Held at Mount Saint-Sauveur, Quebec for the past 14 years, the Shakedown was one of the last major Canadian snowboard contests that truly spoke to the core. Where else could you find 20,000 fans loosing their minds as Frank April did a gap hard way Cab 270 onto a kink rail? Quebec snowboard culture is like nothing else. That’s why we were saddened to get the following release from Dizzle Entertainment, the group who produced the Shakedown, announcing that the event was cancelled for 2016 due to lack of sponsorship. It’s been a tough year for Canadian snowboarding as the cancellation comes after SBC Media, the parent company of Canada’s biggest snowboard magazine, Snowboard Canada, filled for bankruptcy in July 2015. 

Dizzle hasn’t ruled out bringing the Shakedown back in the future, however, and the group continues to explore more options.

Read more in the full release from Dizzle:

Dizzle Entertainment is announcing the cancellation of the 2016 Shakedown. Over the past 14 years, the international slopestyle snowboarding competition has attracted hundreds of participants and thousands of spectators.

"Some 85 percent of the funding for the Shakedown comes from sponsorships. The current economic environment makes it more challenging to secure sponsorships, not to mention that the late arrival of winter has also worked against us," Brendan O'Dowd said by way of explaining part of the rationale behind this difficult decision. He also added that the event has always been presented without any financial backing from the federal, provincial or municipal governments.

Brendan O'Dowd and Patryck Bernier, co-owners of Dizzle Entertainment and founders and organizers of the Shakedown, would like to warmly thank the athletes, spectators, sponsors, employees and Mont Saint-Sauveur International, who, over the years, have helped make the Shakedown the largest event of its kind in Canada and contributed to its expansion in Europe and the United States. 

Created in 2002 at a time when slopestyle was little known by the general public, the Shakedown rapidly gained a spot in the international lineup of events through its unique jam format, which offered athletes considerable latitude and provided spectators with a show that was both impressive and easy to understand. The event also made its mark with its original rail features that changed every year and its festive atmosphere that reflected the culture and lifestyle of action sports.

The competition, presented at Mont Saint-Sauveur, gave many young talented athletes a chance to blossom and, for the first time, go head to head with the best. Sébastien Toutant and Maxence Parrot, who now compete on the international scene, are two examples.

While the Shakedown will not be held in 2016, its organizers have not closed the door completely to its eventual return, if conditions permit.

"We are proud of the 14 Shakedown events we have hosted here in Canada, the two in the United States and the one in Europe. We don't know what the future holds, but we would definitely like to keep the magic of this event alive. We will now take time to explore all our options and see how we can improve and renew the format, while maintaining the same quality standards," Patryck Bernier explained.