Damn. Now that was one helluva show. We’re at possibly the only freeride contest in the world, where riders like Nils Mindnich and Victor de le Rue don’t make it past the first round. Insanity, but the level of riding in Jackson was sky high from start to finish. You’ve got this veritable smorgasbord of riders in a melting pot of experiences and backgrounds, with vastly different skill sets, taking on this incredible purpose-built course, squaring up against not only each other, but the elements. The overriding vibe of the day was ‘holy shit’.
“He couldn’t hold off the froth goblin Austen Sweetin, who went absolutely huge”
Dropping in for the very first run and kicking off the Natural Selection Tour was seasoned vet GiGi Rüf, pushing 40 but still enough juice in the tank to throw down an uber stylish frontside 7 his first attempt. Fair play to him, GiGi was mega but he couldn’t hold off the froth goblin Austen Sweetin, who went absolutely huge all three of his runs to take the win.