2014 Ride Shakedown
The Ride Shakedown presented by Videotron Mobile at Mont Saint-Sauveur, Quebec, now in its 13th year, hosted over 40 pros from around the globe to throw down for a $50,000 purse in a unique format growing in popularity among the pros and fans who attend. "The near 15,000 people who travelled to Mont St-Sauveur on Friday and Saturday bear witness to their faith in our event. They have high expectations for our event and we are always sure to meet those expectations, if not go beyond!" said Patryck Bernier, Shakedown production staff.
Jack Herald, 1st place AM
"I usually ride at Park City and because there aren't a lot of contests in the area, I end up traveling a lot. This is my first time doing Shakedown and it's definitely on another level," said Jack Herald regarding the quality of contestants. Jack's double earned himself a seat in the pro category along with Phillippe Fournier and Michel Grgoire.
Jonathan Truchon, 1st place Rail Jam
Spring rolled in hard as the Rail Jam kicked off at Shakedown. $3,500 is up for grabs for one overall rider and an additional $2,000 for best trick. Jonathan has been riding in Shakedown for the past five years with a third place podium at the Rail Jam in 2013. This year he stepped it up for the overall rail jam title and earned himself a nice $3,500 payday along with a surf trip to Punta de Mita, Mexico, where he will be staying at Hotel Cinco.
Maxence Parrot, Best Trick
Maxence was throwing hammers all night, but it was his 50-50 backside 360 gap out to 50-50 front 180 out that earned him Best Trick.
Rail Jam Podium
Jonathan Truchon and Maxence Parrot share the Rail Jam podium. Maxence has been having an incredible year. With a long list of podiums around the world and with only a few contests left this season in Canada he is excited to have placed at Shakedown in front of his home crowd. "I've been riding in Shakedown for four years now but this is the first time I've been on the podium for the Rail Jam," said Maxence.
Young kids and adults were lined out the door to shake hands with the pros at the autograph session.
Seamus O'Connor, who qualified 5th in the semi's is another rider from the states who made their first trip to Shakedown.
To give spectators a little history lesson, a trailer was setup with promo pieces, magazine ads, posters, uniforms, and other swag saved over the previous 12 years of the Ride Shakedown.
Craig Gouweloos, gap to front board
Although most people will never be able to pronounce his last name, Craig Gouweloos defiantly made a lasting impression with massive double 10's and 450 to switch slides on the gap to down rail. "I've spent most of my season in Breckenridge' said Craig, which has clearly has a positive impact on his riding.
The Ride Shakedown gives kids a chance to be in the spotlight for a day with their junior jam held between Pro Semi's and finals.
Toutant, backside rodeo-5 to board slide 270 out
Unfortunately due to the weather the usual skateboard comp had to get cancelled so an impromptu rail jam took its place to entertain the growing crowd of over 10,000 people. There was no question that Sebastien Toutant took the $2.000 prize with a clean backside rodeo 5 to board slide 270 out. "The best thing about Shakedown is the crowd, I love to come back to Quebec and hear everyone," said Toutant. "I have no stress when I come to Shakedown, all my friends and family are here."
Emil Ulsletten, Cab 7
You can plan for every setback but when it comes to the weather there are some things you just can't avoid. Unfortunately due to a very strong uphill wind it was too dangerous to hold the finals on Saturday night. A few riders gave it their best but when pros like Sebastien Toutant land 10 feet short of the knuckle it's a good time to call it.
Shakedown Finalists, Everybody wins!
In a rider's meeting, all 10 finalists also decided to split the $40,000 prize purse in equal parts. As a result, Quebec natives Justin De Castris, Philippe Fournier, Maxence Parrot, Michael Roy, Sbastien Toutant, and Marc-Andr Tremblay, Americans Brandon Davis, Mark Hoyt, and Seamus O'Connor, as well as Norwegian Emil Ulsletten will all leave the competition with deeper pockets, $4,000 deeper to be exact.