Photo: For those that would rather see a floaty back 180, Rowan Coultas obliges
All photos by Sam Mellish
Forget about going Big In Japan, the Olympic snowboard slopestyle in Pyeongchang, South Korea, this month is set to go MASSIVE. Thanks to our man on the ground Sam Mellish, we can bring you a cheeky look at one of the first practice sessions to go down before it all kicks of early on Saturday morning, for us in Euroland anyway.
We’ve seen a few snaps, clips and reactions from various social feeds and the consensus seems to be that the course is big, especially the rail section. Some of the down bars come in around head height, and although the average slope rider these days isn’t that much in terms of feet and inches, the phrase #brissespots does come to mind.
There had been a little controversy from a few riders and coaches in the build-up, mainly around how some of the features seem to be more weighted in favour of the skiers (that rainbow-to-flat-to-down for one), but from first glance, it looks like there’ll be plenty to keep our lot entertained until Monday morning.
Our only complaint is that there’s too much choice! You could spend a whole season finding new lines through some parts of the course, so unless we’re going to see a lot of riders risking it and getting creative, it might seem all a bit of a waste in a week’s time.
Moving on from the big jib section, you’ll notice that the kickers aren’t all that small either. About as pristinely-shaped as the renders we saw a few months ago, we can’t wait to see some more action go down on these.
The men’s qualifiers will kick off Saturday morning at 2am CET, but we’ll be back with more before then.