Red Bull Double Pipe: Taylor Gold wins the most progressive pipe contest ever

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When Red Bull puts on an event, they don’t skimp on making it all time. Proof can be found in the first ever Red Bull Double Pipe that went down under perfect bluebird skies this weekend.

After three practice days, a few tweaks of the pipe and one weather day that brought some fresh snow to Aspen/Snowmass Sunday morning, the Red Bull Double Pipe event gave way to some of the most unique, creative riding we’ve ever seen.

Constructed by SPT, the massive double pipe structure was something to witness. Four 22-foot walls with a 4-foot spine between them accompanied by various rails and wall rides gave spectators all the reasons to never look away. This thing was massive!

And with a rider list that consisted of some of the best in the game including Louie Vito, Scotty Lago, Benji Farrow, Scotty James, Arthur Longo, Scott Blum, Taylor Gold, Nathan Johnstone, Ben Ferguson, Gabe Furgeson, Greg Bretz, Jake Pates, Chase Josey, Markus Keller, Kent Callister and Christian Haller, we were witness to some heavy riding.

Kicking off semi-finals with a jam format, The Red Bull Double Pipe gave riders a platform to show off their creativity in a pipe. From huge methods and pipe transfers to a few double corks, each run blew the crowd away as the riders focused on style rather than racking up points with technical spins; a true sight for sore eyes.

As the jam format came to a close, 8 riders would advance to finals where three runs would determine the winner. Scotty Lago went down in his first run hitting his head and wouldn’t return which opened the door for young guns Taylor Gold, Chase Josey and Ben Furgeson brothers to give us a preview of the future of pipe riding.

In the end it would be Taylor Gold who would take home the $25,000 first prize and bragging rights as winner of the first ever 22-foot super double pipe in the world.

Here’s what Taylor had to say after his victory lap:

After the event went down, we gathered at the bar for a few cocktails and to find out that Chase Josey would win the Rider’s Choice award and a brand new Polaris RMK 800 that he wasn’t afraid to take for a victory lap.

Stay tuned as the entire Red Bull Signature Series event will be broadcasted live Saturday, April 12 at 2:00 p.m. ET on NBC. If you weren’t there to witness history, we highly recommend penciling in this one.

Red Bull Double Pipe podium: (L-R) Arthur Longo, Taylor Gold, Chase Josey | Photo: Red Bull Red Bull Double Pipe podium: (L-R) Arthur Longo, Taylor Gold, Chase Josey | Photo: Red Bull

Red Bull Double Pipe results:

1. Taylor Gold 95.6
2. Chase Josey 91.4
3. Arthur Longo 88.6
4. Greg Bretz 85.6
5. Gabe Ferguson 84.0
6. Benji Farrow 79.8
7. Christian Haller 58.6
8. Scotty Lago 24.8