Check out all of the action from the 2014 Ride Shakedown – one of the biggest snowboarding events in Canada.
The 13th edition of the Ride Shakedown, presented by Videotron Mobile, was greeted with sunshine on Friday at Mont St-Sauveur. As is tradition, participants had to perform on a unique set of features that offered endless possibilities. The numerous types of rails in close proximity offered athletes a chance to demonstrate their creativity by executing combination tricks.
Jonathan Truchon (23 years old) of Chicoutimi was crowned champion of the Coors Light Rail Jam. He used every rail feature available and executed a number of bold tricks such as a backflip to boardslide and a huge transfer gap to lip boardslide. He was in a tight race with Antonin Chamberland for the title. Olympian Maxence Parrot’s 50-50 backside 360 gap out to 50-50 frontside 180-out was one of the many tricks that earned him Best Trick.
During the Coors Light Rail Jam qualification round, Quebec natives Nicolas Tremblay (22 years old), Francis Jobin (15 years old), and Jonathan Tremblay (22 years old) displayed the most originality and diversity in their tricks, which earned them top points with the judges. They moved forward to the semifinal, where they competed against invited professionals. Both Nicolas and Jonathan later made their way to the Rail Jam final.
Sadly, due to bad weather, the big air event had to be cancelled, with the riders opting to spilt the $40,000 prize money equally 10 ways. The riders still hit the kicker to give the spectators a show and then rode in a second rail jam that replaced a skate show.
Seb Toots stepped up and stopped a straight-ridiculous backside rodeo 270 out to earn him the best trick. You can catch it in the edit at 3.00 minutes below: