photos/words by Sam McMahon
The Vans Hi-Standard series came back to France this weekend, and just like its acronymic namesake, it brought back found memories of simpler times, for in this big air jam no spins over 720 are allowed. No, not even a degree extra, it’s all about the style.
Joining Jonny Public in the contest were some of Vans’ euro team riders, Will Smith, Rowan Coultas, Ceese Willes, Kevin Trammer and Lucas Buame, along with Arthur Longo and Valerian Ducourtil who were acting as judges. This gave both the locals and the few that had travelled over for the day a chance to ride with some of their heroes, as well as upping the ante for everyone as the team ripped mob shred lines over the jump back to back all through the morning’s practice session.