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|Sebastien Toutant dominating Saturday's Ride Shakedown with a switch backside 1080 double cork.|
In the competitive snowboarding landscape, few contests are still alive after 10 years. But a decade deep, the Ride Shakedown is the exception. Since its inaugural edition back in 2002, Canada's marquee event has been as much about the party as it is the snowboarding. Throw in antics like the skateboarding halftime show and its late-night notoriety and you can see why the Shakedown has gained a cult-like following in the snowboard community and spawned incarnations in Washington state and Germany. But the original Canadian Shakedown, which took place this weekend at Quebec's Mont Saint-Sauveur, is a must-hit event on the calendar.
No doubt the masterminds behind the affair, Patryck Bernier and Brendan O'Dowd, schemed for months deciding what to bring for this year's tenth edition.
For Saturday's main event, throngs of screaming fans congregated, in part to nosh on poutine and drink beer, but also because of another Shakedown staple: the entire setup runs in plain sight across the hill, rather than downhill, making for spectator-friendly viewing (and heckling) lines.
The crowd went into a frenzy when Seb Toots, who claimed this event in '06 when he was just 13, dropped into his final run, which included a back 12 double cork. He linked it up with a gap to nose blunt on the kinked rail and, with that, took his third Shakedown title and the $15,000 purse.
Matts Kulisek, fresh off a win at the U.S. Shakedown, turned it on early with a front double cork 10. But it was his front 12 on the jump and gap half cab 50/50 on the kinked rail that earned him the second podium spot. Maxence Parrot, the dark horse of the evening, also set a leading tempo with a behemoth backside 1260 double cork followed by a gap cab 270 on the kinked rail for third place.
Friday evening's rail jam setup was a meld between snow and street: chain link fence gap to down bar, stair set down-flat-down with donkey dick ending (nicknamed "dunky" in Quebec), and a 20-foot gap over another chain link fence and past a spectator booth to another down rail. That's what you get when you include Quebec heavys like Will Lavigne and Alex Cantin in the design process.
Staying with Shakedown tradition, riders who made it to the 30-minute final jam had to call their trick if they wanted a run judged. In years past, a rider could come in and snipe the win with a one-trick wonder, but the event now took the top two out of three runs and riders couldn't do the same trick twice.
Jeremy Cloutier was the man of the evening, and he walked away $5,000 richer for his half cab 50-50 to front 180 out and a front 180 to switch back 360 out. Phil Jacques and Frank April took second and third for their rail prowess.