Day two of The Launch started out surprisingly. As in, the weather. It was calling for snow. Heavy snow. Instead, photographers, filmers, and riders awoke to clear, sunny skies and little wind. Needless to say, The Launch young guns immediately started shooting the moon.
First, let me start out by saying that there’s most certainly a new guard. As weird as it is to say that about the Tyler Flanagans of the snowboard world, there are a handful of kids at The Launch who are ready to take over. JD Dennis, Hunter Wood, Spencer Link, Sam Taxwood, Spencer Whiting, Caden Michnal and others took to the channel gap in a hurry. Sending it flat at times didn’t seem to bother them much, but most times, they hit it right in the sweet spot. A few double corks, backside rodeos, sevens, nines and tens were put down and you can see it in the recap video.
While the rest of the park was going off, the channel was the heaviest…until the chopper arrived. You could hear it from a mile away. Careening down the Kings Crown elbow, the bird chased 10 under-18ers down the gargantuan setup. After the chopper chased the children down the jump line, the same invited riders sessioned the hip. With rotor wash blowing camera bags about, the kids pointed it at the beast. Cam Fitzpatrick went huge. Austen Sweetin went to outer space. Seb Toots sent it to the moon as well as Hunter Wood, Stale Sandbech, Sam Taxwood, Hans and Nils Mindnich, Ben Ferguson, Garrett Warnick, JD Dennis, and Spencer Whiting. I couldn’t believe I was watching kids. It was unreal and surreal. Some serious shit went down on day two, and that too, can be witnessed secondhand in the recap galleries and video. Do yourself a favor and check it out if you have a few minutes, and while you’re at it, introduce yourself to the next generation.