Simon Dumont setting the Guinness World Book of Records highest quarter pipe air. photo: www.wired.com
Red Bull skiers Bobby Brown & Simon Dumont as well as snowboarders Mark McMorris, Pat Moore, and Toutant are gonna be chilling at Squaw Valley USA for the next two weeks. No, it’s not because our streams and creeks flow with Red Bull, it’s because Red Bull has built them a super park that they can train and film on.
Some impressively gnarly stuff has already gone down, namely the second ever triple cork 1440 on a snowboard. Scary.
These athletes are here to train, film, and push the limits of the sport by doing tricks so ridiculous that you’ll need some serious slow mo, at least 3 different camera angles, graphs, schematics, and a well spoken announcer to break it down piece by piece just to understand what happened.
I have been hanging out and watching some of the action, albeit, they really don’t let you get that close. I saw a skier do a switch double cork 720? It was definitely double cork and he definitely took off backwards, spun around a lot, and landed backwards.
This park Red Bull has built is complete with a huge jump that goes into a collosal air bag so that the athletes can try really difficult tricks and have the option of landing on their heads on an air bag. There is also an air bag at the end of the half pipe so that they can huck huge outta the pipe, try silly stuff, and land on an airbag. It is pretty cool to see Red Bull setting up this kind of a park to give it’s athletes the opportunity to push themselves and get better.
The only downside is obvious. These jumps are huge and when it goes wrong, it’s goes very wrong. At least one athlete has been carted off the hill by patrol already since it all started on Saturday. Wish these guys luck as they put it on the line out there the next couple weeks.
Have a gander at the ESPN article about the Red Bull park at Squaw: www.espn.com