January 10th, 2008 — On March 8th, 2008 the traditional Olympic Ski Stadium of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany is transformed to a place where freestyle snowboarding will be celebrated at its highest level.
A handpicked selection of the most progressive snowboarders will meet at the Red Bull Gap Session to ride one of the biggest jumps built to date. The super sized step-over gap will allow for an extremely long airtime of over 3 seconds and the potential of new and innovative tricks.
The jump´s construction, for which about 35.000 cubic meters (350 truckloads) of snow are needed, measures impressive dimensions: 20 meters in height, 50 meters in width and 70 meters in length.
Not only the proportions, but also the contest format is unique. The Red Bull Gap Session is not only about the longest airtime, best trick or overall performance: when 20 of the world´s best snowboarders meet in Garmisch-Partenkirchen it will also be a gathering of friends who spend an entire week together, shaping and improving the jump to their exact preferences. Also the judging system will be run by the pro riders themselves.
On March 8th, 2008, one can look forward to see if anyone will be able to break the current airtime record (3.1 seconds – held by Christophe Schmidt) in front of the expected crowd of 6000 people. Also technical progression can be expected as the premier event in 2006 saw David Benedek land the the first ever Frontside Double Cork 1260° as well as Travis Rice´s Double Backflip 180° (that won him the Air & Style 9 months later).
In the past season the Red Bull Gap Session had to be cancelled due to a lack of snow but the Blank Paper crew along with Nitro Pro Christoph Weber took the time to improve the jump´s specifications once more and riders as well as organizers are looking forward to the second edition of the event.
Please find updated information about the event and the possibilities of press accreditation on www.redbullgapsession.com