Recap: T Bird
Captions: Pat Bridges & Java Fernandez
Here’s a few sentences you’ll probably never read again in a contest recap: Kevin Jones hit the longest jib ever constructed at High Cascade. Kurt Wastell boosted overhead airs in the mini pipe; Terry Kidwell, too. Ross Powers poached. And finally, Bryan Fox won the jib event, but not the Chinese Downhill. Day two of ANTPM was full of surprises.
The first event was the Longest Jib. HCSC hosted a “Boxes for Days” event on-hill, and they were kind enough to let our long list of legends and elite have a few tries at the setup to see who could make it to the end first. Awesomely, it was Fox. And even more awesomely, he did it on his first and only try. God, that dude’s a badass. The second person to make it all the way off the end was Eddie Wall, while Dylan Thompson–a favorite to win the event– rounded out the top three. Honorable mentions go to Kurt Wastell, Aaron Biittner, Iikka Backstrom, Lauri Heiskari, Jake OE, and Kevin Jones, who scorpioned for the first time since 1999. He’s okay, though.
After the Longest Jib, it was on to the Highest Air in the mini pipe portion of ANTPM. While we’re on the topic, let me just say that Takaharu Nakai is fucking awesome to watch ride. He was going ballistic, and the fact that he’s got a fourth place finish in the Olympics was quite evident by his air-to-fakies. Wastell went huge, Kidwell took some laps, Lane Knaack was boosting, as well as Kyle Clancy, Iikka Backstrom, Lauri Heiskari and Eero Niemela (poaching) were killing it, too. BShaw, as always, just did his thing, much to the amazement of Kohei Kudo, who was fanning out on Bradshaw. Dude’s huge in Japan. Bode Merrill was getting after it too. At the end of the event, it was Takaharu who won, whose massive airs made us forget that it was in a mini pipe.
Then, it was time. The Chinese Downhill, my favorite event, personally. I had money on Fox, but I failed to remember that Bode Merrill rides real fast. REAL fast. He blew away the competition, coming over the final berm with a healthy lead as the rest of the field tangled, washed out, and rag-dolled. In my defense, Fox got third, while Kyle Clancy garnered second place.
It was an amazing day up at High Cascade, but we have to keep this kinda short. The Charity Auction goes down in an hour-and-a-half, as kids and campers vie to win their favorite rider’s setup. I plan on buying Kevin Jones’s board. Then, the final results are tallied and we crown The Champ. Tonight. So, keep a keen eye on snowboardermag.com for the final results of America’s Next Top Pro Model presented by The House.
[Update: The charity auction just went down. Bode Merrill’s pro model was deemed to be worth the most cash (as well as boots, bindings, sunglasses, and other product. Stay tuned, as the SNOWBOARDER staff tallies the total votes and crowns The Champ tonight at Charlie’s.]
SNOWBOARDER Magazine would like to thank the following people, brands, and mountain for their support. Without them, America’s Next Top Pro Model wouldn’t be possible: The House, High Cascade Snowboard Camp, Timberline, Preston Strout, Cory McDonald and the HCSC diggers, Terry Kidwell, Kevin Jones, Kurt Wastell, Russell Winfield, all of this year’s participants, and Caked Dave.
ANTPM Day 2 Results:
Best Jib Board