Photos: Top Speed Challenge (Ultime Descente)

 In Photos

The fastest man on a speedboard, Pete Connolly slows it down after hitting 147.73 KM/H.
The fastest man on a speedboard, Pete Connolly carefully and slowly reduces his speed after hitting 147.73 KM/H.

This year’s Top Speed Challenge (Ultime Descente) was literally one for the books. Speed records of various disciplines were shattered thanks to a nuking tailwind on Saturday afternoon. But, at the end of the day, only one man can walk away with fastest time. That man was Pete Connolly, hailing from the UK.

Much more speedboarding action after the jump.

Max Capps has been proving himself all year long.
Max Capps has been absolutely murdering all season long. He was the first to break Kyle Wester‘s record by going just under 146 KM/H.

The vast majority of riders had extremely complex set ups but chose to go back to the classic speedboard days.
Most people had extremely complex set ups but quite a few chose to sing an ode to the good old classic speedboard days.

Speedboarders from far and wide were in attendance at the event. OG Speedboarder Douglas Dalua was maching and tinkering all weekend long.
Speedboarders from far and wide were in attendance at the event. OG Speedboarder Douglas Dalua was maching all weekend.
Emma Daigle “Outsideone” photograph.

Matt Kienzle keeping it casual.
One of the original SHM housemates keeping it casual and trying to have the most fun possible.
Emma Daigle “Outsideone” photograph.

The #LatexEverything mob was in full effect.
On the contrary, most riders were dead serious about going as fast as humanly possible. Subsequently, the #LatexEverything squad grew to larger sizes than ever before.

Anders Inde (Sweden) was by the far the most prepared downhill skateboarder present.
Anders Inde (Sweden) was by the far the most monetarily invested downhill skateboarder present at this year’s Top Speed Challenge.

Rockin' Rookie
Kebbek OG, Pascal “Rockin’ Rookie” Jean in the midst of the steepest part of the drop, trying his best to flow like a bird with the wind.

Gear
In between every run, the lion’s share would fiddle around with various setups and give it their all on the following attempt.

Adam The main part of team serious would try different wheels, disregarding usual sponsored rider accountableness.
Emma Daigle “Outsideone” photograph.

Max Vickers
Original Skateboards rider Max Vickers was present and was of many to join the 80 MPH club.

Zak
One of many intricate setups at the #topspeedchallenge. This one is Madrid Skateboards‘ pro Zak Maytum‘s.

Cedric Cornell
Cedric Cornell came all the way from Norway with one goal; to break 100 KM/H. The grizzled, up in years Sector 9, Gullwing Truck Co., & RAD wheels rider ended up walking away from the weekend proud with a 113.08 KM/H.

Interview In the small town of Les Éboulements, this event was the most extreme that they’ve seen. Reporters from far and wide gathered to shine a light on our sport. Emma Daigle “Outsideone” photograph.

After The Trap
Kebbek & Blood Orange ripper Emma Daigle spread her arms for deceleration after the speed trap.

Until Next Year
Hopefully we will see you all at next year’s event, we’re trying to convince the organizers to do head to head racing on day three.

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