Canadian Sébasiten Toutant was crowned title in the finals of the 11th edition of Ride Shakedown in Mont St-Sauveur, Canada last Saturday, March 31, marking his fourth title in the event. After competing against 34 riders over two days, Toutant taking the victory drew the competition to a close in front of a crowd of 25,000 people.
"That's the Ride Shakedown! Each year I stomp my first run, but always fall on the second. I kind of like to put some pressure on my family and keep the crowd waiting," said Toutant, who equally earned second place in Friday's Coors Light Rail Jam.
"On my last run, I knew I could have won it with a 720, but I went for a trick that I hadn't tried at all during the competition. I'm really happy to have landed it and earned my fourth podium," specified Toutant who also won in 2006, 2009, and 2011.
Read on for all of the details and check out a video recap of Ride Shakedown 2012 below:
Saint-Sauveur, March 31, 2012 - The long-awaited final came down to the top 10 athletes. Riders were allotted 90 minutes in which they were required to perform three judged runs. The best two runs combined to form 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.
Top honors and the $20,000 purse went to Sebastien Toutant, making this title his fourth since his first win in 2006. The 19 year-old claimed this 11th edition with his signature Tootsie Roll off the jump - a backside 1080 double-cork and a frontside-bluntslide 450-out on the rail.
Underdog Seth Hill of Jacksonville, Oregon, earned his second place finish for his frontside 1080 off the jump and 50/50, backside 360-out on the rail. The 24 year-old was the only American in the final and walked away with a $10,000 purse.
Norwegian Kim-Rune Hansen closed out the podium with a frontside 1080 on the jump, which he followed up with a backside lipslide on the rail. This was the 23 year-old's first appearance at the Ride Shakedown and leaves it $5,000 richer.
This year at the Ride Shakedown, the hefty $50,000 total prize purse was extended past the podium. Antoine Truchon (21 years old) of Sainte-Adele, Quebec, and Jason Dubois (21 years old) of Stoneham, Quebec, each walked away with $3,000 and $2,000 for their respective fourth and fifth place finish.
The crowd was treated to a slew of events throughout the day, such as the Snowboard Canada Magazine autograph session and the customary Push.ca halftime show. The latter took place on the same setup used by snowboarders, where J.S. Lapierre earned best trick and $2,000 for his frontside lipslide.
"Over 25,000 people attended the event, which has now become an absolute must in Canada. More and more people travel to be at the Ride Shakedown, which increases interest in our sport and in our athletes. It's great news!" exclaimed Patryck Bernier, co-founder and producer of the largest slopestyle snowboarding competition in the country.
Equally enthusiastic, Brendan O'Dowd, Berniers partner in crime when it comes to the Ride Shakedown, has no intention of quitting while he's ahead. "We want to continue to help the sport evolve by presenting it to the largest amount of people possible and by bringing together the best athletes across the world."
2012 Ride Shakedown Broadcasts in Canada and the United States
The 2012 Ride Shakedown presented by Videotron highlight show will be featured on TVA Sports April 19 at 7 p.m., while the English version will be broadcast on Sportsnet at 7 p.m. on April 17. The English version will also be broadcast in the United States on Root Sports (Direct TV) at noon on April 21.
Until then, take advantage of the Ride Shakedown section available on all three Videotron platforms (illico TV, illico web, and illico mobile). A slew of exclusive footage is at your fingertips, including highlight shows from previous editions (2006-2010), the 10-year Ride Shakedown documentary, as well as the top 10 tricks and falls since 2002. Don't miss out on any of these broadcasts; head to www.illicoweb.tv/rideshakedown.
Unique competition format
What makes the Ride Shakedown such a hit and cut above the rest is its unparalleled competition format. Seen as a huge snowboarding festival both for the forty-some international athletes and the 80 amateurs, the Ride Shakedown offers a unique competition format with minimal constraints on the athletes. The competition requires a mastery of two distinct disciplines: the jump (Big Air) and an original rail feature unveiled only on the first day of competition. Placed at the heart of the action, the public benefits from an accessible yet breathtaking show.
Partners of the Ride Shakedown presented by Videotron
The 11th Canadian edition of the Ride Shakedown is made possible thanks to the support and participation of Ride Snowboards, title sponsor, Videotron, event presenter, Mont Saint-Sauveur, Empire, Oakley, Coors Light, Rockstar, as well as XtraSlush, Shakedown MFG, POP Headwear, Snowboard Canada Magazine, Push.ca, Boa, MOOG Audio, 33mag.com, Slash Magazine, NRJ, Consignaction, Troublemakers, Vans, Schick and Moe's Bar & Grill St-Sauveur.