Go big or go home: the RIDE Shakedown heads to the Alps for its European debut. Canadian rules, Euro-style. March 11-12, 2011.

Just south of Munich, Garmisch-Partenkirchen will soon host the very first European edition of the RIDE Shakedown. Unique in its delivery, the snowboarding competition features an exclusive format in which invited professional snowboarders will compete alongside local qualified amateurs for a €35,000 purse.

Previously featured in both Canada and the United States, the free-admission jam-style event, which has drawn over 20,000 spectators, is known for its impressive urban rail features and 50-foot jump only unveiled to the athletes the day of the competition. The RIDE Shakedown is the only major snowboarding event that features a big air jump followed by a rail set up, in addition to the popular “jam format" competition. The concept: a laidback, live-it-up event with minimal restrictions for the riders.

In its milestone tenth year, the event heads to the south of Germany in the hopes to deliver the same energy-packed entertainment to a European audience as a recognized 4star Swatch TTR World Snowboard Tour event. Patryck Bernier and Brendan O’Dowd, founders of DIZZLE Entertainment and organizers of the RIDE Shakedown, call the event a spectacle, “It’s fun for everyone whether you’re a core snowboarder or just want to experience the action. We get the audience involved throughout the event. Everything is closed-in and the pros are accessible to anyone who comes to Garmisch." Being held at the Olympic ski stadium, spectators don’t even have to buy a lift ticket and get on the hill but they can enjoy the mountain panorama – and the free entry, of course!

International professional and RIDE team snowboarder Juuso Laivisto is already confirmed for this premier edition. The Finnish rider carries a 4star TTR event title, winning the 8th Red Bull Nanshan Open in China last January.

EVENT SCHEDULE (free admission)

Friday, March 11, 2011

10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Registration for Planet Sports amateur qualifications/ Relentless Rail Jam

1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Planet Sports amateur qualification

3:30 p.m. Qualifying riders announced

4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Relentless Rail Jam qualifications

5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Course maintenance

6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Relentless Rail Jam

8:45 p.m. Awards Ceremony

10 p.m. Pleasure Magazine presents RIDE Shakedown Afterparty at The Lodge, www.lodge-gap.de (18 years +)

Saturday, March 12, 2011

11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. RIDE Shakedown semi-finals

1:45 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Onboard Magazine autograph session with pro riders

3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. RIDE Shakedown finals

5:30 p.m. Awards Ceremony

10 p.m. Pleasure Magazine presents RIDE Shakedown Afterparty at The Lodge, www.lodge-gap.de (18 years +)

Calling all amateurs

On Friday, March 11, riders will compete during the Planet Sports amateur qualifications. The first 50 ams to register will have the opportunity to show off their skills and earn one of three spots to go head-to-head with the pros during the semi-finals on Saturday, March 12. For the Relentless Rail Jam, 40 ams will have the chance to carve out a place for themselves among the pros. The registration form is available on the RIDE Shakedown website. First come, first served! For amateur riders interested in participating, qualification rounds will be held across Europe. For complete details, visit the event website www.rideshakedown.com