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Supernatural

Photograph By Red Bull

We are all dreamers. But the difference between most of us and Travis Rice is he isn't afraid to try to turn even the craziest dreams into realities. Sometimes he fails at this, sometimes he succeeds modestly and other times his creations exceed all expectation. The Red Bull Supernatural falls into this last category. Two years of relentless work conceiving and building the ultimate big-mountain Chutes And Ladders course resulted in the ultimate backcountry freestyle contest, which saw just about every rider you'd ever want to watch ride down a mountain do the thing they do best under perfect, sunny Canadian skies.