30/05/2007 | by Onboard
STANDINGsideways Invitational with SNO!zone and TSA.
Friday 27th April saw the first STANDINGsideways Invitational take place on the SNO!zone slope at Castleford Xscape.
The STANDINGsideways Invitational combines a special one off park feature designed to push the level of UK riding with a team of select UK pros in an exclusive after hours session that’s all captured and documented on camera – ready for the next TSA film.
“The idea is to create a session that gets everyone riding together in the best atmosphere for trick progression. It makes everyone more focused on one feature, pushes the riders to try new things and shows the potential for the indoor SNO!zone parks” says Damian Doyle, STANDINGsideways director and SNO!zone freestyle guru.
At the first of a series of Invitationals around the UK, a pretty hefty gap kicker built by the CASvegas SNO!park crew was adapted and a long thought about and much discussed idea was brought to life. An 18ft long slide box was set up on a steep landing and a kicker set back to make a massive 24ft gap to box, over a 12ft deep channel, a first for any UK slope!
Riders stepping up for the session were UK pros Charlie Clark, Rick Barrow, Colum Mytton, Jamie Nicholls, Jonny Russell, Si Foster, Laura Hill and Tom Wood.
After setting up the box and shaping the kicker there were a few apprehensive looks about the gap and speed needed to clear it, until Colum Mytton manned up and declared the session open with the first gap to 50-50.
column mytton not weighed down by his enourmous sack
Col, who rides for K2, was stoked on the night after landing the first ‘???’ to be done in the UK (sorry… trick has been censored – you’ll have to wait for the film!). “I was so impressed by the set-up, it was amazing to be riding with my old crew pushing each other so hard. Looking at the gap at the start of the night I didn’t expect the tricks that went down to happen like that, especially not at 4am in the morning!”
With the set-up now destroyed and tricks burned to celluloid memory and the minds of those present, the full story won’t be revealed until the release of the new TSA film in October 2007. A definitive UK movie from STANDINGsideways, showing the world that the UK dryslope and indoor scenes are one of the most hardcore scenes anywhere.
Look out for future news on STANDINGsideways Invitationals planned for SNO!zone slopes in Milton Keynes and Braehead.