The Launch 2018 at Woordward Copper – Day 2 Photos and Highlights
photos: E-Stone, T. Bird, Mary Walsh, and Mark Clavin
The morning kicked off in the Woodward park to the tune of clear, blue skies, which was a pleasant departure from the gray and windy conditions on day one, and the riding was a direct result in the weather break, as a handful of kids wasted no time piling atop the offset quarterpipe feature at the bottom and began sending. Miles Fallon kicked off the session in the zone which quickly became hectic. If you were a filmer or a photographer, you were forced to keep your head on a damn swivel in order to avoid being landed on by multiple riders at any given time. However, the self-governance of these youngsters kicked in and they developed a rigid cadence and the session went off. Riders like Keegan Hosefros, Lucas Foster, Valentino Guseli, Jack Coyne, Justin Phipps and a slew of others redirected, went upside down and spun over the gap until the session died down and the action moved back to the top of the park for a quick reset.
Later in the afternoon Jack Wiley spurred a session on the upper islands of jibs with a frontside invert on a Woodward tire set up on the side of a jump. Storm Rowe, Zeb Powell, Jack Coyne, Denver Orr and a crew quickly began dropping into the transition, planting, stalling, hiking and repeating. The shred cycle of The Launch. Quickly, the dogged rail sessions that had taken over the lower areas of the park in the morning were in effect at the top of the lane. Wiley moved up to a round bar and notched another clip for the day 2 edit. Alexis Rolland further impressed a loaded peanut gallery with hardway back ones and a FT switch frontboard pretzel on the down bar. David Retzlaff, Nick Miller, Joey Fava, Ian Matteoli, and the rest of assembled riders kept dropping until the park was swept for grooming in preparation for the final event of the day.
To cap it all off, an invite-only sunset session on the Woodward Copper hip and final jump closed out day two. Luke Winkelmann, Craig Gouweloos, Matty Cox, Windham Miller, Jadyn Chomlack, Asher Humphreys, and a few others lit up the jump line while Justin Phipps, Ty Schnorrbusch, Rakai Tait, Brett Esser, Miles Fallon, Chase Blackwell, and Denver Orr were lit up from flash on the hip. Needless to say that these kids sent it, but Denver Orr literally sent it over the whole hip and rode away clean. If you don’t believe us, check out the video footage when it drops later this week, but until then just enjoy the photos.