The Vans & Pro-Tec Hi-Standard Double Big Air at Winter Park
In this day and age with competitors pushing huge double and triple corks in the park and pipe we start to lose appreciation for how we got to were we are. Don't get me wrong, it's fun watching a triple cork go down that completely disregards all scientific fact about gravity and human capability, but sometimes we have to turn back the clocks and remember that one thing reigns supreme: style.
With this very truth in mind, Curtis Sorensen and the Vans team put together the Hi-Standard Double Big Air at Winter Park, a competition based strictly on style. The only rule: no spins over a 720.
The Winter Park terrain crew put together two massive jumps each roughly 50-65 feet takeoff to landing making for some huge steezed out tricks. The greatest part was that any trick had a chance to win. Weather it be back to back methods, back ones or two 720s; if it didn't have any style you weren't going to win.
Normally on the others side of things, Andreas Wiig, Yale Cousino and Nick Poohachoff had the honor of being the first judges of this one-of-a-kind competition. It must have been extremely difficult to judge as all the riders had such insane style in all their tricks. From a double shifty 720 to huge boned out methods and back ones for days; it had to be one of the best competitions I have ever witnessed.
Taking home the Van's golden boot and Pro-Tec golden helmet and best trick was Chris Willet with his 720 double shifty over the second jump. James Haffner took home the silver boot for second followed by Davis Johnson in third.
A huge thanks to Curtis Sorensen, the Vans team, Winter Park and the judges for putting on such a unique contest. It's great to see style a priority over how fast you can huck over a jump.