WSSF: Antoine Truchon & Darcy Sharpe take titles at 5Star Shred Show
Slopestyle podium (L-R): Logan Haubrich, Antoine Truchon, Ian Thorley
The TTR portion of the Shred Show presented by Monster Energy wrapped up today with the 5Star slopestyle competition. Canadian rider, Antoine Truchon, battled through the foggy conditions up on Blackcomb Mountain to take the top spot on the podium and was awarded $15,000 for his victory. On Saturday night, fellow Canadian, Darcy Sharpe, won the Big Hip big air competition also taking home $15,000.
Riders were faced with less than ideal weather conditions with fog rolling up from the valley for today's slopestyle event, so the competition was condensed into a 'super-finals' format that included all 23 competitors in a best of three run format. The Whistler/Blackcomb park crew did an excellent job on the course that included a jump at the top, a gap to giant butter box, an option of cannon jib or a gap to cannon, a channel gap and ended with a sizable kicker. In the end it was Antoine Truchon who had the x-ray vision to power through the fog and stomped a run that was made up of a frontside 1080 double cork, frontside 180 on to switch backside 180 off on the butter box, a boardslide to 270 out on the cannon, a backside 540 and a switch backside 1080 double cork to finish it off.
The Big Hip Podium (L-R): Jon Versteeg, Darcy Sharpe, Antoine Truchon
Antoine was very happy with his win saying, "It feels pretty good to win especially with the challenging conditions. So, I'm really glad to win here. I've been riding a lot of TTR events this year and next season I'm trying to send it like a king." The Shred Show was the first 5Star slopestyle event of the 2012/2013 season in North America and all riders who competed got a nice jump start banking some early season points.
The Shred Show kicked off on Saturday night with a big event billed as The Big Hip. Riders were going huge on the 50-foot hip jump where they had the option of hipping to either side or gapping the entire thing straight on. This was Darcy's first major TTR title of his career and will be going home $15,000 USD richer and with the Shred Show Big Hip trophy. Darcy rose above the pack and won with impressive tricks including a frontside double cork 1080, backside 720 and a corked backside 900. Darcy was excited about his win saying, "I went out there and had fun, I learned a couple new tricks in the last couple of days that helped me land in first. The Shred Show was great and it turned out to be a really fun time."
With the Northern Hemisphere summer looming on the horizon, the TTR World Tour will take a brief hiatus before all attention shifts to New Zealand and Australia for the Southern Hemisphere leg. But, be sure to tune into www.ttrworldtour.com for fresh videos, news and photos and a full website relaunch that will be happening in the next month.
The Big Hip Podium:
1st – Darcy Sharpe
2nd – Antoine Truchon
3rd – Jon Versteeg
1st – Antoine Truchon
2nd – Ian Thorley
3rd – Logan Haubrich