When: August 26, 2008
Where: Falls Creek, Australia
French Canadians Matts Kulisek and Charles Reid continue their dominance at Stylewars during day two of competition at Falls Creek Australia. Stylewars 2008 presented by Oakley. August 24-28, 2008 Falls Creek Resort, Australia. [Watch video of Day 1's action HERE]
The weather was a tad less fortuitous for Day 2's action in Falls Creek. High winds and lingering cloud meant a riders vote was called and the decision made to limit the shredding to the bottom feature of the park. This gap jump had been tweaked over night by head park shapers Rueben Cameron and Doug Mercer to give the riders that extra bit of purchase and allow them some extra hangtime.
Once again it was a French-Canadian party, with Matts Kulsiek and Charles Reid throwing down the hammers to take the top 2 spots. Matts was consistently stomping hefty technical spins like backside rodeo 9s and frontside 1080, which was enough to ensure he sat in pole position two days into the three-day freestyle endurance race.
Sat just behind, compatriot Charles Reid is certainly still in contention as the Stylewars approaches the finishing straight. With a deluge of 1080s, 9s and steezy 5s pouring from the Reid stormcloud, you'd be foolish to count him out just yet. He was stoked on the event format too: “Usually in a contest the guys who spin the most win, but I have been spinning some big three’s and seven’s and I was winning yesterday, so I think it’s a great comp - you don’t have to do a 1260 or something to win." Reid said.
In between all the spinnery and stylery, there was also some quirkery afoot. The UK's Tyler Chorlton was putting down nollie frontflip nosegrabs, while Quentin Robbins of New Zealand was launching one-foot indys over the gap.
Stylewars also plays host to one of the biggest grudge matches in snowboarding - The Bledisnow Cup. This is Australia vs New Zealand going head to head for the bragging rights, and you know there's a fair measure of national pride at stake here. The Aussies took day 2, led by acting team captain Ryan Tiene and team mate Mitch Allan, so as it stands the teams are tied at one day each, with the Kiwis just ahead on points.
Tonight the partying will continue with a special showing of Travis Rice’s new film That’s It That’s All followed by infamous Australian hip hop act Bliss&Eso who will no doubt tear the bloody roof off. Hangovers assured for all tomorrow.
The third day of Stylewars competition is planned for tomorrow, and includes the Volvo 28 Stair Rail Jam to be held in the evening under lights in Falls Creek Village.
The 2008 Stylewars is presented by Oakley and is supported by Falls Creek Resort, SilverSki Lodge, Corona, Red Bull, Volvo and New Era.
Overall rankings after Day 2:
1 Matts Kulisek 1498 2 Charles Reid 1464 3 Torstein Horgmo 1312 4 Ville Uotila 1199 5 Stef Zeestraten 1192 6 Shayne Pospisil 1191 7 Jacob Koia 1153 8 Mitch Allan 1151 9 Ryan Tiene 1147 10 Will Jackways 1132 11 Keiji Okamoto 1109 12 Tore Holvik 1099 13 Robbie Walker 1052 14 Clint Allan 1021 15 Nick Brown 919 16 Roland Morley Brown 867 17 Masaharu Nakao 861 18 Jye Kearney 837 19 Dustin Craven 722 20 Chas Guldemond 618