talk around Jindabyne town is that the Red Bull Rails contest went
off! Three days have past and the town is still buzzing from one
of the hugest events to be held in Jindabyne.
An awesome selection of Australias most talented snowboarders
and skiers took on the urban terrain of Jindabyne in one very serious
Nuggets Crossing car park was transformed into a sea of crowds
as cheering from over 3000 excited onlookers amped the competitors
into pulling off some amazing stunts.
Heats were held throughout the day (on a 9m rail) but it was the
finals at night that really got the crowds going.
Local jibbers and visiting pros were invited to take on the urban-scape
of Jindabyne. Snow was trucked in from the mountains and transformed
into a steep in-run onto an 18 metre rail for the finals
this comp was not for the faint hearted.
competitor was judged on degree of difficulty, execution, overall
performance and rail length.
This is one of the longest rails Ive ever seen, with
no snow beneath 13 metres of the rail the visual impact alone was
enough to put you off. It was a feat just to slide the entire length
let alone style it up with some tricks, said Head Ski Judge
Oddy Graham from New South Wales took out first prize in the mens
Ski Division with an awesome switch on to rail slide. Graham set
the crowd off when he gave a victory salute to the crowd with still
1/3 of the rail to slide.
Michael William from Victoria took out first prize in the mens
Snowboard Division after pulling off a huge 18 metre back side board
slide. William was a dark horse, unseeded rider who not only won
the finals but also won the qualification round.
Max Cookes made a big impression on the judges with his 270 to front
side board slide in the jam session but unfortunately didnt
pull it together for the finals.
The Red Bull
Rail series will continue to make its way around Australia
visiting the Gold Coast and Sydney in the upcoming months.
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