It’s enormous. Jutting out from the Three Kings arm, looming above downtown Park City, Jeremy Cooper and his crew of talented PC pushers have sculpted a grip of features that would rival any built at Superpark. A slew of rail features lead into a massive step up, which direct the underage riders toward a treacherous channel gap. Following the first two jumps immediately are an 80 foot step down equipped with a monstrous wedge. Then there’s the hip, in direct view of chairlifters, and it funnels into a 22-foot quarterpipe. It’s perfection personified in modern-day park building.
The world’s best under-18 shredders descended upon Park City this morning. The sun was out. The wind was minimal. And the action didn’t disappoint, which is par at this prestigious platform event. Riders like Mark McMorris, Tyler Flanagan, Sage Kotsenburg, Sebastien Toutant and Trevor Jacob have laid the foundation of their careers at The Launch, and this year, while the majority of the aforementioned are also in attendance, a new wave of next generation rippers have showed up to show the world what’s in store for Mr. White in Sochi.
I would have to say that the heaviest session went down on the hip this afternoon. Sebastién Toutant went the biggest, but giving him a run for his money were Spencer Whiting, Kevin Backstrom, Stefan Krum, Garrett Warnick, Cam Fitzpatrick, and Hand Mindnich. 20-foot airs were tossed. Crazy tweaks were set down, and a few looser-than-normal backflips were hucked by Stefan. All in all, it was a pretty heavy day for riders who were just warming up.
The remainder of the field sessioned on all features all day long, and the rest of the standouts are too many to mention. That’s what videos are for. All I’m doing is letting you know that these kids are for real, and on top of that, they’re hungry. Watch the video. Check out the galleries. And have a look at the next big things. Stay tuned to snowboardermag.com for exclusive daily updates.