Ride Shakedown 2013
Ride Shakedown 2013
One of snowboardings marquee events, the Ride Shakedown unfolded in its usual surprise fashion this past weekend in St. Sauveur, Quebec, Canada. Known for its feature and format innovation, the 2013 edition certainly didnt disappoint as plenty of heavy tricks and high fives went down with capacity crowds in attendance.
Antoine Truchon wins the main event
Heavy rail transfers like this helped Antoine Truchon be declared champion at the Ride Shakedown final. The winning combo of a frontside 1260 double cork on the jump, followed by a boardslide to fakie on the triple flat ramp sent the 22-year-old French Canadian to the top of the tight battle.
Seb Toutant, a crowd favorite having won the Shakedown four times in the past, narrowly missed defending his championship title from 2012. Toutants attempt at a triple cork on the big air had the crowd in a frenzy, but he missed his landing, falling short of the rails and giving up his lead.
No stranger to Shakedown podiums, Jeremy Cloutier snapped up Friday nights Rail Jam final and a $5,000 purse with his frontside 180 transfer to switch backside 360 on the kink. Not bad for an injured rider who admitted he wasnt at all planning his winning trick.
Its been a big winter for newcomer Max Parrot, claiming silver in X Games slopestyle and winner of the Big Air ONeill Evolution in Switzerland. He returned to his home turf to compete with some of the most technical riders in the Rail Jam.
Last years winner
Teenage ripper Dillon Ojo, who claimed his first Ride Shakedown title in 2012 came back to play with the big boys once again. Here he is with a frontside lipslide.
A rider that snowboarding needs more of, LNP made a rare contest appearance when he showcased his smooth freewheelin style in the Shakedown Rail Jam.
A setup like none other
Unique street elements and crowd-pleasing features are hallmarks of the annual event and Shakedown organizers brought the crowd to the features this year. Here, wide-eyed kids check out Seb Toots boardslide from inside the triple flat ramp.
The big air jump required careful flight navigation over a gaping maw that proved difficult to gauge proper speed for many riders. Here, Robby Balharry sends it during qualification
The big picture
Up-and-comer Christopher Houle took top spot in the Oakley amateur qualifications, which allowed semi-final access to the three best riders. His jump here shows just how commanding the big air was.
French Canadians go absolutely mad for live snowboard events and the 12th edition of the Ride Shakedown was a showstopper. Over 20,000 people bundled up to support two jam-packed days of fierce competition.