Published on March 28th, 2014 | by gatsbyadmin0
RedBull DoublePipe – Recap
We rolled into Aspen on Thursday night before the event. We watched a couple movies in our friend’s private movie theater, took a few dabs and passed out.. Up and early with the sun The Gatsby and I headed to Main St. Bakery for some nice pastries and coffee then we were off to watch the pros practice in the monstrous double half-pipe.. This event was really fun especially for someone like me who grew up going to pipe competitions and loving them. This was a big deal in the snowboard community because it was the first double super pipe ever built….complete with rails, wall rides and a channel gap. Now this wasn’t the circus that is the X-Games, There were a few hundred people watching on the day of the event instead of thousands. It still boasted a similar set up though. Cameras on wires and jumbo tv screens for everyone to see through the eyes of the videographers. Red Bull handing out the new line of drinks for free. The thing I really liked was the event had an 80’s pipe competition feel. The riders were doing hand plants, Mctwists, Michealchucks, and Japan airs. I think I even saw a Taipan air in there somewhere. Of course Louie Vito and Scotty Lago threw in a few double corks and big spins but the transitions from pipe to pipe were the most impressive to me because they have never been done in a super pipe. The pipe is usually cut with about 2-3 feet of vert which makes it difficult for the riders to make it from one pipe to the other without using the channel gap. A few guys almost got hurt trying the transfer, either landing on top or clipping the lip of the pipe. I’m sure this will only get better year after year if they keep doing it.
Sunday was the main event where they weeded out the riders with qualifiers in the morning and finals in the afternoon. Below is a link to a recap of the event. Enjoy!
Written by: Joey Cutty @joey_cutty