When it comes to being the best, you have to beat the best. And on the 8th September, you’ll find them hitting the slopes of New Zealand as Burton holds their second annual High Fives snowboarding competition.
This six day event combines the conventional aspects of a snowboarding as well as other ‘off-snow’ challenges to test teamwork, style and technicality.
The Cardrona Alpine resort will welcome 60 of the best male and female snowboarders around to compete in the, invite-only, Slopestyle and Halfpipe events where each athlete will be awarded on their individuals performances, as well as having the chance to be a part of a team in the range of ‘off-snow’ competitions.
Burton have decided to bring a little of New Zealand to the event, hosting some of those thrill-seeking, adrenaline pumping sports the Kiwi’s love so much.
Co-sponsor of the event, Mini; have provided their Countryman 4×4 cars which the competitors will all drive in an event to test their skills behind the wheel in just one of the ‘off-snow’ challenges.
This event not only holds the prestige of a 5*TTR ranking, but is also a major event for those Olympic hopefuls on their route to Sochi next year.
With some of the biggest names in snowboarding history, there’s no doubt that this event will be even bigger than last year, as 2012’s podium placers will be back to defend or improve their score.
Last year, many riders pushed their own personal boundaries to pull off a triple cork and land it successfully.
However, the trick that so many riders won their titles with has now become the stock trick of many events. So where does this leave this year’s competitors? How will they reach the high scores this time?
Tune in to The Sporting Week to find out.