Photos: Crispin Cannon
Words: Adam Hawes
The 2010 Ride Shakedown Finals came to their end Saturday night, with yet another young Canadian making his mark on the snowboard world. In front of a record crowd of well over 25,000 spectators, 16-year old Marc McMorris of Regina, Saskatchewan, followed in his good friend Sebastien Toutant’s footsteps (Seb won the Shakedown at the tender age of 13, as well as in 2009), by spinning, sliding and double-corking his way to the 2010 Shakedown Title. After the win, Marc opened up: "I didn't ride as well as I wanted, and I missed my first run in the semis. But, I got back on track for my second run and finished first!" "I went into the finals feeling pretty confident; I landed the same tricks, and it paid off! It's great standing on the podium with my friends and fellow riders." Marc’s life-changing, $12,000 run? Back Double-Cork 1080, Front-Blunt 450 off the rail. Good friend and teammate, Toutant (L’Assumption, QC) secured yet another Shakedown podium by locking up 2nd position, with Frisco, CO’s Eric Willet claiming 3rd.
Long acting as a substantial springboard of sorts for the careers of some of the best domestic and international snowboard talent in North America, taking down the 2010 Finals is bound to change Marc’s young life – and it couldn’t have happened to a better kid. On a personal note, having spent a few days with him in Winter Park, CO recently, I couldn’t be more hyped on his win. The kid’s genuine, motivated, works his ass off in every aspect of riding and never lets a smile leave his face when on the hill. Congrats homie; enjoy the ride, and keep on.
On the women’s side, Megan Ginter took home the 2010 Shakedown Finals in stunning fashion, stomping the first-ever 720 in women’s Shakedown competition. Having already finished on the top podium at the USA event (Summit-At-Snoqualmie – March 13th, 2010), staking the Canadian title places a fine exclamation point on an impressive competition season for Megan. "I'm thrilled!” shared the 22-year old from Carnation, WA. “The competition itself is so much fun, not to mention the great atmosphere here. It's a bit more laid back than regular slopestyle, so it's a great opportunity to really let loose and give it your all.” Standing beside her on this year’s podium were Lynn Neil (Salt Lake City, UT) and Alexandra Duckworth (Kingsburg, CA).
The 2010 Ride Shakedown Finals were preceded by the showcase Shakedown Rail Jam on Friday night, with congratulations going out to Vermont’s Forest Bailey for the win. Forest took over the night, including a lipslide switch-up frontboard on the DFD – a performance that earned him $5,000. In the women's category, Quebec native Marie-Hélène Tremblay and Vernon, British Columbia’s Jessica Kimura shared the $3,000 prize.