When: Wed 22nd of August 2007
Where: Falls Creek, Australia
Words and photos: Alex Roberts. www.alextroberts.com
Stylewars, Falls Creek, Victoria, Australia - 3 Star TTR Event
Today was the first day of competitive riding here at Falls Creek, and the riders were greeted with blue skies and some strong wind at the top of the park. This event has a really relaxed atmosphere helped by the jam format and the organiser's emphasis on style and variety rather than hucking spins. Riders could have as many runs as they liked and their best two counted, although they had to be different to score well.
For the morning session the 3 kicker line and monster 36.5 metre booter were open for the riders to throw down on. The kickers were smaller than usual, which seemed to help the judges' push for style and originality, but were a bit awkward for the riders.
As with yesterday's practice session the huge kicker in the middle of the park only saw one rider take the leap over it's 120ft table of destiny. Yesterday it was Andy Finch and today it was Quentin Robbins who manned up, from out of nowhere he let rip with a massive Backside 3 first go over the beast. He went for a Backside 5 on his second hit but came up short and hit the knuckle catching his heel edge, which bounced him a further ten metres down the landing (with a inverted 540 on the way). The tough Kiwi got up quickly to everyone's surprise and rode down to the tent for an early lunch and to ice his bruised knee. A special mention also has to go to Dustin Craven from the US for his unique lines, including one crazy transfer from the big booter to the side of it's table. He's a nutter.
At 12:30 the first judging session was over and the bbq was ready for all in the park. Some good grub served, snags and beef burgers on bread, and some energy bars to get the riders ready to hit the big hip in the afternoon. The arvo session didn't start too well, though, with a couple of injuries in the first 5 minutes but after a short break it was on. Norway's Torstein Horgmo was going big early and moved on to some nice spins, Australia's own Nick Gregory was flying high too with Backside Airs but it was Dustin Craven who got my vote for highest air.
So far this has been a cool event with great efforts from the organisers to keep things relaxed and in good spirits. Tomorrow we're set for more park action and a night rail session on a purpose built 28-stair contraption which should be sick. Think Jermey Jones' huge double kink in 'For Right or Wrong' and you get the picture. Maybe sicker will be the live music afterwards, Airborne are playing and I've been told they are the new ACDC, can't fuggin wait!
Here's the top 10 after day 1:
1. Jakob Koia (NZE) 70.8
2. Torstein Horgmo (NOR) 69.4
3. Robbie Walker (AUS) 68.6
4. Jaakko Ruha (FIN) 67.9
5. Toni-Markus Turunen (FIN) 65.6
6. Ryan Tiene (AUS) 62.4
7. Wyatt Caldwell (USA) 60.1
8. Roland Morley-Brown (NZE) 55.1
9. Clint Allan (AUS) 55
10. Shayne Pospisil (USA) 53.8
For more details on the events and results from today check www.stylewars.com.au