Frank Bourgeois, Ozzy Henning, Benny Urban, Anto Chamberland, Dan Brisse and Bode Merrill all went fully bonkers filming their one-and-a-half minutes of urban footy for this year’s X Games Real Snow. But whose is your favourite?
Each year for what seems like an age now, the X Games challenge a select few riders and their filmers to produce a minute-and-a-half-long edit of their heaviest street hammers. Over the years there have been plenty of memorable moments, from veterans like Jeremy Jones, to the flowing skate-style lines of Louif Paradis, to the gargantuan features Dan Brisse has made a name for himself by hitting.
Once they’ve dropped, there’s a two-pronged judging process. The main awards are handed out by a panel of ‘industry experts’ and receive cash money as well as the all-important props, but there’s also the chance for Joe Public to have their say as there’s also a separate Fan Favourite award – you can check the edits and vote for the one you think’s the sickest over on the X Games Real Snow site.
Check them all out below, and make sure you vote for your favourite.
Frank Bourgeois / William Demers
Frank won this gig last year, and it’s safe to say he didn’t leave anything on the table when he was looking to reclaim his X-shaped crown. Some of the spots he hit are nothing short of massive, and he even manages to ride upside down on the underside of a bridge.
Dan Brisse / Mikael Ahtikari
Dan Brisse arguably wrote the book when it came to street boarding on steriods, and continues to hit the kind of ‘Brissespots’ that most right-thinking people wouldn’t see as a rideable feature. There are some transfers, hardways, and a gap 450 that will have your jaws dropping.
Benny Urban / Alex Pfeffer
Benny’s riding has always got us pumped, and he’s got a hella good selection of spots and tricks in his edit. Not to mention he’s got to now hold the world record for the most kinks ever ridden on a snowboard. We also were stoked on filmer/editor Alex Pfeffer’s angles and editing, and the stop-motioned crumpled prints added some extra aesthetic spice to proceedings.