But the new trick didn’t take off right away. It was difficult for other riders to wrap their heads around how to approach it. Part of the problem was that JP’s way was similar to a double underflip. Plus he came around to 900. The next season, 2004, the only one to be seen was Travis Rice’s frontside 1080 double cork on Pyramid Gap in Absinthe’s Pop and in his TransWorld interview that year—a completely different version than JP’s. It was followed a year later by the first on a park jump by David Benedek in 91 Words For Snow. Says David, “[JP’s] was clearly the first legit double cork, but it didn’t catch on with me because it didn’t look like something you could repeat every time. Then I saw Travis’ double cork and it made so much sense that a 1080 would put you back on your feet. So Travis’ became the template for all the others.”
Soon after, Travis and David were feeling confident enough to try their double corks in a competition setting—the true test of having a trick dialed. The venue they chose was the December 2006 Nokia Air & Style in Munich, Germany. The stadium was packed with thousands of screaming fans. One hundred and fifty thousand euros in total prize money was on the line. No pressure.
That evening in the qualifying rounds, Travis stomped a frontside 1080 double cork and David took it one step farther, landing a frontside 1260 double cork. In the finals, David fell on a repeat 1260 attempt, finishing fourth, and Travis won the event with a double backflip backside 180. But it was the double cork that truly stole the show.
So we’ve reach constant corkage. But you know there’s more. The next page dives deep. So put on the snorkel and head on down.