Angie’s Curves 2014 Photo Feature by Jake Grove
Words and Photos: Jake Grove
Racers from around the world came together in the scorching heat of Pala, California for the Second Annual Angie’s Curves, taking on the course referred to as the gnarliest track in the IDF. Maneuvering through the various curves and turns in the triple digit temperatures, riders burned through wheels and took out hay bales in a battling to speed past each other and advance to the next round. Sector 9 went all out this year, with a total prize purse of $14,600 and the addition of a live feed on the event.
I found a ride with some friends up to the hill the week before, and with my camera gear and board ready to go, I jammed myself into the back seat and set off to drive up to the spot.
After looping through the different roads and neighborhoods of Pala with the constant change of iphone directions and people getting in and out of the packed car to skate around, we spotted Louis Pilloni driving by and followed behind him to the hill. We swept hay and debris off the hill the rest of the day and then returned to some shenanigans at the campsite. The next morning we woke up to a packed campsite, full of riders who had shown up the night before and were preparing for practice day.
Over 2,500 hay bales were stacked around Angie’s Curves prior to the event to keep people from going off the cliffs. We had swept all the loose hay off of the hill the day before, and in the triple digit weather even that was brutal. Big ups to all the volunteers who stacked all the hay bales and helped out the rest of the weekend.
The next day, qualifying runs were taking place and riders quickly stepped up their game. Refraining to break tuck longer and longer through the straight away, there was some added competition to fight for the fastest time and win $1,000 worth of Michelin tires.
Qualifying day was over and after eating a bunch of Wahoos burritos on the hill, we headed back to the campsite in the packed Muir van driven by Mr. Tibs. After some agitated passengers got thrown into the wall of the van by Tib’s campsite drifting, the doors opened and everyone hopped out. We grabbed our boards and headed over to the Pala skatepark for the Gullwing Deathrace.
Gullwing put together two man heats and set up a course through half of the skatepark, leaving the other half open for everyone else to shred. The race went by pretty quickly with riders pushing off as hard as they could and pumping through the transitions, racing to the other side to advance to the next heat. The sun was soon down and Mercado was on the grill, cooking up some tacos for everyone outside the park.
Race day had come, and riders were all over the campsite tweaking their setups and putting freshies on. Tibs was soon driving around the campsite blasting some good ol’ ‘merican rock and roll and yelling out the window with an accent no one could understand. After speeding through the turns up the hill in the Muir van, we were at the top and the sponsors were setting up their tents preparing for the crowds of spectators to come. The Pala Indians blessed the riders and the green flags were up, leaving the course empty for riders. Racing was on.
Sector 9 put together a live streaming of the event, sharing the footage with a worldwide audience of thousands. If you haven’t yet, watch it. The whole video of the event was recorded and posted online.
Lots and lots of hay was taken out through turn #6, and then cleaned up by the volunteers, and then knocked down again, and so on.
Angie’s Curves 2014 was coming to an end and the finals heat had been organized. With Jimmy Riha, Kevin Reimer, Dillon Stephens, and Zak Maytum battling out for the title of first place and $5000, the competition was on. With the riders advancing and falling behind one and other, spectators gathered at the finish line to wait for the winner to complete the course.
The cluster of riders emerged from the trees of turn #9 and as they approached the finish line, K-Rimes took first place. Dillon Stephens took 2nd, Zak Maytum with 3rd, and Jimmy Riha finished 4th. After a bunch of high fives to the riders, the Muir Van and U-Hauls loaded up with riders and spectators, and returned to the top of the hill for the podium.
Big thanks to Angie Wolf, Louis Pilloni, all the sponsors, the volunteers, the Pala Indians and everybody else who made this event happen. Angie’s Curves 2014 was sponsored by Sector 9, Gullwing Truck Co., R.A.D. Designs, Michelin Tires, IDF Racing, Zico Coconut Water, Wahoos, and The Ian Tilmann Foundation.
1st – Kevin Reimer
2nd – Dillon Stephens
3rd – Zak Maytum
4th – Jimmy Riha
5th – Sebastian Hertler
6th – Brendan Davidson
7th – Carlos Paixão
8th – Patrick Switzer
1st – Connor Ferguson
2nd – Dane Hanna
3rd – Alex Charleson
4th- Oscar Gutierrez
1st – Elena Corrigall
2nd – Marie Bougourd
3rd -Georgia Bontorin
4th – Emily Pross
That’s all. Be sure to watch next years race and if possible come out to the event. Thanks for reading! Now get on a board and do your thing You can check out the full Angie’s Curves 2014 photo album here.