Red Bull Heavy Metal, the single-day street snowboard contest that features the most progressive rail riding in the world, will take place in Detroit’s Hart Plaza on February 11th.
After reviving the street jam last winter in Duluth, MN after a 19-year hiatus, Benny Milam takes the event to Downtown Detroit with the help of Grace Warner, beloved local and Red Bull’s newest snowboard athlete.
Both will welcome over 40 of the world’s top street snowboard athletes as they descend onto the rails, gaps and walls of the Motor City.
Red Bull Athletes Zeb Powell, Luke Winklemann and Jesse Augustinus, etc, will be there. In addition, Joe Sexton returns as competition director. The Bomb Hole’s Chris Grenier and Ethan Stone will also return as the event’s hosts.
The course will feature three distinct zones:
* Zone One – The Wall: This is the contest’s most unique zone, with a 20ft slab of concrete playing host to the bravest of souls who aim for the top. Look out for a variety of stalls, handplants, and you may even see some stylish tricks go down if riders choose to use this as a bank.
* Zone Two -The Kink Rail: This is the contest’s technical zone. The section will feature a down flat down kink rail, descending a set of stairs, wedged between the walls of Hart Plaza. You will see a mixture of heavy rail tricks and possibly even someone going rail to wall.
* Zone Three – The Down Rail: The contest’s final zone, it will feature a 50ft down rail cascading the steps of the Hart Plaza amphitheater, with a picturesque view of Detroit in the background. Riders will be putting it all on the line with imaginative runs in the contest finale, look out for some next level moves and “never been done” (NBD) rail tricks in this section.
What: Red Bull Heavy Metal
When: Saturday, February 11, 2023
Where: Hart Plaza (1 Hart Plaza, Detroit, MI)
Time: 1:00 p.m. gates open/ 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m./ 6:30 p.m. awards ceremony