For the second year in a row, Burton held their halfpipe invitational in Åre. Last years event was one of the funniest of the year and the expectations for this year was all time high.
Since shaper Gotte left Åre last year the pipe had been shit so he had some hard work to do to get it fixed for the event. But with his skills he managed to deliver a solid and long (and I mean Long!) pipe for us to shred. I missed the training day due to some problems with the event management but I got to shred it enough on the competition day. The slush had frozen during the night so we woke up to a very hard and icy pipe. And as a result of the lacking sun, the pipe were to stay like this until the end of the event.
The pipe was very slippery and hard to ride in the beginning. I managed to over rotate a spin, slip on my edges in the bottom and knock my face in the ground. It felt like my nose fell of but after it stopped bleeding I continued to training. First we did the qualification followed by head to head. I got to meet Jacob Wilhelmsson this year again. Last year I kicked his ass but this year he was thirsty for revenge. I won the first and sticked my next two runs. So did Jacob and the judges picked him for the semi final. For me it was over but I was already looking forward for the evening party.
Nitro’s Patrik Lundin with old piperipper/coach Petter Levin.
After a superb dinner at Werséns we went for the bar to spend the pile of drinking tickets we were issued. The party was sick but it wasn’t until Skullcandy’s team boss Erik wanted to buy me a drink that it all went dizzy. Me and Carro went home a bit earlier and it wasn’t until the next day that I learned that it was 12 centilitres of booze in the drink. 35 euros. Wiiiiihaaa… That was a good ride. It looked better on the way out the next day though.
Me, my red nose, Erik and the drink…
We’ll never grow up…
BHPI turned out to be a sick event with a lot of happy faces. Next up is the shoot in Vännäs. Gotte promises pipe, corner and gap kicker!
Music Tip: Carnal Forge – I smell like Death.