Travis Rice and Red Bull have teamed up once again to the change the way we perceive competitive snowboarding. The Red Bull Super Natural is gearing up to be the most progressive contest in snowboard history. In an effort to find the best overall snowboarder in the world, Rice conceptualized a contest that would combine all elements of competitive snowboarding, but in the backcountry of interior British Columbia.
Sound crazy? That’s because it is.
Rice and Red Bull spent this past summer scouting the perfect location and building hundreds of log features for the event. The course is only accessible by snow cats and helicopters and mixes man-made features with natural elements. We’re talking lumberjack-built pillow lines, dozens of tree-jibs, log ladders, transfers and even a massive kicker that will have 250 foot-wide take off.
On February 2-9, eighteen of the world’s best riders will descend upon BC for this monumental contest. The event spans seven days because Rice wants to make sure that conditions and snow pack are the best possible, to ensure all riders fair runs. The format of the event will be the best of two runs with the top nine scores making it unto the third run. The rider that puts down this best third run will take the highly coveted win. This is more than just a simple contest title; it’s earning the prestige of being the world’s best snowboarder.
Invited Rider List (unconfirmed): John Jackson, Nicolas Mueller, DCP, Lucas Debari, Scotty Lago, Kazu Kokubo, Jake Blauvelt, Gigi Ruff, Wolle Nyvelt, Mark Landvik, Devun Walsh, Pat Moore, Shaun White, Terje Haakonsen, Mark Carter, and Travis Rice.
Wildcard spots: Winner of North Face Masters, Winter X Games slopestyle gold medalist.
Click on the picture to head to Red Bull’s site to watch the teaser.