On Saturday, January 5, App Terrain Park kicked off the 7th annual Shred for the Cup Series under clear blue skies and cool temps. Nice weather and snow conditions are more of an exception than a rule for event days it seems, so the great conditions helped boost stoke even more as shredders got started warming up around 11am.
The ATP crew worked hard throughout the night to offer up one of the most creative Rail Jam setups seen at a SFTC event. The setup consisted of a 20’ flat lift tower, a 21’ Down Flat Lift Tower, and a special Never Summer combo box that was a flat box, creeper box, and A-Frame box all in one with tons of possibilities. Last but not least, a special advanced feature was put together – highlighting the closeout rail alongside ATP’s new wallride offering a variety of gap, landing, and additional trick options.
Right around 60 competitors came through for the event and made short work of the course in front of them; wasting no time stepping up to every rail, takeoff option, and combination thereof. It must have been the smell of fresh hot dogs on the grill or the copious Red Bull for competitors that inspired the riding from the start. Needless to say it was exciting to watch, and looked like even more fun to be a part of.
Riders Meeting – Photos by Luke Sutton
The competition was underway right around Noon, with 3 Jam Sessions offered for Beginner, Intermediate, & Advanced Riders. The sessions lasted around 20-25 minutes each, with a 30 minute session given for the Advanced Riders to really push themselves. Skiers & snowboarders dropped together, and everyone seemed to be feeding off the others energy – with such a varied course, it also was a great display of all the riders’ adaptability. Big spins on and off the Down Flat Rail, Gaps over the closeout to the wallride, and too many tech tricks and combos to name on the NS Box feature were a normal sight in all divisions. In the end, Austin Leonard took home the win for Snowboarders, and Kellen Baker locked it down on the ski side.
Thanks to all the sponsors that made this event possible! Nordica/Never Summer, Neff, Scott, Full Tilt, Alpine Ski Shop, STZ, Skullcandy, Coal, Foursquare, Burton, Anon, Dakine, and DC.
The second event in the Shred for the Cup Series is the Big Air, and is scheduled for Sunday, January 27. Colder weather is forecasted towards the end of January, so look for ATP to capitalize on any snowmaking opportunity in order to construct the best jumps possible. See you there!