Halfpipe and Rail Jams

Unfortunately injuries happen. Its the nature of our sport. They can (and will) happen at the most inconvenient of times. This weekend happened to be one of the biggest weekends of snowboarding the North Shore has ever seen. Fortunately for me there were plenty of events even a gimp could attend, so missing the 48 hours of winter, thanks to a strained MCL and meniscus, was not all that bad. I got a call on Saturday morning from a friend who had come across two VIP passes to the LG FIS Snowboard World Cup Halfpipe event taking place later that day on Cypress. I gladly accepted the offer and we rolled up just in time to catch the finals. Some of the best pipe riders in the world were in attendance and all were throwing down under the slightly snowy skies. From the bottom of the pipe, we witnessed some of the greatest riding any of the local mountains have ever seen.

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All the men were killing it but, to nobody's surprise, Shaun White dominated the field and added another notch to the bedpost. The highlights of White's winning run was his massive first hit and back to back 1080's. Coming in second was Ryoh Aono from Japan and Iouri Podladtchikov from Switzerland rounded out third.

Kelly Clark took the win for the women with a mix of backside and front 5's, lofty airs and a front 7. In second was Jiayu Liu of China and Hannah Teeter took third.

After sampling a few bevys in the athletes tent, we dropped down to Park Royal to check the LG Mountian Festival Rail Jam. The setup was fairly mellow which meant the riders could get tech if they wanted to. Jed Anderson slayed it and took home first. Jesmond Dubeau took second and Cory Gallon came third. For the women, only three competed and Jess Kimura ended up on top.

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On Sunday the Park Royal rooftop played host to some of the local riding talent with the Shop Rail Takedown. Riders from Pacific Boarder, Second Wave, and Showcase competed for a 37 inch flat screen TV for their shop and $100 cash for their pockets. The riding was almost, if not as, impressive as the pros the day before, proving that the Vancouver riding scene is not to be taken lightly.

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Spencer Lundin, who had been riding all night on Grouse Mountain, scored the TV for Second Wave and the $100 cash.

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All in all this weekend was a great taste of what is to come one year from now when the world comes to play in our backyard.

Video of both events to come soon!