Hey folks, So I ended up sleeping in and just woke up. Whoops. Anyways, Quiksilver's Showdown Over the City went off this weekend on Grouse Mountain despite the weather. The fog made it hard for the riders to throw down as big as we'd normally expect at these type of events, but they still put on one heck of a show. Depending on where you were standing, you could either catch the big air or the jib section, but rarely both. The weather did clear up for a short period near the end, just in time for Sebastian Toutant to throw down his winning double cork 10. All he had to do was stick the jib and he had it in the bag, regardless of what he tricked on the rails. Toots, who's still hammering out high school science at the ripe age of 16, flew back home with 10K in his back pocket. No biggie, just some spending money for those summer trips to 7-11 with his buddies. Rounding off the podium were Jesmond Dubeau in second, taking home $4000, and the only Japanese rider in the line up, Atsushi Ishikawa, grabbed third and $1000. Claiming the Rider's...I mean, Judge's Choice purse of $1000 was Dave Fortin, who threw down a massive 10 in the fog when everyone was sticking to 9's. Unfortunately, he couldn't hold on to the landing on his last lap, but regardless, everyone could see Dave was having a blast riding all day.
As promised, here are more pictures!
[caption id="attachment_2004" align="aligncenter" width="450" caption="Dave Fortin claiming his Rider's Choice prize. The cheque came later."][/caption]
[caption id="attachment_2006" align="aligncenter" width="450" caption="Left to Right: Jesmond Dubeau, Seb Toots and Atsushi Ishikawa."][/caption]
After a quick run home to upload pictures and shower (it wasn't all standing around snapping pictures, I had to get a few laps in too!) I was back out and headed to the Showdown Afterparty. Needless to say, it was the perfect way to end a super fun day. Even more pictures of that to come in yet another update.