Words & Photos: Pat Bridges
Bonus Photo Gallery: Jay Cagney
As much as we’d like to describe the first stop of the 2011 Superpass Superpark Qualifying Series as being a heated competition the seemingly sub arctic temps prohibit us from making any references that would lead readers to believe the conditions were the least bit hospitable. Wind would add to the contentious atmosphere and cause attrition to take place pre registration. Nonetheless dozens of New Jerseys finest jumpers arrived bright and early at Mountain Creek to partake in their chance at a Superpark invite as well as the heaps of prizes provided by Volcom, Capita, Electric, High Cascade Snowboard Camp and Bag Jump.
The terrain park staff at Mountain Creek went beyond the requisite triple line requirements which was requested to 25, 35, and 45 feet respectively. Rather than settle Mountain Creek stepped up and provided the Superpassers with a textbook 25 foot booter, complete with squared sides to a classic 35 foot step down gap. This gap was rad. Normal tricks looked three times as high and the perceived consequence afforded by the vertical cut uphill edge of the knuckle added drama to every attempt.
Closing the Superpass course were two side-by-side true tables, which could be channel, gapped as a separator. Needless to say the Mountain Creek Superpass has set the bar pretty high for following tour stops.
Seventeen contenders made the start and proceeded to throw down on each feature in a best of four runs format. This change of procedure was warranted by the cold temps and gusty conditions but didn’t hamper the action one bit. Late spins, Corked fives, cab 9’s and misty flips were all thrown.
Yet only one rider would receive the Superpass invite. By showing skill, composure and creativity on each feature Brett Stewart set himself apart from the pack. This fall Brett Stewart will be joining snowboarding’s elite at Superpark.
With the first stop of the 2011 Superpass a success SNOWBOARDER would like to thank everyone who stepped up to make the event a success including Mountain Creek, Volcom, Electric, Capita, High Cascade Snowboard Camp, Bag Jump, Avert Guldemond, Joe Hession, Nate Galli, Hugh Reynolds, Daniel Broadwell, Kade Madson, Juice, The Appalachia, and the riders.
See the complete event results at the bottom of the post.
*Bonus gallery below from local Mountain Creek photographer Jay Cagney
1. Brett Stewart
2. Brett Strother
3. Cody Bush
4. Timmy Kempson
5. Chad Strother
6. Tie Bryan Watson
6. Tie Kyle Earl
8. Matt Behre
9. Tie Brian Hupper
9. Tie Peter Pape
11. Matt Bothfeld
12. Richie Verost
13. Billy Keil
14. Mike Mainero
15. Scott Hopper
16. Stephen Cerra
17. Ryan Cheek
For more info on the upcoming Superpass events click the flyer above.