Smokin Js is always looking for fun and interesting events for our Street Team. We’ve sent our Street Team crew to all kind of motorsports events, concerts, flame offs, and even Cannabis Cups. This week we sent our own Nikko Kamanuwai to a long boarding freeride event at the Mary Hill Museum in Washington State organized by the Maryhill Ratz.
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Last weekend was the race seasons first Maryhill freeride event. People from all around the world came to roll the mountain, see old friends, and make new ones. This was my first time going to a Maryhill event. There are 4 different Maryhill events in the race season. 3 free rides which means NO RACE, just straight cursing with the hommies at 40-45mph. It was everything I expected and more.
Maryhill is roughly about 3 miles long with banked lefts and rights, straight-aways, and little tunnel obstacles. It’s a closed road out in the Gorge that was built to test certain pavements, and for car commercials. The event is run by Dean Ozuna, a local who after years of tickets and being arrested for sneaking on the hill to skate when he was younger, he finally went the legit route and got a completely legit event started.
Top names like Matt Kinzel, Lee Caiton, Billy Bones, and Zach Maytum were just a few big names that showed up, plus the countless other shredders from all around. 60+ Texans 30+ Canadians, and a handful of people from other places.
The first day was awesome, me and 20 other volunteers put up the hay on the road and got to skate for three hours to ourselves. We left for the campsite around 5pm which was a beautiful spot next to the Columbian river. I brought lots of Smokin Js papers and free swag for campers. We shredded some herb and called it an early night to prepare for the next day.
I awoke with the sun our second day, arrived at the hill a little before 8am to help with everyone’s registration. 230 riders attended this freeride, most people at any of the free rides previously. The lines down the mountain were epic! 5 man packs all the up to 20 dudes riding at once. It was pretty crazy riding that fast with that many people. Lunch was provided, beer was drank, and weed was blazed. It was a beautiful day of skating for sure.
After the Maryhill session that day I was blessed enough to get a invite to a local hill called Rowena.
After that we headed back to camp and PARTIED. I’m positive everyone who was smoking joints was blazing our Smokinjs hemp papers, and I was getting compliments here and there about how good they burn! Those were the people who then got hooked up with discount cards hahaha such a good time with good people.
The last day was bittersweet. I was pretty beat from the past two days so I volunteered to be a spotter at corner 4 where I saw a bunch of action! It was definitely one the highlights of the trip. After my two hours were up I was skating as much as I could till we started closing up. Again at 5 we called it a day. Me and the rest of the volunteers loaded and offloaded they hay with a little help of session’s lager beer and nug. Said our goodbyes and started making our way home.
It was an epic experience that I’ll never forget , I can’t wait to return and I’m so glad I got to rep SmokinJs!