Red Bull Supernatural: Cole Barash’s photographic account of snowboarding’s finest competition
Editor’s Note: With the Red Bull Ultra Natural kicking off this week (February 15th to be exact), we thought we would take a journey back to last year’s Red Bull Supernatural where Travis Rice took 15 riders to Baldface Lodge to compete for the title of best overall snowboarder. Outfitted with features created with the locations natural elements, 15 riders came together to push the boundary of snowboarding in a direction only Travis could think of. These are the photographic accounts of the one and only Cole Barash. Enjoy!
From Volume 9 Issue 2:
Every time Travis Rice sets out to do something, it ends up having a major impact on snowboarding. He is constantly one-upping himself and his own ideas, and The Red Bull Supernatural was no exception. One would think Travis would have taken a bit of time off after releasing The Art of Flight, but he turned around and put together what was arguably, one of the best contest formats of all time.
Known for its epic snowpack, Baldface Lodge near Nelson, British Columbia was selected as the location for Supernatural. Travis spent nearly two years with a team of nine lumberjacks turning Baldface’s Scary Cherry, an already great run, into the course of a lifetime. The setup included natural terrain and built up versions of natural terrain up top, and then a 100-foot kicker and a high-speed jib area at the bottom.
In addition to being part of his own contest, Travis handpicked 15 of the world’s best riders to join him: Gigi Ruf, Nicolas Muller, John Jackson, Lucas Debari, Kazuhiro Kokubo,
Jake Blauvelt, DCP, Eero Niemela, Devun Walsh, Mark Sollors, Terje Haakonsen, Eric Jackson, Mark Carter, Scotty Lago, Mark Landvik, and 2 X Games wild card winners, Sage Kostenberg and Mark McMorris. The invitee list looks more like a dream lineup for a snowboard movie, than a list of competitors.
The final piece to this puzzle was the weather. Not that Travis had any control over it, but the snow was great and the sun was out. These next pages are Cole Barash’s photographic account of what it’s like when you go on a cat trip with all of your bros — Travis’ bros just happen to be made up of the world’s best snowboarders.