Snowboarders set for annual Throwdown' event

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Competitive fun Sunday at Little Red

The more you do something, the easier it gets.

So for Adam Balon, getting the sixth annual Propaganda Throwdown snowboarding contest up and running wasn't nearly as difficult as it once was.

"We know what kind of event we want to run now," said Balon, who owns and operates the Propaganda store on Central Avenue. "So the most important things for me are: (a) making sure we have prizes, and (b), making sure it's fun for the riders."

The more you do something, the easier it gets.

So for Adam Balon, getting the sixth annual Propaganda Throwdown snowboarding contest up and running wasn't nearly as difficult as it once was.

"We know what kind of event we want to run now," said Balon, who owns and operates the Propaganda store on Central Avenue. "So the most important things for me are: (a) making sure we have prizes, and (b), making sure it's fun for the riders."

To make it fun for all involved, Balon enlisted the help of some people at the Kinsmen Ski Centre to ensure the hill would be ready for the competition.

"We got a ton of help from Brian Gates at the ski hill," said Balon. "We took some of the ideas we've been using this year and put a fresh spin on them. We wanted to give the riders something new and unique."

And if that something makes the riders happy, then that's all that really counts for Balon.

"I love doing this," he said. "I love seeing smiles on the kids' faces and the progression of snowboarding in this city."

Last year there were 40-50 competitors at the Throwdown, held each year at Little Red River Park. And this time around, Balon expects similar numbers.

"We generally have a good turnout from all over the province," he said. "I mean, if you look at the Rail Wars event we held earlier this year, we had 48 riders, and that was a minus-30 degree weekend."

The sixth annual Propaganda Throwdown beings at 11 a.m. Sunday. Practice runs for the riders will commence at 9 a.m.

Proceeds from the event have normally gone to a charity, and this year is no different with the money ticketed for the fight against multiple sclerosis.

"The last few years we've donated all the proceeds to charity," said Balon. "The charity this year is the MS Society of Canada. I find by doing something like this it helps put a face on the event. We get serious competitors here, but at the same time all the money goes to a great cause and it's not breaking anyone's bank in the process."

ahawboldt@paherald.sk.ca

Organizations: Kinsmen Ski Centre, MS Society of Canada

Geographic location: Little Red, Central Avenue, Little Red River Park

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