Sharpe, Truchon take Shred Show 

Terje Haakonsen makes surprise appearance in Boarderstyle

click to enlarge PHOTO BY ANDREW MITCHELL - Hip hoorayRube Goldberg grabs his tail and spins over the jump in The Shred Show's Big Hip contest on April 14.
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  • Hip hoorayRube Goldberg grabs his tail and spins over the jump in The Shred Show's Big Hip contest on April 14.

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"(The set up) was pretty hard, but when the pressure is on I seem to ride better, thanks to my coach," he said.

There was a question whether Sharpe would even compete, after tweaking his knee riding the previous week. He made the decision to go ahead after consulting a physiotherapist that morning. This wasn't a contest to take lightly: the hip jump itself was a monster, with a ramp that was about two storeys high and narrow at the end, and a huge gap with three landing options. If you hit the ramp fast enough to land on the downhill transition you were probably 12 metres off the ground at one point and flew about 20 metres — and some competitors landed far enough down they likely went a lot farther than that.

McAdoo said that set-up actually benefitted Sharpe. "(The takeoff) is really tight, and we spent quite a bit of time on airbag jumps this year, which paid off because he learned how to trick off narrow jumps," he said.

Kiwi tops Boarderstyle

Competitors in the second annual Shred Show Boarderstyle got a bit of surprise on Sunday morning when one of the biggest names in snowboarding showed up at the start. Norway's Terje Haakonsen, who spends most of his time filming these days and only enters the odd contest for fun, was in town anyway for the festival. He heard about the Boarderstyle format — a combination of snowboardcross and slopestyle — and decided to check it out.

He thought the course was "pretty mellow and pretty cool, too" and even threw a twisting backflip off the last feature, which wasn't really built for that kind of thing. But he liked the fact that the event organizers were taking chances and trying something new.

"It was more like boardercross used to be," he said. "They used to be built like obstacle courses back in the '90s, and now they're really wide and kind of boring."

Haakonsen drew international attention in 1998 after boycotting the halfpipe event at the Olympics — an event he was favoured to win, to protest the involvement of the International Skiing Federation (FIS) and what he saw as a watering down of his sport.

He still feels as strongly today, and has been encouraged by the diversity of events in the pro world and by the fact that the International Snowboard Federation held a world championship this year.

"Riders know what they need to do, and that's to take control of our own sport, whether it's FIS, IFS or TTR... we have to remember that it's still a young sport, it can be anything we want it to be."

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