London will be treated to one of the biggest free snowboarding events the capital has ever seen, when Red Bull Rail Storm hits Trafalgar Square on Sunday 20th November – bringing 36 snowboarders, some 8,000 spectators and real snow to the capital.
This urban snowboarding rail contest will see 33 pro and three amateur snowboarders from over 10 countries compete in teams (by country), for a slice of the £30,000 prize purse and glory of first place!
This discipline of snowboarding requires extreme technical skill, precision and control, as riders negotiate the specially designed course, including a giant staircase, three rails and curved boxes.
With the UK being piped to first place by the Swiss last year, will the Brits be able to bring home the title this year – will the Americans be back with a vengeance with their all new team, or will the ‘All Star Girl’ team give the men a run for their money?!
An international pool of some of the worlds best talent will be competing, including riders from; UK, USA, Austria, Finland, France Germany, Holland, Iceland, Sweden, and Switzerland. Additionally, spectators will be treated to some epic riding from; Dimitry Fesenko (RUS), Ton-Ton Holland (SUI), Heikki Sorsa (FIN), Hannes Metzler (AUT), Eddie Wall (USA) and representing the UK, will be Scott McMorris, Tyler Chorlton and James Thorne.
Each team will consist of three ‘pro’ riders, in addition to a UK rookie team (selected through the Orange AIM Series) and for the very first time, an ‘All Star’ girl team including Cheryl Mass from the Netherlands. The format is an international team knockout competition which will see all the countries competing in an event with an electric atmosphere and exciting judging format.
Meanwhile, places for the UK Rookie team were hotly contested at the Orange AIM Series ‘Red Bull Jibber of the Day’ events, which attracted the cream of British snowboarding talent. Winners included; Ben Mchugh (Milton Keynes winner), Stu Edwards (Castleford winner) and Sam Cullum (Warmwell winner).
Following the event, an after party will be taking place in a secret London location, with limited tickets available nearer the time. Guests can expect an XFM room to keep the celebrations flowing well into the night!
Red Bull is working with The Mayor of London, Oakley, Snowboard Club UK, XFM and Method Magazine to bring this exclusive free event to London.