SNOWBIRD, UT, USA- Amidst the festivities of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, Red Bull Energy Drink hosted the world’s most progressive and inventive snowsports athletes to compete for a $40,000 cash purse, in a unique two-day event. The event was held at Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort in Salt Lake City’s Little Cottonwood Canyon. Over 5000 spectators, and a handful of Olympic athletes, including J.J. Thomas gathered along the slopestyle/big-air course to witness some of the newest tricks and an intense competition.
The event was founded in 1999, as the first high-level big air competition that brought together both skiers and snowboarders to showcase their skills and compete for the best prize money in the sport.
The Huckfest is usually held in January. However, Red Bull Energy Drink and event organizers chose the February weekend during the Olympics to showcase the athleticism that exists outside of the Olympics, in of the sports of freeskiing and snowboarding.
The event began on Saturday with 48 athletes attempting to qualify for the final competition. Just sixteen athletes, from each discipline, made it to the finals.
The final day format was a head-to-head single elimination quarter and semi-finals with a best out of three jump final round.
The snowboarding competition led Sims Snowboards athlete Marc Frank Montoya to dominate his way through a field of competition that could not have been stiffer. Max Henault of Canada eliminated defending champion Jason Borgstede in the quarterfinals. Montoya defeated Henault in the semis, and faced Ride Snowboards Rider Erik Leines in the finals. In the end it was a huge final run for Montoya. He 50/50 nose grinded the big box rail, up top, finishing with an Indy grab, and down on the big air he threw a huge cab 900.
“I was really stoked to see progressive skiers and snowboarders, from around world, come together in an event, like this (Huckfest), to showcase the alternative side of the sport,” said event sponsor, Oakley Assistant Director of Sports Marketing Pat MacIlvain.
The event was sponsored by Red Bull, Oakley, Atomic, Freeze Magazine and Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort.
1st Marc Frank Montoya
2nd Erik Leines
3rd Max Henault
4th Zach Leach