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Shaun White’s Private Halfpipe

Friday, February 20th, 2009

Not that we ever doubted the rumors of Shaun White having a private halfpipe hidden deep in the Colorado mountains, but with the recent pictures floating around the web, that rumor is now confirmed.

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The pipe sits at an elevation of 12,300 feet, making it the highest pipe ever. It cost over $500k to construct and was funded by both Red Bull and Oakley. No surprise that Red Bull is behind something like this. Red Bull has also rented Shaun a house in a nearby town and pays for a heli to transport him up there everyday. Not to mention covering the cost of avi control (take a look above the pipe). Apparently the pipe is open to all Red Bull and Oakley riders, not just Shaun.

The other day when we wrote about Shaun White making an estimated $9 million per year, we apparently were only telling half the story. The number is obviously a lot higher when you consider all the amazing perks he gets. Between the house, the pipe, the heli trips, and avi control… that alone has gotta add at least another milli for Mr. White.

Forget being a pro ball player, becoming a professional snowboarder is the new dream.

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Jordy Smith Inks Deal with Red Bull

Friday, February 20th, 2009

South African surfing phenom, Jordy Smith, has recently inked a deal with Red Bull. He’s the latest allstar to join the already stacked Red Bull surfing team, which includes the likes of: Andy & Bruce Irons, Jaime O, Mick Fanning, Ian Walsh, Julian Wilson, and many others.

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“To be part of Red Bull, it’s amazing. The surf team and all the opportunities it affords me, it’s like a dream come true. I’ll be a part of all kinds of crazy things, I can’t wait. Plus, it’s a great company. The support is phenomenal. The surf team’s not too shabby either. A crew of the best surfers in the world, what more could you ask for?” – Jordy Smith

Despite a relatively disappointing first year on the ‘CT, Jordy came awfully close to sealing a victory at Sunset this year. Unfortunately after making Sunset his bitch for the entire comp, he injured his knee on his first wave in the final heat. Recovery has been going well though and Jordy is expected to be near 100% for the upcoming Quik Pro at Snapper Rocks. Look for him to make a little more noise this year on tour.

Red Bull’s culture seems like it’s a much better fit for freesurfers, not competitive machines like Mick & Jordy. With that said, Jordy Smith is one of the most progressive surfers in the world and that’s certainly something that jives with Red Bull. It will be interesting to see what sort of ‘crazy things’ they have in store for Jordy. If there’s one thing we can count on, it’s Red Bull raising the bar to heights never seen before. Like Jordy, I can’t wait.

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Red Bull Snowscrapers in NYC

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

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Red Bull has once again taken things to another level with the much hyped and anticipated Red Bull Snowscrapers that’s set to go off tomorrow in New York City. It’s something you don’t want to miss so here are several ways to catch it– If you’re in NY, go see it live. Otherwise, Fuel TV is webcasting it live in HD, you can watch it on the Red Bull webcast, or if you have DirectTV you might find it on MSG TV. It will also be rebroadcast on NBC February 15th.

On Thursday, February 5th, 16 of the world’s best snowboarders will compete for their piece of the massive $100,000 prize purse at Red Bull Snowscrapers. Athletes will compete against the majestic backdrop of the New York City skyline in the East River Park from 6-9 pm. The local thrash heavy metal band Anthrax is set to perform.

Travis Rice and Shaun White will both be throwing down for the hundred-gees as well as many other rippers, including: Pat Moore, Terje Haakonsen, Kevin Pearce, Danny Davis, Jake Blauvelt, JJ Thomas, to name a few.

The jump is a step up hip, set against the backdrop of Manhattan. It’s a jam session, which is defo the way to format a comp like this one. Instead of being judged on the best of a couple runs, the riders will be able to throw down as many runs as they can squeeze in. The rider who impresses the most, wins.

Photo: Quiksilver

We’re big fans of these creative and progressive events that Red Bull consistently puts on. They do an awesome job at pushing the limits, blowing minds, and bringing huge exposure to our sports. This is the first time snowboarding at a level like will be seen in NYC so huge props to Red Bull for making it happen.

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Reef Hawaiian Pro Rolling, Carissa Moore Top Female at Haleiwa

Thursday, November 20th, 2008

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The list of surfers vying for a win in opening leg of the Van’s Triple Crown of Surfing is being whittled down. At the moment, the Reef Hawaiian Pro is currently in the 4th round of action in a pretty fun looking 3-4 ft. swell at Haleiwa. For the most part the top surfers coming into the event have held their ground.

Taj Burrow, Joel Parkinson, and Bede Durbidge are the remaining surfers from the WCT Top 10. Both Mick Fanning and C.J. Hobgood got clipped early on in the 4th. Defending champion Roy Powers is on top of his game again at Haleiwa and looking like he intends on going back to back. With the first jewel in the Triple Crown and end of season WQS points on the line, the competition is sure to intensify as the event winds down. Be sure to catch the webcast as we get into the business end of the competition.

On another note, we just want to throw a huge congratulations out to Carissa Moore. Carissa killed it at Haleiea today, taking out living-legend Layne Beachley on her way to winning the women’s side of the event. With news of Carissa’s big new deal with Red Bull and Nike 6.0 recently breaking, The 16 yr. old Carissa has had herself a pretty smooth past couple of weeks

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2008 Red Bull Manny Mania Overview

Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

Red Bull Manny ManiaThe 2008 season of Red Bull Manny Mania had their finals a week ago and the results are is as follows.

1. Joey Brezinski
2. Brandon Biebel
3. Chico Brenes
4. Eli Reed
5. Malcom Watson
6. Kelly Hart
7. Stevie Williams
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9. Danny Falla
10. Jason Dill
11. Daniel Lebron
12. Gary Smith
13. Jereme Rogers
14. Kenny Anderson
15. Dennis Busenitz
16. Jack Curtin
17. Tim O’Conner
18. Rodrigo Peterson
19. Rob Welsh
20. Jon Newport
21. Brian Wenning
22. Lenny Rivas
23. Bobby Worrest
24. Stefan Janoski
25. Richard Angelides

Joey Brezinski tore it up and so did Brandon Beibel. Stevie Williams should have placed higher though as he was unleashing trick after trick and doing each one pristinely at that.

I absolutely love this contest, it’s one of my favorite contests to watch throughout each year. It’s so unique and different from everything else out there and the skateboarders that show up are always a rare group of elusive pros that we would love to see compete but never can. This contest brings out some of the greatest street skateboarders in the world who have their balancing skills up to that magical level.

One massive question pops up in my mind about this year’s contest though – WHAT THE HECK HAPPENED TO THE AM STOPS!?!? I only saw three on the website, last year there were like 4x that many stops, not to mention the finals didn’t come ’til the end of all the stops.

There are a lot of top notch Amateur technical skateboarders out there that are just as good as the pros and ready to show the world what’s up. I really feel it would have been awesome if they would’ve had a bunch of Am stops beforehand. Not only that, but to have the Am winners show up to the pro contest and see if they could have taken the gold themselves. I could totally see it happening. Sort of like Alex Mizurov did with the Es Game of Skate. The random Am taking the first place in front of all the pros… Do you know how awesome that is? If that doesn’t inspire kids then I don’t know what would. Plus, that amazing course alone would inspire me to skate hard.

The course was a perfect blend of ledges, manual pads and boxes. Simply stunning and exactly what I would put in a training facility if I ever so had a miracle of a chance to have. Oh and one last thing I would like to add; Where in the world was Daewon Song? No invite? It would be sweet to see Daewon Song, Chris Haslam, and Ronson Lambert added to next years lineup. That would really spice up the competition.

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Grant “Twiggy” Baker: 2008 Red Bull BWA Champion

Sunday, July 27th, 2008

Greg Long Red Bull BWAWith a hyped swell living up to everything it was expected to be and then some, Durban’s Grant ‘Twiggy’ Baker surfed his way to becoming the 2008 Red Bull Big Wave Africa champion.

Dungeons was at it’s finest for the fourth running of the event in it’s 10 year history, hurling massive 15-20 foot waves at the international field of competitors. “I don’t know if you guys watching know how big the waves were out there,” said Baker from the podium. Although the fans watching the event may not have known just how big it was out there (especially those trying to follow the event via the very poor webcast), Hawaii’s Mark Healey and South African Jason Ribbink surely did as Dungeon’s sent them away with parting gifts on the form of a blown eardrum for Healey and a concussion for Ribbink.

Wave of the day honors went to San Clemente, Ca. surfer and former event champion Greg Long whose 10 pt. bomb was called “undoubtedly one of the best waves to be ridden at Dungeons,” by webcast commentator Richie Sills.

Congratulations Grant “Twiggy” Baker, the 2008 Red Bull Big Wave champion!!

Final Results
1. Grant Baker (ZA)
2. Carlos Burle (BRZ)
3. Greg Long (USA)
4. James Taylor (ZA)
5. Anthony Tashnick (USA)
6. Mark Healey (HI)

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Red Bull Big Wave Africa Set to Take Place

Friday, July 25th, 2008

Red Bull Big Wave AfricaWith a massive west swell beginning to cooperate beautifully, the 2008 Red Bull Big Wave Africa has officially been placed on Amber Alert. Riders have been placed on notice that the event, which is now in its 10th year, is likely to start within 24 hours. This huge news as the event has only been run in 3 out of it’s previous 9 years of existence. Red Bull isn’t big on compromising the standards they have set-up for the event. If this swell builds and holds as expected, compromising their standards won’t even become an issue.

The holding period for the event actually runs for 5 weeks until August 31. However with conditions looking to be ideal at Dungeons, it’s almost a certainty that the one-day of competition necessary will take place on Saturday. “It’s going to be very difficult to not call the event on Saturday judging by what the charts are showing,” said official event wave forecaster Steve Pike. “The swell looks really good throughout the day.”

With the swell building throughout today it will give the surfers who are assembled in Hout Bay harbor waiting in anticipation for the event their first official Red Bull Big Wave Africa 2008 practice session. Many of the international competitors only surf Dungeons once a year or so. The practice session is set-up to give these guys a chance to get their feet under them before the competition officially starts.
With some of the world’s best big-wave riders set to charge massive mountains of water in South Africa, this is an event you’ll definitely want to check out. It will be webcast for the first time this year so check it out at www.redbullbwa.com.

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Red Bull Coldrush Viewer’s Choice Awards

Thursday, February 21st, 2008

backflip on skisThe videos are out from the Red Bull Coldrush and Red Bull is asking the viewers to vote and choose a Viewer’s Choice winner. The Viewer’s Choice winner will receive an extra $1,000 on top of any prize money already awarded at the contest.

Both the videos and voting are available over at Rip.TV.

To recap quickly, each competitor was given three hits on the slopestyle portion which took place on day one. Day two consisted of the touring and big mountain section events. Double flips, spins and huge cliffs were the name of the game ensuring the viewer some exciting coverage, tricks and of course, crashes. So go get involved in the comp by reviewing all the skier’s runs and cast your vote. There is plenty of footage available as it’s three segments, each about fifteen minutes in length.

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Red Bull Playstreets 2008 Goes Off

Thursday, February 21st, 2008

red bull playstreetsThese days it seems to be pretty clear that Red Bull is organizing some super sick competitions and events, the Red Bull Playstreets comp is no different. Playstreets is a slopestyle event that takes place right in the heart of the city. The event aims to bring skiing right to the people and it delivered on that goal.

The course is placed in the middle of a street in Bad Gastein, Austria. It was filled with people coming out to enjoy both the competitors stomping tricks and the party atmosphere alike. As the contest got under way it was standing room only and the energy could be felt in the air.

The content is set up so that each competitor had to make his way through the head to head rounds in order to qualify for the match final. The course consisted of four features; a step down, gap jump, hip, and a rail to bring them to the finish corral.

Oscar Scherlin stood out from the others as the day progressed. Scherlin was consistent all day stomping his runs that included a switch nine mute, five forty mute, safety seven, and a solid rail to finish things up. Oscar won bragging rights and the keys to a brand new Suzuki Vitara. For more pictures and video check out Red Bull Playstreets site.

Unique contests like this one are a blast to watch and they are super good for the sport of skiing. They definitely help push it in a positive direction by bringing something fresh to keep the stoke.

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Redbull Coldrush Wraps Up

Thursday, February 14th, 2008

cork 7The Redbull Coldrush is the ultimate ski contest for skiers who don’t necessarily like to compete. Hosted by Red Mountain Resort in Rossland, B.C. the Coldrush displayed skills from the world’s top skiers. The winner was determined by the skiers themselves and was judged by skills in three areas; big mountain, slopestyle and touring.

Day one was the slopestyle event. Each skier chose a feature and then had three hits to throw down on. All features were filmed, edited, and judged by the other athletes based on that individual’s tricks in the segment.

Tricks ranged from Andy Mahre’s switch threes to Anthony Boronowski’s unnatural cork sevens. Back flips seemed to be the most popular trick of the day with a few double-backs being thrown down as well. In the end of day one, it was Sean Pettit’s switch cork fives on one of the middle section cliffs that came in first. Anthony Boronowski and JP Auclair rounded out the podium with second and third.

Day two was the touring and big mountain day where competitors skinned to the top of the venue and picked a line down. Dave Treadway finished first making it to the top in 1 hour 11 minutes and starting his line with a huge cliff huck. Sean finished second doing a smooth 360 off a bottom section cliff and JP Auclair placed third.

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