Last night’s final event of the Monster Energy Shred Show: Snowboard Big Air drew the largest crowd of the week to Whistler Village.
Ten men qualified for the finals earlier in the night, but it was Canada’s Maxence Parrot who stole the show with a near perfect backside Triple Cork 1440 Mute grab scoring an impressive 96.50. Parrot’s win sent him home with the $15,000 prize purse. Last Friday, Parrot also placed 5th in the 5Star Slopestyle contest.
On his winning trick Parrot commented, “I was really surprised to stomp the triple the first try, I brought it around very fast but it was difficult. I am only used to doing it on a lot bigger jumps than this one.”
At the 6Star X Games Aspen this past January, Parrot won a silver medal in Slopestyle as well as taking first place at the O’Neill Evolution Big Air the previous week.
“I think the event is great, Big Air is always a show, there is a good crowd, the music is right there which is pretty insane. The crowd is pretty nuts, they’re screaming, that is what makes the contest really fun.” Expressed Parrot. “Big Air is always fun because you only have one hit so it’s all in, you give all you have. This being a 5Star event really gets all the pro riders here evolving the contest and making it harder, for me Whistler is the best place ever, maybe in Canada.” He added.
Norway’s Kim Rune Hansen executed an impressive switch backside double cork 1260 mute grab on his second run to earn 2nd place on the podium with a score of 93.25. Last month, Hansen took 3rd place at Austria’s 5Star Spring Battle. Finishing up the podium was USA’s Justin Morgan who earned a 90.25 for his switch backside double cork 1260 stalefish.
“The event was super sick this year and the jump was super nice, conditions were great, a little rain the speed was still consistent so everything was good.” Said Hansen.
This year’s 5Star Monster Energy Shred Show has come to an end. Next year’s event in Whistler should be another spectacular showing of snowboard talent.
Morgan believed, “I thought the jump was perfect, it was such a good jump for progression, all night everyone was having fun, I was having fun, it could not have been better. I got to say, I look forward to this event every year because this event is so big, the jumps are huge and the riders are so much fun to ride with, I love it.”
Take a look at the top ten of the Snowboard Big Air:
1. Maxence Parrot 96.50 (CAN)
2. Kim Rune Hansen 85.75 (NOR)
3. Justin Morgan 90.25 (USA)
4. Sage Kotsenburg 87.00 (USA)
5. Matts Kulisek 80.25 (CAN)
6. Carlos Gerber 79.25 (SUI)
7. Emil Ulsletten 77.00 (NOR)
8. Darcy Sharpe 62.50 (CAN)
9. Eric Willett 23.25 (USA)
10. Nicholas Julius 12.75 (USA)
To take a look at the World Snowboard Tour 2013-2014 season check out: www.worldsnowboardtour.com.