08/03/2011 | by Tom Copsey
A whirlwind month for the Ride Shakedown: Germany and Seattle in the coming weeks, Mont Saint-Sauveur set for April 1-2.
Ten years of success is worth celebrating in style! On April 1-2, RIDE Shakedown presented by Videotron will celebrate its 10th anniversary at Mont Saint-Sauveur (Quebec, Canada). Following their tradition since 2002, the DIZZLE Productions team promises to turn the event into a huge snowboard party that everyone can enjoy; from the professional athletes – such as local X Games gold medalist Sébastien Toutant, to the determined 80 amateurs, without forgetting the 20,000 expected event goers who will freely enjoy top notch athleticism and entertainment.
Before ending their season at the RIDE Shakedown presented by Videotron, the world’s best riders will have had the opportunity to test their skills at two other international instalments of the RIDE Shakedown – the first on March 11-12 at Garmisch-Partenkirchen (Germany), and the second on March 18-19 in Seattle (USA), both of which are part of the Swatch TTR World Snowboard Tour. These events further demonstrate that DIZZLE Production is making its mark at the international level.
“This year is a milestone for us. Not only are we celebrating our 10th anniversary, but we now have three events in three different countries, one of which is a first in Europe”, explain Brendan O’Dowd and Patryck Bernier, founders and organizers of the RIDE Shakedown. “For our 10th year, we want to amaze both our athletes and our thousands of spectators. They have been there for us since the very beginning, so we want to thank them with the best show we can offer. Star athletes, the RIDE Shakedown partner village, the Videotron LED giant screen, and most of all, the atmosphere, are all ingredients to an event that promises to be memorable for all.” For this 10th edition, the event sponsor, Videotron, will give a handful of lucky spectators the opportunity to watch the riders’ performances from up close; a first for the RIDE Shakedown which will be revealed hours before the event
In total, over $35,000 cash prize is at stake, and the cream of the crop will be in attendance – including all the event’s winners since 2002. Much like the past 10 years, participants will compete on a slopestyle course that combines a big air jump and a unique rail setup only unveiled moments before the competition.
Amateur riders will not be outdone. They compete to earn their spot among snowboarding elites by competing at the various qualifying events that take place throughout Quebec this winter, or by registering online. The schedule and forms for qualifying events are available on the RIDE Shakedown website at www.rideshakedown.com.
Thanks to the amateur qualification, Montreal native Sébastien Toutant managed to pull the rug out from under the professionals in 2006 and took home the big title. The one they call Seb Toots also took home the 2009 RIDE Shakedown, and is one of the most prominent figures in snowboarding today. However, Toutant will need to be wary of friend and fellow team rider Mark McMorris, who has equally made waves this year by taking gold at the Air & Style Innsbruck, silver in the slopestyle category at the X Games and who won the 2010 RIDE Shakedown. American rider Eric Willett is no less a threat, the rider came in third at the O’Neill Evolution in Switzerland.
What’s more, fellow Americans Zack Hale and Yale Cousino, two well-known names in the industry, have confirmed their participation along with 2008 RIDE Shakedown winner Charles Reid.
Other notable contenders include Quebec natives Alex Cantin (RIDE Snowboards rookie PRO rider), Matts Kulisek (winner RIDE Shakedown USA 2010) alongside fellow Canadians Mark Sollors and Matt Belzile.
Unique competition format
While there are many snowboarding events in the North America, the RIDE Shakedown stands out by virtue of its unparalleled competition format. What makes the RIDE Shakedown such a hit and a cut above the rest is its unparalleled competition format. The concept: a laidback, live-it-up event with minimal restrictions on the riders. Spectators are taken to the very heart of the action and treated to a thrill-a-minute show that’s eminently accessible. At the RIDE Shakedown, riders are required to master two different disciplines: Big Air and rail, featuring three different rail options revealed only on the first day of competition. Competitors and fans alike look forward to the moment. While pros are the main attraction, amateurs are also in the game, as they valiantly battle it out in an attempt to make a name for themselves. Every winter, new talent is discovered!
Event schedule, viewing times and more info on www.rideshakedown.com.