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Red Bull Gap Sessions

red bull gap sessionsRed Bull continues to impress by putting on some of the most creative events that take place on the cold-slippery stuff.

This time it’s with their Red Bull Gap Sessions, which again, is more than your average run-of-the-mill contest. This contest isn’t entirely new though, it first took place in ‘06 and was supposed to happen last year but was canceled due to bad weather. Gap Sessions is an opportunity for riders to have a lot of fun and progress the level of snowboarding and you know by now that we love contests that promote fun as much as competitiveness.

Event host David Benedek’s idea – that if a jump was built that matched the natural path of the rider in the air – then it would be safer and allow for bigger airs which leads to more progressive tricks. The Gap Sessions jump allowed just that as riders were taking it to the next level. Which makes me wonder, how many levels can they step up before they hit the ceiling?

The contest featured winners for three different categories; longest air time(2.81 seconds) won by Chris Sorman of Sweden, best trick won by David himself stomping a double cork 1260, and best overall taken by Chris Sorman. It seemed that Chris was on fire stomping trick after trick including a huge FS 1080.

The judging format was something else that impressed and pleased riders. The competition was split into two heats, where the riders from the other heat judged the riders in the current heat. Heats composed of 9 riders each and the top 2 from each heat advanced.

Participants enjoyed other activities aside from the main contest which included; ice hockey, gambling (always a favorite), indoor surfing, guitar hero, and more. There were new activities being added daily to entertain the competitors providing fun and relaxation for all.

More than a contest this was a party for the sport and especially those riders involved. Needless to say (again), Red Bull knows how to put on an event and throw a party.

Posted by Derek on Thursday, March 13th, 2008 in Snow.


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