Quebecer Antoine Truchon was declared champion Saturday night at the Ride Shakedown final, which is in its 12th year running at Mont Saint-Sauveur. The 22 year-old athlete shined in a tight battle, passing the title champion Sébastien Toutantin front of thousands of spectators.
The Ride Shakedown competition, which includes a big air section followed by a rail setup with 4 options, brought together 33 riders who went above and beyond to impress the judges in the hopes of being part of the 10 athletes continuing into the finals.
Riders were allotted 90 minutes in which they were required to perform three judged runs. The best two runs combined formed the final score. This laid-back approach, at the heart of the Ride Shakedown's unique competition format, is highly appreciated by athletes; it allows them to perform to their full extent and give the crowd a show.
The level of excitement could not have been higher, Truchon of Sainte-Adèle and Toutant of L'Assomption being tied after the first two runs. Truchon took the lead during the final round, succeeding in his front side 1260 double cork on the jump, followed by a boardslide to fakie on the triple flat ramp, earning himself a total of 65.2 points for his two top performances.
” I am really satisfied by my last run. It was a great competition for Sébastien and myself. Next year, things are going to get even more intense! ” said the winner who walks away with a $20,000 purse.
On his third run, Toutant attempted a triple cork on the big air, however the 20 year-old rider missed his landing, just falling short of the rails and giving the lead to his opponent. His combined score of 63.9 for his first two runs earned him second place and a $10,000 purse.
“I came really close to landing my triple cork. I just sunk a bit too much in the snow. I'm still really pumped, we gave a great show and second place is better than nothing! “, admits Seb Toots, the champion of the Ride Shakedown in 2006, 2009, 2011 and 2012.
British Columbia native John Versteeg (Whistler, 23 years old) closed out the podium, collecting a total of 52.9 between his first and third runs.
Respectively in fourth and fifth place, Matts Kulisek (Morin Heights, 27 years old) and Charles Reid (Mont-Tremblant, 22 years old) will be $3,000 and $2,000 richer.
The crowd was treated to a slew of events throughout the day, such as the Snowboard Canada Magazine autograph session and the halftime show, which included a segment allowing young riders aged 13 and under to shred on the rail setup, a new component this year. This was followed by the skateboard show featuring professional skateboarders on the DC Shoes mini-ramp set up in the village. Skateboarder Patrice Tremblay won the crowd over with a backside tail flip in, awarding him the $2,000 cash prize at stake.