Red Bull Recharged—A New Contest From Mark McMorris and Ben Ferguson Hits Mammoth

From the minds of Ben Ferguson and Mark McMorris, Red Bull Recharged hits Mammoth Mountain, CA this week for a mix of competition, progression and good ol’ fashioned spring riding. Opting out of the classic three-run contest format for a three-team formula, Mark and Ben are giving 20+ riders and three filmers three days to stack clips on the one-of-a-kind course, all boiling down to 10 clips per team to decide a winner. We don’t have an official score sheet, but we do know that Travis Rice will be the judge, so everything from style to size and creativity across the setup will factor in to who will be crowned the first ever Recharged champs.

Ben Ferg testing out the halfpipe up top. p: Peter Morning

Bringing something new to the table, the late season film contest taps into the minds of the celebrated riders for a course unlike any other. "To push competitive snowboarding in a more positive direction, let's bring the level of rotations down by creating a course that's harder to ride and more skatepark influenced. Working with Mark and Frank, that's what Red Bull Recharged build is all about,” said Ben Ferguson. Complete with features from top to bottom on the backside of Mammoth Mountain near chair 14, the crew did an insane job putting it all together. Quarterpipes, jumps, and transition galore, we can’t wait to see what all goes down.

Along with designing the course with park builder Frank Wells, McMorris and Ferguson will be designated team captains with Brock Crouch heading up the final crew. The team breakdown is as follows:

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Captain: Ben Ferguson
Filmer: Tyler Orton
– Ryo Aizawa
– Zak Hale
– Scott Blum
– Gabe Ferguson
– Sage Kotsenburg
– Torgeir Bergrem

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Captain: Mark McMorris
Filmer: Russell Chai
– Mikey Ciccarelli
– Jake Canter
– Sebbe De Buck
– Scotty James
– Craig McMorris
– Toby Miller

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Captain: Brock Crouch
Filmer: Malachi Gerard
– Red Gerard
– Maddie Mastro
– Yuki Kadono
– Judd Henkes
– Luke Winklemann
– Nik Baden

As you can tell, the decks are pretty stacked. No matter their background or “discipline” amongst the contest season, every rider will have to do their part across the course if they want to win. Board control reigns supreme, and the rider-driven course has been built to highlight that. Check back in soon for a full recap from the event, and keep your eyes on the #redbullrecharged hashtag for clips dropping all week!

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Official press release below:

MAMMOTH LAKES, CA – (May 14, 2019)The world's best snowboarders are uniting this week for Red Bull Recharged, a team-based content battle during May 14-17 at Mammoth Mountain. Like anything that evolves, stagnancy stalls progression. There is a constant need for change, be it in our culture or ideology, in order to progress and move forward. As it relates to modern day snowboarding, some would say that exists in the form of standardized contests that don't give riders a voice. Enter Red Bull Recharged, a gathering that's set to spark change to the status quo.

From Olympians and co-conceptors Ben Ferguson and Mark McMorris, Red Bull Recharged emphasizes board control while empowering snowboarders to have a say in what and how they ride. "The whole idea around the course build is that it won't be for just slopestyle riders or halfpipe riders. It's going to take away the whole label and separation. Red Bull Recharged is for
snowboarders by snowboarders," says Ferguson. "We want to bring snowboarding back to the core of being a good overall rider. We're excited to encourage this through a park build that's built off transition and slope variations that focuses on controlling speed through features," added McMorris.

The three-team format, where content is king, will allow riders to draw from their influences, plug into style and bring creativity to the forefront. Led by captains Ben Ferguson, Mark McMorris and Brock Crouch, each team will be tasked with capturing ten highlight worthy clips on a course that is as massive as it is fluid. Following the session, the winning team will be determined by none other than snowboard legend, Travis Rice. One of the world's most renowned park builders, Frank Wells, has been tapped to push up the Red Bull Recharged course with the help of the Unbound Terrain Park team and revolutionary grooming machine, PistenBully. With over two years of planning, Wells, Ferguson and McMorris have orchestrated an 18-day build on the legendary terrain found on the backside of Mammoth Mountain's Chair 14. "Given Mammoth's commitment to snowboarding through the Unbound Program, it was a natural fit to bring this project here. The exciting part is to have Ben, Mark and their friends come in, ride it and then make changes based on their feedback. This is as rider driven of an event that I've ever done," says Wells.

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