words by Mitch Thompson
We Landed in Korea 5 days before the event was due to start. Unknowing of how strict Korean rental car places are, we attempted to get one without an international license… This did not work. Thankfully, Rayne homie Brian Choi swooped by and took us to a rad hill about 4 hours away. If it weren’t for Brian we would have spent 5 boring days in Seoul, but instead we got to skate some of the best terrain here! Korea has a huge range of hills on offer and the diverse terrain offers new types of skating. We spent 4 days traveling around the countryside with the help of another Rayne Homie: Jaqusang! Be on the lookout for our doubles run down a thane destroying road with a ton of tight drifts!
I was fortunate to have my parents in Korea, and we met up with them for the drive to the hill. Unlike the skaters that went on the bus we were able to visit the race hill before the event. I was blown away! The hill was one thing: 8 back to back hairpins, a gnar chicane and straight away, but the event organization was next level. No event has ever had this type of organization. The toilets were even built just for this event! There was netting on all the drains and a ton of hay bales. The giant screens and awesome riders area at top and bottom were incredible!
The freeride day of the event came through quick, and this would be the first time everyone one else saw the hill. I’ve never seen so many jaws drop. Everyone was so stoked on this hill! Many people were questioning why it wasn’t an IDF World Cup event (should be next year). Everyone’s first runs were CHILL. The top was fun, but the bottom straight was terrifying. It was quick and not smooth. With the tight chicane at the bottom as well, the first 3 runs were jesus stance. After a day of skating the hill everyone found their groove and were hitting it hard. We bounced back to camp for an awesome night, with a full size stage and dj it was rad!