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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Haakonsen didn't disappoint, and was the only competitor to make his mandatory spin on the last jump an inverted one with a backflip off a ramp that wasn't really built for that kind of trick. "I could have done a five (540) spin, but I figured why not do the flip — there was enough room for it."

While Haakonsen cruised through the qualifiers and every heat of the finals, it was New Zealand's Will Jackways who came away with the trophy and $6,000 first prize.

The final four included Travis Williams, who won the first Boarderstyle last year, as well as Martin Jaureguialzo and Haakonsen.

The course included a few mandatory boxes up top and competitors had to spin over the final feature to win. While winning your heat mattered there was also a judging component to decide the winner.

"Today was awesome," said Jackways. "I really enjoyed the format, how it was all about having fun, and riding with the other snowboarders was really enjoyable. Being able to meet Terje and ride with him in the final is something I never expected, and it was so great — not beating him, just racing with him was an honour. It was nice he came out."

Jackways said it was strange to be thinking about spinning off a trick when you were so close to the other competitors, so he tried not to think about it at all.

"I really don't know how to describe it. It was all really fast and intense, so I tried not to think about what I was doing; I just did it and it worked out."

Truchon takes slopestyle gold

Antoine Truchon, 22, is quite simply one of the top up-and-coming snowboarders in Canada right now in a field that includes top pros Sebastien Toutan and Mark McMorris. Coming into The Shred Show he was ranked 18th in the world in the TTR World Tour, one of six Canadians in the top 25.

He placed second in opening Hip Jump event after landing his double corked tricks less than cleanly, and came into Monday's slopestyle contest — also a five-star TTR World Tour event — with something to prove.

His run did that. He started with a frontside double cork 1080, did a frontside onto the box and switch backside 180 off, a boardslide 270 onto the cannon rail and a backside 540 off, then wrapped up with a switch backside 1080.

With fog, wind and some new snow to contend with, Truchon established himself early as the rider to beat. His best run was scored a 94.25 out of 100, 8.5 higher than Ian Thorley of the U.S. Logan Haubrich, who finished just out of the money in Saturday's Big Hip contest in fourth place, took third.

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