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Oakley Arctic Challenge Brings Out the Best in the Game

oakley arctic challengeOakley knows how to throw down a sick comp as the Arctic Challenge brought out the best in the game. All the competitors were charging in hopes of taking home top honors but it was Kevin Pearce who ultimately was the man who got it done. Boosting huge double grab 720’s was his ticket to success.

Terje Haakonsen, Nicolas Muller, and Shayne Pospisil were a few of the other snowboarders on hand who were pushing the limits and going huge. Terje was absolutely killing the quarter pipe going 8 meters out and stomping backside-3s. That’s no surprise as last year it was Terje who set the world record with an absolutely insane 9.8 meter (32.5 ft) backside-3.

Still on the subject of Terje, it was him and Nicolas Muller who were both floating stylish McTwists that were a crowd favorite. The action was pumping and Oakley was hailed for putting on one of their best comps ever. It was a big night for Oakley and the 5,000 screaming fans that showed up for the show.

It would be wrong for me to write this post and not give a special shout-out to Shayne Pospisil who definitely brought his ‘A’ game. He was the only rider that landed all five of his final runs. He was absolutely on fire and he threw something different on each one of his five final runs, making sure to spin both front and backside. It’s really refreshing when riders mix it by throwing something different on each run.

Overall, the theme of the night seemed to be style, style, style. This made it a great chance for spectators to really get into the action by watching their favorite riders throw-down in a smooth fashion instead of trying the most technically difficult tricks. I personally would much rather see a stylish double grab 720 (the winning trick) than a flailed out 1260. What do you think – do you prefer stylish tricks or technical?

Oakley also has a video recap on their site, check it out.

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Posted by Derek on Sunday, March 2nd, 2008 in Snow.


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