Kulisek, Toutant, McMorris: Canadian podium sweep

Kulisek, Toutant, McMorris: Canadian podium sweep. Photo: Scott Serfas

Eight out of twelve of the riders in todays final spun 1260s. Most of them double corks. If this is how the TTR Tour Series starts, it’s gonna be a hot season. There was 50 grand in prize money up for grabs in this 5-star Big Air event. That stack of cash drew a heavy international field but in the end, the Canadians swept the podium. A fat roster of 39 riders got 2 runs each to make the 12-man final. The jump was an imposing 75-foot gap with steep-ass (and somewhat rutted in-run). Many dudes knuckled. Scotty Lago, Chas Guldemond, and Lonnie Kauk, were some of the usual suspects. DC’s dynamic duo of Torstein Horgmo and Halldór Helgason were both out injured and the rest of the pack was pretty much kids.  They were killing it. The Canadians though for sure—3rd went to 16-year old mark McMorris, his hammer was the back 12 double. 2nd went to Matts Kulisek—who? Yeah, the Canadian Billabong rider is another kid out of the woodwork with serious jumping skills. He went front 12. And first went to Sebastien Toutant. Seb fired a Cab 12 double cork popping HUGE and stomped it perfectly. He posted the highest score of the day at 96.67 and nobody else could touch him. Soaked in champagne and 20-grand richer, Seb explained “I am so stoked I won and this was the first time I did the Cab 12 in a contest, so I am just super-stoked!” Enough said. Toutant pulled down 850 points for the TTR tour tally, which puts him in  a nice spot going into the season. Good day, great contest, crazy tricks.

Sebastien Toutant during a sunny moment.

Sebastien Toutant during a sunny moment. Photo: Scott Serfas

Jonas Carlson got some pop for his front 10.

Jonas Carlson got some pop for his front 10. Photo: Scott Serfas

Mark McMorris, spinning 12 at 16. Good for 6 grand cash!

Mark McMorris, spinning 12 at 16. Good for 6 grand cash! Photo: Scott Serfas

Matts Kulisek twirling above the glacier. Front 12.

Matts Kulisek twirling above the glacier. Front 12. Photo: Scott Serfas

last run of the contest and Matts Kulisek kissed the knuckle. The 10-grand was worth, eh?

last run of the contest and Matts Kulisek kissed the knuckle. The 10-grand was worth, eh? Photo: Scott Serfas

The under angle on Jeremy Thompson. Decent sized kicker for sure.

The under angle on Jeremy Thompson. Decent sized kicker for sure. Photo: Scott Serfas

Another local killing it, John Versteeg.

Another local killing it, John Versteeg. Photo: Scott Serfas

Yuuki Kadono, youngest rider in the mix at just 14. The kid was throwing 10s.

Yuuki Kadono, youngest rider in the mix at just 14. The kid was throwing 10s. Photo: Scott Serfas