Bobby Brown Kills It (and Wins) at NZ Freeski Open Slopestyle

Posted By: Zeke Piestrup on August 20, 2009 11:45 am

The two most egregious errors of the upcoming Winter Olympics are the exclusion of the women ski jumpers and no slopestyle comp.  Out of all the disciplines in skiing right now, outside of alpine downhill, slopestyle features the most exciting skiing there is.  The progression level is just astounding.  The Golden Age of slopestyle is happening right now, and unfortunately it will not have the deserved benefit of being on the Olympic stage.  Hey, there’s always parallel giant slalom!

Bobby Brown continued his assault on the freeskiing world in Wanaka, New Zealand.  The 18-year-old took first place in the men’s slopestyle competition at the Volkl NZ Freeski Open.  Check the vid above to watch the insane greatness (Brown’s run starts at 5:18).  Brown’s double cork 1080 off the third jump (pitctured below) is utterly jaw-dropping.  Keep in mind that Brown is 6’3″.  This is no midget gymnast.

“The slopestyle course was awesome. I loved it,” said Brown. “It was the best competition I’ve been in for a long time, the event had a great feel and there were a lot of people around.”

The podium was stacked with next-gen greatness –  Bobby Brown first, another American Tom Wallish in second, and Henrik Harlaut of Sweden in third.  Add up the combined ages of the three podium finishers (18+22+18) and you’d still need to throw in a 20-year-old fourth place finisher Matt Margetts of Canada to equal the age of IOC President, Jacques Rogge.  Perhaps there’s something in that little mathematical formula to explain the exclusion of slopestyle at the Winter Olympics.  I guess there’s always 2014 for Mr. Brown and friends.

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