Terje Haakonsen - Stall to Frontflip
They don’t call Terje Haakonsen the ‘Sprocking Cat’ for nothing. Terje is the undisputed best rider in the world at recovering from tricks and switching them up to stick ’em. We personally think that being able to adapt your trick or run in the moment is the hallmark of a technical rider.
However, we think even Terje surpassed himself back in 2001 for The Arctic Challenge in this wee number. Ed Leigh witnessed this feat of brilliance, so we’ll leave it to him to wax lyrical about it –
“He later explained he had drifted out over the platform, though how Terje managed to force the board through a backside air with no rotational momentum was what left jaws sagging. But he’d managed it and as he hit the lip of the quarter on the way back down, he was facing the transition. This didn’t change the fact that he had just fallen nearly eight meters onto a razor sharp ice lip, but it did mean that Terje could anticipate the impact, which he did perfectly.
He caught the lip right between the bindings, absorbed as much of the impact’s energy as he could and then threw his head down into the transition so he wouldn’t get launched out onto the flat by the inevitable rebound. What this did though was initiate a front flip and Terje amazed even himself when he stomped this survival flip four meters down the transition and rode away unscathed with his head in his hands in disbelief. It was a rare moment where Terje’s ridiculous talent surprised even himself…”