Best Bails – 2014 Ride Shakedown
The 13th edition of the Ride Shakedown, presented by Videotron crowned not one, but ten champions on Saturday night at Mont St-Sauveur. Due to strong wind gusts and constant snowfall, the top 10 athletes felt it was wiser to set aside the international snowboarding competition’s Big Air jump, opting instead to give the crowd a show on the rail feature.
“Our event is organized for athletes. It is ultimately their decision and we respect it. Furthermore, we fully agree with their decision. The weather was a serious safety concern,” expressed Patryck Bernier, co-founder and producer of the Ride Shakedown along with Brendan O’Dowd.
In a rider’s meeting, all 10 finalists also decided to split the $40,000 prize purse in equal parts. As a result, Quebec natives Justin De Castris, Philippe Fournier, Maxence Parrot, Michael Roy, Sébastien Toutant, and Marc-André Tremblay, Americans Brandon Davis, Mark Hoyt, and Seamus O’Connor, as well as Norwegian Emil Ulsletten will all leave the competition with deeper pockets, $4,000 deeper to be exact.
As an added bonus for being the top ranked semifinalist, Maxence Parrot earned the surf trip to Hotel Cinco in Punta de Mita, Mexico, which was meant for the Ride Shakedown title champion. Furthermore, athletes will be awarded points on the World Snowboard Tour as per their semifinal ranking.
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Sébastien Toutant, Maxence Parrot, Charles Reid, and many others at the 13th Ride Shakedown in Mont Saint-Sauveur!
Sébastien Toutant, Maxence Parrot, Charles Reid, and many others at the 13th Ride Shakedown in Mont Saint-Sauveur!
Montreal, March 12, 2014 – For a 13th consecutive year, the world’s best riders will travel to Mont Saint-Sauveur next month for the Ride Shakedown presented by Videotron Mobile. The snowboard competition, ranked as a 5-star event on the World Snowboard Tour, will take place on Friday, April 4, and Saturday, April 5.
The professional athletes taking part in the 13th edition of the Ride Shakedown will be competing for their share of a $50,000 prize purse; $20,000 of which will be awarded to the winner. They will need to prove themselves on a course composed of a big air jump followed by a rail feature- unveiled exclusively by Videotron Mobile on the eve of the event. This unique course will allow these slopestyle experts to impress the judges all while giving the 25,000-strong crowd a great show.
“The jump will be even bigger this year”, warns Patryck Bernier of Dizzle Entertainment, founder and Ride Shakedown producer alongside Brendan O’Dowd. “It will give athletes a bigger range to work with, which in turn will enable them to perform more awe inspiring tricks. The rail feature was once again redesigned this year and will give the riders even more options on which to unleash their creativity”.
There will be something for everyone at Mont Saint-Sauveur during the two-day event. In addition to the weekend’s main event on Saturday afternoon, which will feature some forty international professional athletes, the Friday is shaping up to be just as eventful; dozens of amateur athletes will battle it out during the amateur qualification to earn a spot in Saturday’s semi final. It is the best way for future rising stars to make a name for themselves and work their way up the ranks. Amateur registration is still open via the website: www.rideshakedown.com.
The Ride Shakedown halftime show is sure to deliver thrills as a slew of skateboarders tackle one of the feature rails on the course. There will also be a new segment, the Mini-Pro Halftime Show, where young athletes under the age of 13 will perform tricks on a rail specifically designed for them. “It’s a way for us to encourage the next generation of riders, which is also one of the event’s main objectives”, added Patryck Bernier.
The Ride Shakedown presented by Videotron Mobile isn’t just a competition; it is the main gathering for all action sports fans. Also on the agenda is the partner village, which contains a wide range of action sports representatives, entertainment, DJs, and an autograph session with professional athletes.
Olympians Parrot, Toutant, and Reid are the riders to watch
Among the invited riders are athletes who have recently made their Olympic debut in Sochi this past February. Such is the case for Quebec natives Maxence Parrot (Bromont), Ride Shakedown third place in 2011 and recent X-Games champion for both slopestyle and big air, Sébastien Toutant (L’Assomption, Ride Snowboard Pro team rider), four-time Ride Shakedown winner, and Charles Reid (Mont-Tremblant), Ride Shakedown champion in 2008, who represented Canada in slopestyle at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.
These hometown boys will be competing against many international athletes vying to be named Ride Shakedown champion, such as USA rider Kyle Mack (16 years old), in 9th place of the overall World Snowboard Tour ranking. Also competing for the title are two international Ride Shakedown veterans, namely Norwegian rider Kim-Rune Hansen, currently sitting in 5th place in Big Air on the World Snowboard Tour, and American rider Zach Hale. The full list of invited professional athletes will be available online.
Brendan O’Dowd feels that the addition of slopestyle as an Olympic discipline will have a significant impact on snowboarding’s popularity worldwide. “The Olympic Games was a forum that showcased not only the sport but also its athletes, who were able to make themselves known internationally by an audience who, at the time, didn’t have a clue as to who they were”.
“The funny thing is that slopestyle isn’t a new discipline and many of these same athletes have been competing at the Ride Shakedown for years”, reminds O’Dowd. “That’s the reason we’ve been around for 13 years now, and why so many people travel to be at this event. All the better if a new audience joins us this year!”
Access to the competition venue is free. Tickets for a seat in the stands surrounding the course are on sale now at rideshakedown.com.
Schedule – Ride Shakedown presented by Videotron Mobile
Friday April 4th, 2014
09:00 – 10:30 Practice session for amateur athletes
10:30 – 12:00 Practice session for invited professional athletes
12:00 Ride Shakedown village opens
13:00 – 15:00 Amateur qualification
15:15 – 15:45 Qualifying riders announced
15:45 – 16:45 Coors Light Rail Jam Qualification
18:15 – 19:45 Coors Light Rail Jam Semi-final
20:00 – 20:30 Coors Light Rail Jam Final
20:45 – 21:00 Awards ceremony
Saturday April 5th, 2014
10:00 Ride Shakedown village opens
10:00 – 12:00 Practice session for invited professional athletes
13:00 – 14:00 Snowboard Canada autograph session with professional athletes
14:45 – 16:45 Ride Shakedown presented by Videotron semi-final
17:00 -17:30 Mini-pro halftime show (13 years and under)
17:45 – 18:30 Skateboard halftime show (pros on the rail feature)
19:30 – 21:00 Ride Shakedown presented by Videotron Mobile Final
21:30 -22:00 Awards ceremony
22:00 Ride Shakedown Coors Light Afterparty (18 years and up)
The Ride Shakedown presented by Videotron Mobile on TVA Sports
The 2014 Ride Shakedown presented by Videotron Mobile at Mont Saint-Sauveur can also be seen in your living room thanks to TVA Sports. A 60-minute highlights show will be broadcast in April. There will also be a 30-minute special called Trois histoires, un Ride Shakedown broadcast on TVA Sports in April. You can catch both shows online via Ride Shakedown’s Youtube and Vimeo accounts.
Keep your eyes locked on Transworld Snowboarding to catch the Ride Shakedown final live from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 5. You can also follow the action online as it happens on the Ride Shakedown Twitter and Facebook pages.
Unique competition format
What distinguishes the Ride Shakedown and contributes to its success is first and foremost its competition format, a laid-back and festive environment where the constraints on the athletes are minimal. At the center of the action, the public benefits from an accessible and entertainment-packed show.
Partners of the Ride Shakedown presented by Videotron Mobile
The 13th edition of the Ride Shakedown is made possible thanks to the support and participation of Ride Snowboards, title sponsor, Videotron Mobile, event presenter, Mont Saint-Sauveur, Empire, Coors Light, Rockstar, Xtraslush, Moog Audio as well as Oakley, POP Headwear, Snowboard Canada Magazine, 33mag.com, Transworld Snowboarding, 91,9 Radio X Montreal and World Snowboard Tour.
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In 2014, the 13th edition of the Ride Shakedown presented by Videotron Mobile will be held at Mont Saint-Sauveur (Saint-Sauveur, Quebec) on April 4 and 5. The 40 professional athletes invited from all over the world and promising amateurs will compete vigorously on the course (Big Air and Rail), for a total purse of $50,000.
This 13th edition is guaranteed to send adrenaline levels through the roof for athletes as well as the thousands of spectators expected on site. Spectator scan expect: a halftime show, partners village, booth, an autograph session with pros, after parties, live DJs, and much more. In other words, an incredible opportunity for thrill-seekers to discover snowboard culture and everything it has to offer.
2nd place: $8,000
3rd place: $5,000
4th place: $2,000
5th place: $1,000
6th place: $800
7th place: $800
8th place: $800
9th place: $800
10th place: $800
Coors Light Rail Jam
The Rail Jam will follow a new approach for prize money. Two grand prizes will be awarded to the Best Trick and Best Overall athlete performances respectively. The top 10 finalists will earn a $500 purse.
Best Overall: $3,500
Best Trick: $2,000
Halftime skateboard show
$2,000 for the winner
The Ride Shakedown was created above all for the riders, but today the event has become a must for snowboard and action sports fans of all ages. What distinguishes and contributes to the Ride Shakedown’s success is first, and foremost its competition format, a festive and laid-back event where the constraints imposed on the athletes are minimal. In the heart of the action, the public benefits from a show both accessible and dynamic.
1. - Antoine Truchon (CAN)
2. - Sebastien Toutant (CAN)
3. - Jon Versteeg (CAN)
4. - Matts Kulisek (CAN)
5. - Charles Reid (CAN)
6. - Jason Dubois (CAN)
7. - Seth Hill (USA)
8. - Maxence Parrot (CAN)
9. - Didier Godbout (CAN)
10. – Robby Balharry (CAN)
Quebecer Antoine Truchon was declared champion Saturday night at the Ride Shakedown final, which is in its 12th year running at Mont Saint-Sauveur. The 22 year-old athlete shined in a tight battle, passing the title champion Sébastien Toutant in front of thousands of spectators.
The Ride Shakedown competition, which includes a big air section followed by a rail setup with 4 options, brought together 33 riders who went above and beyond to impress the judges in the hopes of being part of the 10 athletes continuing into the finals.
Riders were allotted 90 minutes in which they were required to perform three judged runs. The best two runs combined formed the final score. This laid-back approach, at the heart of the Ride Shakedown’s unique competition format, is highly appreciated by athletes; it allows them to perform to their full extent and give the crowd a show.
The level of excitement could not have been higher, Truchon of Sainte-Adèle and Toutant of L’Assomption being tied after the first two runs. Truchon took the lead during the final round, succeeding in his front side 1260 double cork on the jump, followed by a boardslide to fakie on the triple flat ramp, earning himself a total of 65.2 points for his two top performances.
I am really satisfied by my last run. It was a great competition for Sébastien and myself. Next year, things are going to get even more intense! said the winner who walks away with a $20,000 purse.
On his third run, Toutant attempted a triple cork on the big air, however the 20 year-old rider missed his landing, just falling short of the rails and giving the lead to his opponent. His combined score of 63.9 for his first two runs earned him second place and a $10,000 purse.
I came really close to landing my triple cork. I just sunk a bit too much in the snow. I’m still really pumped, we gave a great show and second place is better than nothing! », admits the champion of the Ride Shakedown in 2006, 2009, 2011 and 2012.
British Columbia native John Versteeg (Whistler, 23 years old) closed out the podium, collecting a total of 52.9 between his first and third runs.
Respectively in fourth and fifth place, Matts Kulisek (Morin Heights, 27 years old) and Charles Reid (Mont-Tremblant, 22 years old) will be $3,000 and $2,000 richer.
The crowd was treated to a slew of events throughout the day, such as the Snowboard Canada Magazine autograph session and the halftime show, which included a segment allowing young riders aged 13 and under to shred on the rail setup, a new component this year. This was followed by the skateboard show featuring professional skateboarders on the DC Shoes mini-ramp set up in the village. Skateboarder Patrice Tremblay won the crowd over with a backside tail flip in, awarding him the $2,000 cash prize at stake.
Patryck Bernier and Brendan O’Dowd of Dizzle Entertainment, producers of the Ride Shakedown, could not be happier about the turn out of this 12th edition, both for the riders and the spectators. Over 20,000 people bundled up to assist two event-filled days of fierce competition.
“To have so many people on the site of the competition and in the village proves that we have become a must for fans. It is incredibly rewarding to know that the crowd continues to support the event, their presence being strong year after year!”, exclaimed Patryck Bernier.
Dan Nichols in the Ride Snowboards booth with the 1st video game bracket winner. This lucky kid won Klipsch S4i Rugged Headphones and a Ride Wild Life Snowboard!
Along with the many Canadians competing in the event, the Ride Shakedown welcomed several athletes from the United States, Japan and Norway.
Television broadcast of the 2013 Ride Shakedown
The Ride Shakedown 2013 at Mont Saint-Sauveur will also be featured in your living room thanks to Videotron and our two partner broadcasters TVA Sports and Sportsnet. The 60 minutes Ride Shakedown 2013 highlights show will be broadcasted on TVA Sports April 13th at 11:30 am, and the English version will be on Sportsnet April 20th at 5 pm. You can now browse through the Ride Shakedown exclusive section on channel 900 as well as on illico télé, illico.tv, illico.tv on iPad and illico mobile platforms, where you will find highlight shows from 2006 to 2012 and the Ride Shakedown documentary Le Ride Shakedown 10 ans plus tard. For full details on all of these broadcasts, head to www.illico.tv/rideshakedown
Unique competition format
What distinguishes the Ride Shakedown and contributes to its success is first and foremost its competition format, a laid-back and festive environment where the constraints on the athletes are minimal. At the center of the action, the public benefits from an accessible and entertainment-packed show. At the Ride Shakedown, the athletes participate in a Slopestyle competition, which involves mastering two distinct disciplines: the Big Air and a rail with different features which is only unveiled on the first day of the competition, a long-awaited day for the athletes and spectators. The professional athletes are the essence of the show, however the amateurs also play an important role and will make a valiant effort to mark their place among the pros. New talents are discovered every winter!