Shakedown 2006 was quite the disappointment compared to the 2005 competition, the skies were grey, it rained now and then, and everything seemed over hyped and too commercial. I guess it’s come a long ways in the past 5 years, for good and for bad. The jump was smaller than last year, the rail set up was pretty dope though, rails and ledges over a McDonalds restaurant, how they will out-do that, only time will tell.
My photos are all shit, I left before the finals even started, I couldn’t stand to get wet anymore, I wanted to head up to tremblant, for a good day of riding the next day. That next day was one of my favourite days of riding, pipe all day long with beautiful weather.
Shakedown 2005 was pretty rad. I went for the qualifications day to find nice blue bird skies and pretty warm temperatures. I had my 1d and a couple of batteries and some memory cards. The jump was enormous and I couldn’t get over how big it was when I first saw someone hit it. The ledge module was pretty dope too, concrete, metal and granite combinations.
Kids were going off like crazy, that night I hit up the Bourbon in St something, and got way too drunk, the day/night of the finals I was pretty much hungover, shaking and drinkign way too much red bull.
Shakedown 2005, unknown rider throwing himself off, for a chance at $10,000. Two flashes placed behind the jump.
This week was pretty rad, I went up to Tremblant for my spring break and stayed with this dude Adam that I met on Wheels & Wax. Turns out I knew his older brother and recognized him right away. We organized a big “gathering” in the snowboard park for after hours, and with the help of our friend Simon, we got some big jumps and rails built for the kids.
I really didn’t get many good shots out of the 2 day shoot, but I really liked this sequence of Charles Reid – bs board 270 out. The first day someone bailed really bad on one of the jumps and the day was killed. Day 2 Charles and Simon the two Reid bro’s were sessioning this big rail by themselves, even hitting it 10 feet behind each other. Out of nowhere Charles threw this down:
A rider named Kevin (I think) doing a huge backside 180 at Mont Tremblant in Quebec.