Dive in! Red Bull Illume -- "The world's biggest action sports photography competition" -- brings its touring exhibition to the Denver Performing Arts Center's outdoor Galleria tonight through June 12 from 8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., with massively large-format backlit prints of the top 50 finalists from 2010. Chris Burkard's shot of surfer Peter Mendia in Buchupero, Chile, won both the Illumination category and the overall competition in 2010, but I'm partial to Marcel Lämmerhirt's shot of urban cliff diver José Eber Pava Ordoñez in Hamburg, Germany (right), the 2010 Wings category winner. "Red Bull gives you wings," indeed.
More weekend action, after the jump...
Fire it up! The Journeys Backyard BBQ at Flatirons Crossing opens on Saturday at noon with demos and autograph signings by skateboard legends Rob Dyrdek (of MTV's Fantasy Factory fame), Colin McKay and Josh Kalis plus dozens of other skateboarders and BMX riders sponsored by the DC Shoe Co. and a handful of freestyle motocross stars from the Metal Mulisha. Get wet! The 10th annual Teva Mountain Games are underway all weekend in Vail, with dozens of events including kayaking, climbing, cross-country mountain biking, stand-up paddling and a grueling half-marathon on Vail Pass. All events are free for spectators, and must-see contests include the Kayak Freestyle finals on Saturday at 4:15 p.m. and the Bouldering World Cup finals on Saturday at 5 p.m. Massive Spring snowpack (Vail still has so much snow that they recently re-opened their tubing hill) paired with Summer temperatures in the 90s this week mean the whitewater events are going to be insane. Happy trails! Saturday is also National Trails Day, as promoted by the American Hiking Society, and there are dozens of Colorado events planned, including service projects to help clean up and improve some great local trails. Head for the hills or get off the beaten path a bit closer to home: Denver-area events include an REI-sponsored event at Bluff Lake Nature Center from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and trail improvement projects at Red Rocks Park & Amphiteater from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Rematch! The biggest rivals in roller derby meet again at 6 p.m. on Saturday at the Fillmore Auditorium when the Rocky Mountain Rollergirls' 5280 Fight Club (the 2010 Women's Flat Track Derby Association national champs and currently ranked #1 in the 2011 season) skate against the Oly Rollers' Cosa Nostra Donnas from Olympia, WA (the 2009 WFTDA champs and currently ranked #2 in the 2011 season).
"The rivalry between RMRG and Oly is purely on the track," says Rocky Mountain Rollergirls spokeswoman Dangerous Leigh A'zon. "These are the two best teams in the world and, win or lose, it's always an honor to skate against the Oly Rollers. They're a phenomenal team and beating them for the national championships -- the point differential was one point -- was kind of seen as one of those impossible things. They have the winning-est record in WFTDA history and once had a win-loss record of 22-0, a record streak, and we've got nothing but respect for them. I think we might actually be one of the only teams that's ever beaten them, and we've now done it twice, so this rematch is the big bout everybody's been waiting for."
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