STANDINGsideways Invitational 2 with SNO!zone and TSA.
The events and tricks from the second STANDINGsideways Invitational have now been performed and recorded to digital memory, joining the first event in becoming a fond recollection on the minds of those present at SNO!zone Castleford on Saturday 4th August.
The second after hours session, conceived to push the level of UK park riding, saw a team of UK pros push their game and hit an 18ft long up-box, angled to end at a height of 12ft and send them over a gap of 16ft to the landing. Another first for any UK slope!
Damian Doyle, the man behind the STANDINGsideways Invitationals, spoke about the feature. “The idea had been talked about at the previous session. We had a 24ft gap to box that worked out so well and we were stood looking at it thinking it’d be perfect to hit the other way round. The opportunity came up so we decided to make it happen."
A finely sculpted gap kicker had been built by the CASvegas SNO!park crew and drawn plans could be made reality. After consultation with the riders, adjustments to the angle of the up-box, and a few tweaks with the piste basher, the feature was complete and left for the box to set in place, teasing everyone with it’s dominant presence.
Riders in attendance for the session were UK pros Colum Mytton, Charlie Clark, Jonny Russell, Si Foster, Monkey Stu Horsham and Rick Barrow, who declared himself test pilot and stomped the first 5050 to backside shifty off, beginning an intense session that lasted into the early hours of the morning.
Rome’s Rick, voted ‘rider of the night’ by fellow snowboarders, was amped after putting down a variety of tricks and stepping up to some switch action [wait for the film for specifics!]. “I hadn’t rode for ages so was stoked to get the call from Damo saying the session was on. I had some tricks set in mind and was just happy to get everything I’d thought about on the drive over. It was just good to be with everyone and get motivated seeing all the other riders killing it."
Like a piece of Banksy artwork, the set-up that was lovingly created on a secret mission has now been destroyed. Full images won’t be revealed until the release of the new TSA film in October 2007. A definitive UK movie from STANDINGsideways, showing the world that the UK dryslope and indoor scenes have most hardcore scenes anywhere.
Keep your eyes open for future releases from the STANDINGsideways Invitationals with SNO!zone and TSA.