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Vans Hi-Standard 2016 – Chamrousse

Style For Miles - Nothing Over 720

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.

Will Smith bangs one out whilst Rowan Coultas prepares to join in
Lucas Buame is great at all kinds of BS: running his mouth and floating back 180s
Vans TM Bruno Rivoire, showing the kids how it's done
Juan Cachat goes toe-to-toe with a todeo
Felix Carlier gives it the boot - old school dress paired with a very nu school front 7
Rowan Coultas: front 720 for da Snapchat

After a morning spent warming up on the jump, the rail kids were given a chance to shine as the contest switched to the rail set up, perfectly-timed with some midday flat light. Ceese Wille shone with a bunch of tranny finding on the shotgun, whilst Kevin Trammer found some of the biggest cheers with a huge nollie to front board, held in the air for ages!

Cash money found its way into many a pocket with judges positioned at the bottom of the rail garden making it rain €€s on anyone who’s steeze they deemed worthy, pros and ams alike.

Kevin Trammer get’s his lipslide round a nice melon
Will Will Smith smith? Nah, he'll stick this 5-0 back 3 instead
Baume diggity
Will Smith - wallie tweaker
There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch, until you’ve been to a Vans event that is

After the rail money had been distributed across the field and everyone had been royally stuffed by the caterers, both the kicker and the sky opened up again for a sun-drenched qualifying session. Heaters were thrown from all directions and sweat poured from every brow, but finally the field was narrowed down to a ten man final, set to take place at sunset. It was a long day, but ultimately worth it as Chamrousses’ Sunset Park more than lived up to its name – just take a peek at the following!

Juan Cachet showed flair beyond his years, poked-out bs180 melon
Kevin Trammer: so much style he doesn't need to grab. Ninja style fs360.
As the sun disappeared from view, Lucas Baume was still shoving his style in everyone's faces. Back 180 melon FTW.
Ceese Willes throwing shapes and poking a straight air over Grenoble

As the sun finally drifted out of view, there could only be one winner. Lucas Baume was the epitome of style, literally dawn ’til dusk, even in an all-white-ensemble topped of with a faux-sheep skin jacket. Hero.

Thanks Vans for once again helping to prove that whatever happens at the latest WST/FIS slopestyle/big air, style will always have its place in snowboarding.

Lucas Baume – paper playa


Overall 1st – Lucas Baume
2nd – Juan Cachet
3rd – Kevin Trammer

Best Girls: France Kitty and Lucie Sylvestre

Best Bail: Nathan Benichou

MVP: Kevin Trammer


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