What do you get when you cross the largest trampoline in the world with the most powerful trampoline in the world? The answer: SuperTramp, and we aren't talking about the '70s rock band that graced us with such hits as Dreamer and Take The Long Way Home.
This SuperTramp is the biggest, toughest trampoline on Earth, and it's at Skyriders in Toronto, Canada. The trampoline is bringing snow sports athletes to a facility that typically draws traditional aerialists. High profile skiers and snowboarders like Bobby Brown, Grete Eliassen, Kaya Turski and Seb Toutant have recently visited Skyriders to put in valuable cross-training to sharpen their tricks before taking them to snow. The Canadian Slopestyle ski team and athletes from Red Bull's High Performance camps have also recently trained at the facility.
"I go to Skyriders just for the SuperTramp," says Toutant. "It bounces three times higher than an Olympic tramp and I can learn tricks that I can't do on a normal tramp."
Rapid progression in skiing and snowboarding comes with risks of injury, but the use of a trampoline allows riders to train and develop air awareness, balance control and proper orientation in a relatively safe environment.
"It's good training for your body and it's the best tool to learn tricks that you haven't tried on snow," Toutant says. "When you get back on your board, it feels so much easier, whether it's a double cork or a single flip, after doing it so many times on the tramp. If you have trouble with one spin or flip, the tramp is the best way to make changes before the winter."