift assisted transfer stages – a proper test of a rider’s technical skills as well as physical strength. The weekend started off with...
Downieville Classic 2016 Recap

Downieville Classic 2016 Recap

Another classic Classic goes down in MTB history By Liam Ruff Summiting the climb (Mike Oitzman). The Downieville Classic is a mountain bike race unlike any other event on the planet. It combines rugged mountain singletrack, serious racing, and absolute anarchy in four wild days in the Lost Sierra. The event is comprised of two separate days of racing and challenges riders’ mental and physical strength. Day 1 consists of a 29-mile point to point cross-country race with over 4,000 feet of climbing. The race starts with a climb known as the “Trail of Tears” and is extremely challenging, leaving all competitors deep in the pain cave. After the Trail of Tears racers descend Sunrise Trail and then traverse a fire road to the top of the “Baby Heads” section – a high speed jeep road littered with loose rocks the size of baby heads. After a few miles...
2016 California Enduro Series – Round 5: Ashland Mountain Challenge, Recap

2016 California Enduro Series – Round 5: Ashland Mountain Challenge, Recap

Fifth round of popular enduro series takes riders just over the California border into Ashland, Oregon Words and photos by Called To Creation; video by Sebastian Bauer and Mitch Nuyens Beautiful temps and perfect trail conditions greeted racers on July 16 at the fifth round of the California Enduro Series – the Hope Technology Ltd Ashland Mountain Challenge put on by the dedicated crew with Ashland Mountain Adventures. Just over the California border in Oregon, Ashland provided pine trails for miles and solid elevation gain/descend for four stages of amazing enduro action. Kathy Pruitt splits through the trees on stage 3 during practice. Riders weave through the moss-covered trees during practice Friday. A rider rails through the green switchbacks on stage 3 during practice. Cory Sullivan relaxes after his first stage race run at the top of stage 4. Nathan Riddle in the start gate on stage 4....
2016 California Enduro Series – Round 5: Ashland Mountain Challenge, Pro Podium

2016 California Enduro Series – Round 5: Ashland Mountain Challenge, Pro Podium

Fifth round of popular enduro series takes riders just over the California border into Ashland, Oregon Words and photos by Called To Creation A sell-out event, the Ashland Mountain Challenge boasted an amazing vibe with hundreds of enthusiastic riders ready to shred. Beautiful temps and perfect trail conditions greeted racers at the fifth round of the California Enduro Series – the Hope Technology Ltd Ashland Mountain Challenge put on by the dedicated crew with Ashland Mountain Adventures. Just over the California border in Oregon, Ashland provided pine trails for miles and solid elevation gain/descend for four stages of amazing enduro action. The Rabobank KOM / QOM was on the longest stage of the day – stage 3 – and paid both the fastest man and fastest woman in each category $100 for their quickest efforts. Pro Women’s podium. It was a long hard fought day in Ashland but local...
2016 California Enduro Series Round 4 / Golden Tour Round 1: VP EnduroFest at China Peak, Recap

2016 California Enduro Series Round 4 / Golden Tour Round 1: VP EnduroFest at China Peak, Recap

High Sierra race venue continues to shine as crowd favorite Words by Liam Ruff • Photos by Called To Creation • Video by Mitchell Nuyens and Sebastian Bauer For the past several years the China Peak Mountain Resort has been the location for technical riding, good times, and one of the most anticipated races of the California Enduro Series. This year the loose and chunky terrain of China Peak was the perfect way to start off the CES Golden Tour, three races that offer demanding riding and increased payouts to professional riders and greater media coverage. Boasting swimming holes, beautiful high Sierra scenery, and a unique remote atmosphere, the China Peak VP EnduroFest again proved itself as a very special event and one of the best enduro races in the state. The trails of China Peak are some of the most exciting and challenging of the CES lineup and...
Carson City Off-Road Bike Race and Festival

Carson City Off-Road Bike Race and Festival

The inaugural CCOR was epic from beginning to end by Kurt Gensheimer After a 22 mile climb racers were treated to amazing views. Photo: Brian Leddy The inaugural Carson City Off-Road was held on June 17-19, and judging by the sellout crowd and smiles all over Nevada’s Capitol City, the event was a huge success for this historic frontier town only a 20-minute drive from the emerald shores of Lake Tahoe. The city fully embraced the event put on by Epic Rides, an event management organization based out of Tucson, Ariz., known widely for good times on knobby tires like the Whiskey Off-Road and the 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo. The Carson City Off-Road was the final stop in the three event Off-Road Series, including the Whiskey Off-Road held in April and the Grand Junction Off-Road held in May. The $100,000 cash purse for Pro Men and Women...
Roadshow: 15th Annual Jay Moriarity Memorial Paddleboard Race Recap

Roadshow: 15th Annual Jay Moriarity Memorial Paddleboard Race Recap

2016 iconic event “The Jay Race” celebrates the inspiring life of surfing legend Jay Moriarity By Cathy Claesson The 2016 Jay Race, held in Capitola on June 18, marked 15 years of celebrating the inspiring life of Jay Moriarity. Adventure Sports Journal is proud to be one of the original sponsors of this grassroots event and The Jay Race has been a part of the ASJ Roadshow since the beginning. This year’s event was blessed with great weather and a field of athletes traveling from near and far. Hundreds of athletes and spectators came to enjoy the race in scenic Capitola. New Leaf Community Market was there with food and drinks and Adventure Sports Journal was lucky enough to be set up right next to them. The event featured a challenging 12-mile long course and a two-mile short course for both prone and stand-up paddleboarders. There was also the Waterman...
Mountain Monday: The Inaugural Broken Arrow Skyrace

Mountain Monday: The Inaugural Broken Arrow Skyrace

See that mountain top? Run to it. By Meggan Wenbourne The starting point of the Vertical K. I recently found myself at Squaw Valley Ski Resort outside of Lake Tahoe, California for a good ol’ fashioned footrace up the mountainside. This would mark my first race at elevation and having now completed it, I do not think it is going to be my last. This race series is the type of event you would expect to see in states like Colorado and Wyoming. However, with the increasing popularity of trail running in the Sierra, the Broken Arrow Race Series made an incredible debut in this mountain community and seems to have been very well received. Arriving at the village at Squaw, we were suddenly surrounded by giant mountains with snow still on their summits. With a rainstorm the morning of my race, I felt my confidence level dropping and felt...
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