Vans Hi-Standard series – Moscow

The Hi-Standard series stops off in Moscow to see what Russia has to offer

Over the weekend the Vans Hi-Standard series popped its Russian cherry, hosting a leg of the event in Moscow. It was held at Kant ski resort, which is just a short metro ride from Moscow city centre, which is pretty crazy in itself. It followed the same format as the other Hi-Standard competitions, with the focus being put on cash-for-tricks in big air and rail categories. The Hi-Standard differs to other comps, with a ban being put on any spins over a 720, so riders are judged more for their style than their ability to become a spinning top.

The 100 riders were blessed with sun and blue skies and a large crowd formed around the set up, with everyone getting amped to see some awesome riding. A bunch of the Vans team riders were there to do a bit of riding and get everyone stoked to lay down some heavy tricks. The pro’s turned out from all across Europe – the crowd was pumped to see Sparrow Knox, Cees Willie, Sami Luhtanen, Antti Jussila, Sebi Springeth and Måns Hedberg riding the course and serving up some steaming hot plates of tricks.

The day was set up as an open jam style format, with the riders earning money for confidently stomping tricks and getting the crowd hyped up. The run was varied and had kickers, rails and boxes so the riders were able to get creative across the course, and were rewarded for it accordingly. Alongside the cash-for-tricks, there were overall prizes for the day, with 2 MVP spots being awarded to one guy and one girl.

Iliin Mikhail cruised to victory in the male category, impressing the judges, reaching deep into his bag of tricks and coming up with the goods, most notably hitting a frontside 360 off the knuckle and landing to flat. The girls category was dominated by Romanova Varvara who had the whole crowd super hyped on her riding, and stomped a cab 540 off the kicker. Both MVP’s have earned an all expenses paid trip to British Columbia, Canada to take part in the grand finale of the hi-standard series, battling it out with the MVP’s from each stop along the way to see who will be crowned the ultimate MVP.

The ‘Van Doren Best Rail Trick’ was an incredible demonstration of snowboarding, Chepelev Fedor stood out amongst a ridiculous level of riding to win with a cab 270 front board slide to 450 out. The young guns were out in full force, nipping at the heels of the older, more experienced riders, and showing them that it’s sooner rather than later that they’ll have to start worrying about the young bucks stealing their crowns.

Dmitriev Yan was awarded Most Improved, holding his own despite his age, including hoisting a massive method over the kicker. After shredding hard all day Lenchevskiy Yaroslav took home the Under-16 title, battling to nail a backside Rodeo on the kicker.

The next in the Hi-Standard series is being held at Brighton Resort, Utah on the 23 March, so get ready to smash it. Registration is free, and comes with lunch included and a bunch of other cool stuff- like the shoe customisation workshop!


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