Eisenbergs 15th Annual Texas Showdown at the Hoedown will be held October 28-30 at Eisenbergs Skatepark in Plano. About fifty athletes from the around the world will compete for cash prizes in this select aggressive inline skating competition.
Past years have brought contestants from as far as Australia, United Kingdom, France, Japan, China, Germany and Spain.
Eisenbergs’ annual Showdown at the Hoedown was the first contest of its kind when it was introduced in 1997. 1996 X Games gold medalist Arlo Eisenberg conceived of the Hoedown as an alternative to the conventional contests that dominated action sports at the time.
“Choreographed runs, where skaters go out alone and perform a timed run in front of judges just seemed so unnatural to me”, said Eisenberg. “It had very little to do with the way we actually skated.”
Eisenberg conceived a format that reflected the unstructured, artistic athleticism at the heart of the individualistic action sports culture. The Hoedown format became an instant hit with competitors and spectators alike and inspired other “alternative” contests.
But the Showdown at the Hoedown remains the original most revered event of the skating season. Every October the world’s best rollerbladers make the pilgrimage to Plano, Texas for the contest that started it all.