On March 8th, 2008 the traditional Olympic Ski Stadium of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany gets a whole new look. A handpicked selection of the most progressive snowboarders in the world will meet at the Red Bull Gap Session to ride one of the biggest jumps ever built. The super sized step-up gap gives riders more air time and opens up a world of possibility for today’s top riders.
The jump is enormous. Three hundred and fifty truckloads of snow transform into a step-up gap that measures 65 feet tall, 164 feet wide and 229 feet in total length. The proportions of the jump are just part of what makes this contest unique. The Red Bull Gap Session is not only about the longest airtime, best trick or overall performance: when 20 of the world´s best snowboarders meet in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, including Chad Otterstrom, David Benedek, Gigi Ruf, Antti Autti and others, it will be a gathering of friends who spend an entire week together, shaping and improving the jump to their exact preferences. Judging will be run by the pro riders themselves.
On March 8th, 2008, expect to witness technical progression like none other. The 2006 event saw David Benedek land the first ever Frontside Double Cork 1260° as well as Travis Rice´s Double Backflip 180° (that won him the Air & Style 9 months later). Christophe Schmidt also set the record for the longest recorded airtime (3.1 seconds). This year, anything is possible in front of the 6000 person crowd.
Last season the Red Bull Gap Session had to be cancelled due to a lack of snow but the Blank Paper crew and Christoph Weber took the time to improve the jump´s specifications once more and riders as well as organizers are looking forward to the second edition of the event.