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If you’ve ever been at Postland’s annual indoor event you’d know why it’s called Rail Riots. The tow-rope-slope of Montana Snowcenter gets transformed to a park of Kas Lemmens’ creation. Banks everywhere and transition possibilities in every direction. The riders bar no holds in terms of snaking. Pretty often you’ll see more than one person standing on a rail, the lift is completely occupied, but still without any waiting lines.
The day started off early as the Postland crew arrived at the slope, only to find the first kids already there, skating around on the parking lot. Since there’s absolutely no structure to this “rail battle” the park was opened an hour before it was supposed to. There are no heats, no finals, just a full day of shredding. Don’t be surprised to find one of the judges snaking you.
Within minutes the slope flooded with the Dutch snowboard scene. It was clear by the turn up that this is one of the last remaining annual snowboard events in Holland.
To take a break from all the mayhem on the slope, some of the guys went for a dip at the nearby (closed) swimming pool. When they returned we held a mayhem session on the fence, and later a best trick session on the flatrail. Goodies were tossed, boards were broken, and boards were won.
In the end this is the top 3 the judges came up with were:
1. Dion Jansen
2. Jochen Greven
3. Klaus Schwarzer
After the price giving a small crew pulled back into the forest for a night of wild camping, barbecues, bonfires, beers, and other Dutch party fuel. An hour of sleep and a sloppy breakfast was all we got to prepare for day two. Officially it wasn’t Rail Riots anymore, but we convinced the management of the resort to leave the park for a couple more days.
A one day Riot is clearly not enough, so let’s definitely try to make it a 3 day camp again next year.