CASP National Summit 2009

So last Thursday evening was the CASP National Championship, as part of the CASP National Summit, and it went off with a bang!!! There was also a good crowd turnout supporting all the athletes, which was super sick too. Another cool aspect was that it was under the chair and a couple of times you could see people on the chair getting super stoked on what was going on, so that’s good to see. I whipped out my good old NIKON COOLPIX and snapped a couple of photos. Now please bear with me, I am not Scott “pro photog” Titterington and some of the pics are blurry, but I just wanted to show everyone the general set-up.

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="450" caption="The start area, sorry about the quality…"]The start area, sorry about the quality…[/caption]

The riders were stoked on the course and everyone was pushing the envelope on the track.  The course started off with 2 rollers, then moving into a series of berm turns (right, left, right, left) after the last left it shot the rider out into one last roller before the final jump and then the finishing lazar after that.

One of the major “issues” of the night was the last jump… Mr. Dan Jonas himself nicknamed it “THE CRIPPLER” for obvious reasons.  Riders would come out of the last berm, pump the roller and then head into the last jump going MACH 10.  This was great for their time as far as the competition goes, but not so good for the body.  It made it very entertaining because there were some crazy falls going on.  There were people landing completely flat and coming across the finish in mid air (note: the finish line was about 15 feet after the flat part of the landing).

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="450" caption="A view of the rollers"]A view of the rollers[/caption]

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="450" caption="A view from the bottom looking up."]A view from the bottom looking up.[/caption]

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="450" caption="The last jump, or as Mr. Dan Jonas would call it: “The Crippler!”"]“The Crippler!”[/caption]

 I want to give HUGE props to all the athletes and EVEN BIGGER props to the athletes who hit the jump with too much speed (by accident), there were some amazing falls and they still managed to get up and walk away.  Kudos to you guys, you are warriors!!! If a rider had the speed figured out, it was simply a thing of beauty as they carried their speed well down the course, hit the last jump with ease and cruised across the line.

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="450" caption="A blurry shot of the DJ, judge and timekeeper’s tent."]A blurry shot of the DJ, judge and timekeeper’s tent.[/caption]

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="450" caption="Inside the tent."]Inside the tent.[/caption]

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="450" caption="This event is proudly brought to you by Grouse Mountain."]This event is proudly brought to you by Grouse Mountain.[/caption]

That’s all for now kids,