When: Thu 23rd of August 2007
Where: Falls Creek, Australia
Words and photos: Alex Roberts. www.alextroberts.com
Hold up, check this frickin' shizzle from Torstein Horgmo...
Righto, so today was bloody epic in the park. After a slow easy morning I got up to the park just in time as Torstein Horgmo had started hitting the monster booter (120ft table - 150ft sweet spot). The first photos I took today was a sequence of his huge FS1080 which he landed a good 30ft past the knuckle (check the still below - you'd need five monitors to take in the whole sequence!). He had turned things up a few notches and continued his form with a perfect BS540 Stalefish followed by Switch BS900, he is a machine.
Dustin Craven's first hit on the beast
Torstein's smoothness gave some other riders the confidence to give the biggest kicker in competitive history a shot or two. Kiwis Stefan Zeestraten (Switch BS540) and Jacob Koia (BS720), and Aussie Clint Allen a FS540 were the pick of the Antipedians while Dustin Craven made a massive FS720.
After lunch a heli was brought in to film some big booter badness but the session was severly dampened by Torstein knuckling his first hit and calling it a day.
Other riders continued on where they had left off yesterday arvo by giving the big hip a solid work over. Again Nick Gregory seemed to be the highest flyer of the Aussies, I have to mention Mikey Williams from Melbourne as he was stomping some nice big Crails, and young Jye Kearney from Jindabyne, Australia, all of only 14 years of age and killing with some smooth and lofty Stales.
Man of the moment, Torstein at the rail session
This evening Falls Creek played host to the 28 steps Stair Master Session which banked New Zealand's Will Jackways a cool $5000 for best overall and man-of-the-moment Torstein Horgmo collected $1500 for best trick. The local crowd was cheering as much for the slams as the ballsy tricks being put down. Of special note was Jonas Carlson's early Gap-to-FS Boardslides for a warm up, and by the end it seemed all riders had bagged a 270 to lipslide down the kinked flat bar.
A high level and good vibe amongst all, only shame was I've bloody missed Airborne play as I've had too much work to do. Bugger.
Will Jackways and Horgmo
Keep an eye out on Stylewars.com.au for all results - as of last count I saw the Horgmonator was on top.