The crowd gathers at the Blackcomb Base Water Ramps as the competition begins
Whistler officially kicked off summer in a fitting way yesterday afternoon, as Momentum Ski Camps hosted their first annual “Splashdown” event on the Blackcomb Base II Water Ramp facilities. The unique event, which not only pits pros and campers against one another, featured awards for different categories such as fun jump, best trick, and the ever-important spin to win.
The event drew some pretty big heavy-hitters including the likes of Colby West, Justin Dorey, Mike Riddle, among others. Noticeably absent from the event was Bobby Brown, who opted to session the Camp of Champions kicker into the sunset.
The famous panel of judges
As we previously mentioned, the judges for the day included famous Canadian skiers such as 2010 Olympic Freestyle Moguls Champion Alex Bilodeau, and freestyle skiing pioneer Mike Douglas. However, as a special Canadian tri-fecta, female ski sensation Sarah Burke was added to the mix to inject even more ski knowledge to the picture.
Things kicked off with some warm-up drops into the water, and the skiers began to play around with fun tricks such as “screaming seamens” and old school mogul tricks. From there, the difficulty level got amplified tremendously, as heaps of doubles were dropped by competitors. In the end, it would be Breckenridge Dew Tour winner Mike Riddle taking the win with textbook double cork 1620s a la Mr. Schiller at Winter X Games 14.
Other notable moves included another triple (these things are popping up everywhere) in the form of a backflip by Mike Henituk, and some experimenting with unnatural double corks by Justin Dorey.
The successful event was a ‘splash’ hit, and was a welcome departure from high-pressure contests frequented by many of the skiers. Even for those who didn’t earn an award, the progressive nature of the event left everyone with additional confidence as they transition many of these tricks to the snow this season.