A heavyweight bout to kick things off here. American Bode was given the bronze by the judges last year, while Quebecois Frank April won the “fan favourites” voting award. What will they bring to the table this time around?
Well here’s Bode Merrill…
…and here’s Frank April’s part.
Both of these are seriously impressive. As you might expect Frank (who hails from a province where they seem to have more sick shred-spots per capita than anywhere else on earth) has the lion’s share of dramatic-looking spots.
But we reckon when it comes down to online voting, the “crazy” tricks factor is probably more important – think how popular Scotty Vine or Scott Stevens’ parts are online. And (as well as his undoubted technical ability) Bode has that in spades – just look at the rodeo to rail or the one-footed miller flip at the end. Mental. Our money’s on Bode.