For the second year in a row, a man named Ian climbed into the golden washing machine as the champion of the High Cascade Spin Cycle ClassicTM. Last year, that Ian was Ian Thorley. This year, that Ian was Ian Hart. Hart’s win qualifies as a classic Cinderella-Story-Situation: an 18-year-old camper Sessions 2 and 3, Ian Hart talked his way into a dig to ride spot, got himself a long term room at The Huckleberry Inn, demoed a Salomon Drift and the rest… as they say, is history. Unfortunately for the other Ian, he broke his hand the morning of the event and had to watch from the sidelines.
The premise of the event Ian Hart won is simple: the rider(s) that can cycle through all four directions of spinning (frontside, backside, switch-frontside and switch-backside) from 180º to 900º with the least mistakes and the best style win. If you miss your grab, revert or fall you get a “strike”. Three strikes and you’re out. Whoever has the least amount of strikes at the end of the cycle wins. Ian went the whole distance only receiving one strike: coming up 90 degrees short on a backside 900, which he still rode out of – he never actually fell all day. Fellow HCSC digger Parker Duke gave Ian Hart a run for his money but got knocked out mid 900’s making Ian’s switch back nine a well deserved victory lap.
The highlights were many, and the video will be out soon anyways, so here’s a quick recap for those “readers” out there:
• Randy Van Nurden took the “Bode Merrill Award” shockingly getting knocked out after 180’s (we’re still trying to figure out how the heck Bode got eliminated so early last summer). Oddly enough, 180’s actually gave people the most trouble.
• Chris Grenier kept everyone suspended between chuckling and doubled over laughing on the megaphone. “To the mooooon!”
• People who tweaked their grabs were loved by all.
• Scott Stevens had a little trouble during the 540 component with his newly broken wrist, but bounced back as a poacher to rattle through the 7’s and 9’s with relative ease.
• Brandon Reis, a favorite to win, got knocked out going into the 900 round but not before putting down the best frontside 720 of the day.
• Torrey Lyon’s bagged 2 strikes in the 180 round but then held on all the way through Frontside 720’s – showing a great mental game.
• Young Max Warbington, from Bend, Oregon had a style and consistency that stood out from the pack with his first strike coming on Switch Front 7. Max Warbington is Authorized Totally Friggin Awesome.
• 14-year-old camper Jack Harold broke all known records for youngest Spin Cycle Classic competitor in history.
• Sylvia Mittermuller flew all the way over from Germany to be the only girl represented in das Spin Cycle ClassicTM (this may not be true). Her riding was a finely tuned display of German shred engineering.
• Harrison Gordon may or may not have been there, but if for some reason he was, he was killing it.
• Alex Horgan’s clockwork precision and style kept the pace of each round.
• Ryan Paul is 100 percent definitely from another planet. Riding a hacked up Burton Ration (shaped like a perfect rectangle) he proceeded to take the jump apart like only he can do (including late poach double wild cats).
• Ben Bilocq’s speed, size and style left onlookers jaw dropped. Plus, he’s got one of the best switch back 360 tailgrabs this side of Transylvania.
• Jake Knigge charged it all the way to BS 900’s before finally getting the axe.
• Brandon Luzier is classically good. With a silent, textbook style to all his tricks. That guy is way better than anyone could ever appreciate.
• Chris Beresford’s stylish fly-bys on the neighboring hip wearing shorts were a treat to watch.
• And lastly: rookie digger Johnny Brady is a serious, serious shredder, with a BS 720 Sad Air that could make a man pass out. With his general mastery of snowboarding, this kid better find his way into a legit film crew this upcoming winter.
All in all it took 10900 total degrees of total rotation for Ian Hart to take the 2010 Spin Cycle ClassicTM. The $27 dollar prize purse was divided out in the following rotation appropriate amounts:
1st – Ian Hart – $9.00
2nd – Parker Duke – $7.20
3rd – Johnny Brady – $5.40
4th – Brandon Luzier – $3.60
5th – Jake Kniggee – $1.80