Mar 26, 2012
Author: Jesse Fox Photos: Ralph Damman
Friday morning Vancouverites awoke to a sight they hadn’t seen since September 23rd 2011. The Sun. That’s right, our favorite star came to visit for the weekend and damn, what a warm welcome it received. The Quiksilver Showdown Over the City at Grouse Mountain has been praying for a forecast this good for 5 years, and finally, the big man found a soft spot for snowboard contests.
The 4 Star TTR event started off Friday with slopestyle qualifying, and the DC Rail Jam. The course its self was the first big story of the day - 2 monstrous 65ft and 75ft tabletops demanded respect, and gave riders the best view of the city. From there, riders rolled into 3 options of jibbing. A Super Mario down pipe, Pole-jam to drop-gap, or the "Paul Bunyan" trunk-bonk. Riders played it as safe as they could on the course, and 4 riders were chosen to participate in the big event on Saturday.
Following qualifying, DC broke off a thousand dollars and made it rain on the lower rail section, outside of the course. DC sponsored rider, Jody Wachniak, and the DC exects demanded tricks and the kids played Simon Says for crisp 50-dollar bills. Jon Versteeg, Alex Beebe, Cory Gallon and others all padded their pockets. Jody Wachnick claimed, “It got sooo rowdy!”.
Saturday drew a festival-style crowd. Skin was shown (and burnt), bouncers kept beer gardens at capacity, helicopters buzzed overhead filming the spectacle, and cops in uniform tackled and arrested a man crazed on acid (or so I was told). It was the first legit party of spring. Industry old dogs, mixed with lurkers and randoms - soaking up sunshine, lapping the blue park and cheering on the pros. Having a terrible time was impossible.
Snowboarders are good these days and the judges didn’t have an easy time, and in the end the top three made a difficult course look easy. Big high-five’s to all the riders who man handled the course and the Grouse Park staff who built it to perfection. Quiksilver’s Showdown Over the City is wrapped, but the video’s and photos are still hitting with the Push.ca Filmmaker Showdown, and our SnowboardCanada.com Photographer Showdown contests that’ll be wrapping up this week. Stay tuned for the highlights.
1st Jon Versteeg - $5000 (plus prizes from Whistler Water, BMW, and Grouse Mountain)
2nd Darcy Sharpe - $3000 (plus prizes from Whistler Water, BMW, and Grouse Mountain)
3rd Craig McMorris - $2000 (plus prizes from Whistler Water, BMW, and Grouse Mountain)
Jon Versteeg - Frontboards for $50 during the DC Rail Jam
Brady Smith - Nosepress for cash
Aaron Santos with a stalefish to lipslide - pay the man.
Killing it all day with a locked back-lip.
Zac Dolesky making money with some proper pressure.
Announcers and judges up in the nest overlooking the course and beer gardens. I could see my house from here.
Robby Balharry, blasting over table number one.
You could have hid a double-decker bus behind the take-off of this monster.
Tanner Davidson, spinning with a stale grab and getting the best view in town.
I was waiting all day for this dude to poach the course, but he never got his chance to fly.
Just when riders thought they were in the clear - they had this rail set up to deal with.
Don't call it a comeback - Legend Chris Dufficy hasn't compeated for 10 years and was spinning massive cab 9's and these double wildcats.
The best place to party this weekend.
No angle did the size of this thing justice.
123, Jon Versteeg, Darcy Sharpe, and Craig McMorris - Cleaning up the cash and prizing issues
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