The ninth edition of the Grandvalira Total Flight wrapped up this weekend in the slopes of Andorra with Canadian native Charles Reid standing atop the podium. After being upgraded to 5 stars on the World Snowboard Tour this year, the event was one of the season’s most anticipated slopestyle competitions, and the action did not disappoint.
The finals saw a morning of moody weather that nearly erased visibility and made it impossible to complete a run. But eventually the rain and snow gave way to the sun and allowed the riders to take full advantage of a course that consisted of a rail zone with a choice between a 6 meter rail or rail king, followed by a down box with a 5 meter gap or wallride, and ending a set of 3 kickers.
Charles Reid took full advantage of all the course had to offer, turning a run that started off with a gap frontside 270, followed by a gap frontside boardslide to fakie, and finished with a corked cab double mute 900 and a smooth backside rodeo 5 melon in the kickers.
Just over a year after ACL surgery, Reid proved that he is ready to compete for a spot in the 2014 Sochi games inaugural Olympic slopestyle competition.
After the event the 22 year old spoke to reporters,
“It feels pretty good to get up on the podium and win first prize, even more so when it’s a TTR event like this. I didn’t expect to win the competition but I had a lot of confidence in my tricks. The circuit was incredible, you could get a lot of speed, it was really good. I’ll be back next year for sure!”
Be sure to watch out for Reid as he finishes off this TTR season and makes a push for the 2014 games.