Snowboarding: Red Bull Heavy Metal event is Sunday in Duluth

Street snowboarders to showcase their skills at Cascade Park.

Minnesota native Benny Milam performs a "nosepress" at the Red Bull Lakehouse Feburary 11, 2021, in Chisago City, Minnesota. Top-level street snowboarding returns to Duluth with the Red Bull Heavy Metal event at Cascade Park Sunday in Duluth. Photo courtesy of Ryan Taylor / Red Bull Content Pool
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Top-level street snowboarders will showcase their skills at the “Red Bull Heavy Metal” snowboarding event Sunday afternoon at Cascade Park in Duluth.

Last held in Duluth in 2003, Red Bull Heavy Metal will feature elite street snowboarders navigating a variety of unique obstacles and lines in a confined space ideal for spectators.

The event, spearheaded by Minnesota native Benny Milam, is free and open to the public and features three zones:

  • Competition at “The Tower Zone” begins at 1 p.m. This zone features the contest’s biggest jumps and airtime, with riders potentially blasting out the tower window to a 15 to 20 foot drop.
  • “The Playground Zone” is set for 2:30 p.m. and is the contest’s most technical zone, with “down bars, transfers, trees, tables, and lots of fun options for riders to show off their personal style,” according to a release from Red Bull.
  • “The Metal” is 4 p.m. and is “the contest’s heaviest zone, including the infamous kink rail, stairs, closeout handrails, and an abundance of lines for the brave of heart.”

There will be an awards ceremony at 5:30 p.m.
Riders will have a “warm-up day” from 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday at Spirit Mountain.

The confirmed roster of more than 40 male and female riders includes Milam (Chisago City, Minnesota), the Dew Tour Streetstyle Best Trick winner, as well as 2021 Dew Tour Women’s Streetstyle winner Lexi Roland (Bloomington, Minnesota).


Winter X Games gold medalist Zeb Powell (Waynesville, North Carolina) and a pair of Minneapolis stalwarts, X Games silver medalist Ryan Paul and Danyale Patterson, who was featured in Vice Magazine for progressing the sport of women’s snowboarding, are also part of the lineup. Several riders from Duluth are also expected to compete, hoping Cascade Park provides a familiar “home field” advantage.

Judges will also include Minnesota street snowboarding specialist Tommy Gesme, snowboard legend Jeremy Jones and female street riding pioneer Jess Kimura.

Another street snowboarding legend, Minnesota native Joe Sexton, will serve as competition director for the event.

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