Last weekend, freestyle skiers and snowboarders gathered in the currently blustery Cerro Catedral, located just outside Bariloche, Argentina, for the fourth edition of one of the most awaited freestyle events by snow-lovers: The Rip Curl Pro 2012.
Catedral park maintenance, led by park manager Tincho Palomeque, worked hard all week preparing the terrain park to greet the competitors with a combination of jumps and obstacles sure to challenge and engage. ”In spite of unfavorable weather conditions the event organizers were forced to change the competition format and riders able to adapt without difficulty. We are very happy with the end result, we had the best level of freestyle obstacles and the event was also broadcasted live on the internet which enabled people to watch from their homes,” said Tincho Palomeque.
The event attracted over 50 riders, men and women, over the age of 17 to compete against each other in Rip Curl’s “Rail Jam Session.” The competitors trained and practiced the course in order to do their best in Saturday’s qualifying heats and Sunday’s finals. There were awards in store for the top 10 scoring skiers and snowboarders, the “Best Trick” awards going to skier Santiago Guzmán and snowboarder Matías Schmitt. The athletes that took a stand on the podium for winning their divisions were Agustina Burgazzi for Women’s Skiing, Erin Comstock for Women’s Snowboarding, Andrew Burns for Men’s Snowboarding, and Joel Abadalep for Men’s Skiing.
To add to the excitement of the event, South American artist, Kumbu Selectha preformed, and over 20,000 pesos worth of prizes mostly courtesy of Rip Curl were given out – including a giant bottle of Quilmes beer that all of the competitors enjoyed together. It is safe to say that this year’s Rip Curl Pro was a success in terms of competitions and parties. It’s certainly a winter to be in Argentina right now!