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.
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.
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!
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.
Overall 1st - Lucas Baume
2nd - Juan Cachet
3rd - Kevin Trammer
Best Girls: France Kitty and Lucie Sylvestre
Best Bail: Nathan Benichou
MVP: Kevin Trammer