Red Bull Heavy Metal | Detroit 2023

Red Bull Heavy Metal heads to Detroit on February 11, 2023

The iconic US-based street snowboarding event Red Bull Heavy Metal is back and heading to Detroit on February 11, 2023, transforming Hart Plaza into a playground for the world’s top rail riders. We know there are still a few months to go before the madness hits the streets of Detroit, so here’s all you need to know to get you hyped.

“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”

EVENT SCHEDULE (All times are listed below in Central Time)
Gates | 1pm
Zone 1 | 2:00pm – 2:30pm
Break | 2:30 – 3:00pm
Zone 2 | 3:00 – 3:30pm
Break | 3:30 – 4:00pm
Zone 3 | 4:00 – 5:00pm
Awards Ceremony | 5:30pm

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.

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DETROIT, MI (December 16, 2022) – 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 Red Bull Heavy Metal east to 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.

“It was awesome to see how everyone showed up in my home state to witness the return Red Bull Heavy Metal,” said Milam. “I’m stoked to help bring such an iconic event to a city with a big street snowboarding scene. I can’t wait for the crowd to see what we put down in Hart Plaza!”

Grace Warner is at the forefront of the next generation of riders, winning over fans from all over the world with her style and passion for the sport. “I’m beyond excited to bring Red Bull Heavy Metal to my hometown and compete alongside a legendary crew of riders,” said Warner. “I just want to show the best that Detroit has to offer while inspiring others to do what they love. Snowboarding has given me so much joy, I want others to have the opportunity to experience it too!”

With a roster comprised of the top rail technicians from around the world including Red Bull Athletes Zeb Powell, Luke Winklemann and Jesse Augustinus, Red Bull Heavy Metal promises a day of unforgettable action. The full list of confirmed riders will be announced in the coming weeks. 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.

Red Bull Heavy Metal will begin at 1pm CST on Saturday, February 11 at Hart Plaza. Gates will open at 12pm CST and viewing is free and open to all spectators. Keep it locked on @redbullsnow for the latest news and coverage.

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