Usually the only time you see topless snowboarding is when people are riding a Volcano like Mt. Hood, Bachelor or Mammoth. Chas Guldemond Photo: Huggy
Words: Pat Bridges
The snowboarding event finals of X Games 15 got off to a stellar start with a nod to a timeless trick; the method. A select field of 8 icons and current idols took to the 75 foot big air booter to see whose style could cause the fingers to flurry in this text voted showdown.
With strategy and acrobatics set aside these 8 riders had 10 minutes to get ahead by throwing it sideways. Mikkels euro style and Mitrani’s retro sctick couldn’t activate their followers to produce a podium finish. Though many speculated that a 911 text could benefit Peter Line more than any vote the most celebrated magazine columnist in the history of our sport showed the young’uns that he still has a legendary method. Top three was an all east coast mule kickin’ contingent. Chas Guldemond may have cheesed it up by opting for the skin to win topless approach but the buzzard has a hell of a backside grab. Second place went to Ross “The Boss” Powers. In addition to officially owning the title of highest halfpipe air ever with his first hit method at the 2002 SLC Olympics Ross can now claim an X Games best method silver medal. Surprisingly Scotty Lago hasn’t seen the view from atop a podium since the 2005 World Quarterpipe Championships. That all changed tonight as he blasted the most celebrated methods of the session. Rumor has it Lago landed 57 percent of the text votes. Of course shred analysts are suspect of the results stating that some spectators could easily have texted SL instead of their intended PL pledges. Either way Lago blasted as good as if not better than some of the greats tonight. Too bad Terje and Palmer were too pussy to put their grassers to the test as well.
When we first heard rumors of a new Winter X Games event we had trouble understanding why they would do a “Best Methhead” competition. Greg Bretz. Photo: Huggy
All we figured the Best Methhead would turn out to be was a bunch of riders tweaking their grabs and milking it for speed. Jack Mitrani. Photo: Huggy
Once we realized we were wrong and that it was a “Best Method” competition the fact that none of the winning tricks were spun totally made sense. Chas Guldemond. Photo: Ned Cremin
Snowboarder Magazine is proud to say that we were the only media outlet at the X Games who had a staff member compete in the event. Congratulations Peter on living to write another day and doing SNOWBOARDER proud. This is after all about The Best Method Comp, not the workmans comp. Peter Line. Photo: Huggy
This seventy five foot method ain’t a thing. Ross is charging the neighboring ninety foot booter as a part of the BX field. Ross Powers. Photo: Huggy
We are going to go out on a limb here and speculate that Jack Mitrani and the rest of “The Frends” crew are pinkos. There, we said it. Their rhetoric may seem all benign and be about equality and having a good time and partying but it’s not. You know who else likes to party? The communist party, that’s who! It is obvious that Scotty Lago used his social connections to his advantage in this event. Hell, were it not for this socialism Scotty might not have won. Want more proof. Look at Jack Mitrani in this photo. His getup is obviously a nod to The Right wing as well as a subtle reference to the Red Army. Makes you think twice about allowing these guys to pump anything into your head now doesn’t it. Jack Mitrani. Photo: Ned Cremin
Not sure what Scotty won for winning The Best Method contest but it is safe to say it probably isn’t nearly as cool as the all expense paid trip to Amsterdam he won for winning the World Quarterpipe Championships in 2005. Scotty Lago. Photo: Huggy
Scotty Lago showed up tonight as “The Man With A Data Plan.” Ross actually owns a shop named podium so this result is extra special. Chas Guldemond dedicated tonights third place finish to all those kids out there who have never had a chance to feel the delights of the method grab. His prize money is going to support them and their fight to stop skiing in its tracks. R: (Left to Right) Ross Powers, Scotty Lago, Chas GuldemondP: Ned Cremin