Robbie Walker backside 180 Japan over the Red Bull Gap jump.
Photo: Alex Roberts.
Day 1 is over. It’s StyleWars and I know you all want to know what’s going on. In short, after day one Charles Reid is on top with insane frontside 1080’s and massive 90-foot corked frontside 360’s. Matts Kulisek is in second with huge frontside 7 to backside 7 combinations among some super smooth 900s. Sitting in third is a very consistent Jacob Koia who had one of the most interesting lines of the day with a perfect 90 foot backside 900 melon followed by a method from the step-over kicker landing on the side of the landing 80-feet away, stomping a method perfectly amongst the rubble and grooming debris.
So read more for a bunch of photos form today as well as the full press release.
Australian Andy Lloyd frontside 360 over the 90-footer. Photo: Alex Roberts.
Riders at the top of the course ready to drop in. Photo: Alex Roberts.
Kiwi Jacob Koia sits in 3rd after day one. Photo: Alex Roberts.
Swiss rider Mario Kappeli, Red Bull Gap. Photo: Alex Roberts.
Mario Kappeli again. 90-foot Oakley kicker. Photo: Alex Roberts.
Kiwi Roland Morley Brown mid way through the bottom of the Stylewars course. Photo: Alex Roberts.
Shayne Pospisil of the USA sending a super smooth backside 540 roast beef over the gap. Photo: Alex Roberts.
NZ team captain Will Jackways. Red Bull Gap. Photo: Alex Roberts.
STYLEWARS 2008 – DAY 1: A DAY FOR POUTINE
Stylewars 2008 presented by Oakley.
August 24-28, 2008
Falls Creek Resort, Australia.
A perfect day with sunny blue skies today at Stylewars meant the first day of competition at Australia’s most notorious snowboarding event went down like a bowl full of delicious poutine. The 45 invited riders from around the globe were annihilating the course with a level of snowboarding never before seen in Australia.
Ripping all day and finishing in number 1 and 2 spots respectively was the French Canadian connection (ie: Canadian Club) of Charles Reid and Matts Kulisek who were both sending and stomping their runs all day. Matts was unleashing huge frontside 7 to backside 7 combinations amoung some super smooth 900s. While Charles Reid was dropping insane frontside 1080’s and massive 90-foot corked frontside 360’s that had everyone scratching their heads.
Sitting in third is a very consistent New Zealand rider Jacob Koia who looks poised to strike for the lead. NZ team captain Will Jackways had one of the most interesting lines of the day with a perfect 90 foot backside 900 melon followed by a method from the step-over kicker landing on the side of the landing 80-feet away, stomping a method perfectly amoungst the rubble and grooming debris.
The course is a 3 jump line that consists of a 15 foot flat cliff step-down, a 90 foot high speed step-down kicker and a 75 foot step up/over kicker.
Stylewars 2008 – the freestyle marathon continues tomorrow with sunny days again forecast and riders amping to step it up the rankings for a shot at the Grand Master Title.
Tonight the parties start, a free/private concert for the riders with Australian Producer KATALYST and MC RUCL ready to bring home the first day.
For video footage of the days event check out
Stylewars Presented by Oakley
Top 20 after day 1 of 3.
1. Charles Reid (CAN) BURTON 722
2. Matts Kulisek (CAN) APO 667
3. Jacob Koia (NZ) OAKLEY 618
4. Torstein Horgmo (NOR) DC/OAKLEY 602
5. Roland-Morley Brown (NZ) ELECTRIC/FORUM 595
6. Wille Uotila (FIN) ATOMIC 593
7. Shayne Pospisil (USA) BILLABONG 570
8. Stef Zeestraten (NZ) K2/OAKLEY 568
9. Robbie Walker (AUS) BILLABONG 550
10. Will Jackways (NZ) BURTON/VOLCOM 529
11. Mitch Allan (AUS) BURTON/OAKLEY 525
12. Tore Holvik (NOR) BATALEON 505
13. Clint Allan (AUS) BILLABONG 484
14. Mario Kappeli (SUI) FORUM 474
15. Ryan Tiene (AUS) DC/OAKLEY 467
16. Keiji Okamoto (JPN) VOLKL/FLUX 462
17. Jye Kearney (AUS) BURTON/OAKLEY 395
18. Nick Brown (NZ) BURTON/RPM 368
19. Masaharu Nakao (JPN) NP ATHLETICS/REVOLT 313
20. Cohen Davies (AUS) ROME 292
The 2008 Stylewars is presented by Oakley and is supported by Falls Creek Resort, SilverSki Lodge, Corona, Red Bull, Volvo and New Era.