Feb 6, 2012
Author: SBC, photos by Jussi Grznar
The sleepy town of Nelson, B.C. is no stranger to the world's best riders. But this week, the amount of talent assembled and staged in the area awaiting the Red Bull Supernatural event at Baldface was downright ridiculous. The list of invited riders spanned legend status to rookie of the year and every spot in the middle. As the brainchild of Travis Rice, this event definitely carried his calling card. A course that only these guys would want to drop in on awaited them and what ensued will be one for the books.
At day's end it was Travis who was crowned champion with Gig Ruf and Nicolas Muller rounding out the podium. Some highlights of the day included John Jackson's Double Cork 1080 on the bottom kicker which earned him best trick, Devun Walsh's FS 3 pillow tap at the bottom section and Lucas Debari launching off a platform that was built for a heli evacuation.
“We’re walking away with a different state of mind," said Rice, of the event. "This was an experiment and it’s the beginning of a new, possible future for snowboarding."
With a full feature airing on NBC Saturday March 31, you'll have to wait to see any full runs until then, but for now enjoy the pics from Snowboard Canada senior photographer Jussi Grznar below.
A hefty group of talent, both judging and riding wise. Tom Burt head judge.
Travis looks down at his creation.
Terje with probably the first pow slash he's had in the middle of a contest run.
Followed by another classic.
Mark McMorris may soon only want to land in pow.
John Jackson droppin' in at the top of the course.
Followed by park kicker with a pow landing.
Mark Sollors, manufactured tree tap.
L-R Gigi, Travis and Nico celebrate on the podium of a new type of contest.
1. Travis Rice
2. Gigi Rüf
3. Nicolas Müller
4. John Jackson
5. Lucas Debari
6. Kazuhiro Kokubo
7. Jake Blauvelt
8. David Carrier-Porcheron
9. Eero Niemela
10. Devun Walsh
11. Mark Sollors
12. Terje Haakonsen
13. Eric Jackson
14. Mark Carter
15. Mark McMorris
16. Sage Kotsenburg
17. Scotty Lago
18. Mark Landvik