Quiksilver’s King of the Park presented by Samsung took place at the Wanaka Snow Park in New Zealand on 3rd September 2006.
Canadian Snowboarder Justin Lamoureux emerged victorious over a stacked field of international names to claim Quiksilver’s King of the Park slopestyle competition, held under glorious sunny skies at Snowpark near Wanaka.
Lamoureux nailed the top spot after a long days riding that saw nearly two dozen riders competing in qualification jam sessions in Snowpark’s massive halfpipe, quarter-pipe and off a giant step-down jump spanning a daunting 25-plus metres.
Lamoureux, an FIS World Championship silver medalist, successfully pulled off an array of technical tricks, including McTwists, frontside 720s, backside 720s, switch-method airs and some stylish handplants to nudge USA rider Jonathon Cheever into second during the eventual P.I.G style elimination final that was held under lights in the quarter-pipe.
With Cheever and Lamoureux virtually tied, the pair ultimately agreed the 'King of the Park' should come down to one giant air – whoever went higher and rode out the cleanest, would take the title. Lamoureux won and now for his next trick the Canadian will have to work out a way to get his first place prize, a huge Samsung LCD T.V. and surround sound system, home to Canada.
"I think I’ll have to leave all my luggage and my snowboards behind and just jump on the plane with my TV," joked Lamoureux.
Finishing third was Swiss rider Rolf Feldmann who stood out by stomping an impressive 720 in the final. The other finalists included Todd Malus (Canada), local standouts Rhys Boberg (Auckland, NZ) and National Slopestyle champ Roland Morley-Brown (Auckland, NZ).
With such incredible conditions and one of the world’s best terrain parks at their disposable, Quiksilver’s international team made the most of the day to go huge for the cameras. Flamboyant Australian snowboarder Max Cookes was just one of a select few who were towed down the hill by snow-mobile to generate the speed required to hit a giant, purpose built step-down jump.
Torah Bright (AUS), Mathieu Crepel (FRA), Martin Cernik (CZE), and local New Zealand rider Jacob Koia were among those who put in stand-out efforts and received additional prizes from presenting sponsor Samsung.
For more information about Quiksilver’s King of the Park presented by Samsung please go to: http://au.quiksilver.com/www/site9/KingOfThePark06/index.html