Rice Takes Top Spot At Supernatural

Baldface Lodge, in Nelson, B.C., Canada, paid witness to 18 of the world's legends and up-and-comers as they raised the sport of snowboarding to the next level. The Red Bull Supernatural went down February 4th under bluebird skies, with Travis Rice throwing down on the never-before-ridden course to take home first place.

"We're walking away with a different state of mind. This was an experiment and it's the beginning of a new, possible future for snowboarding," says Rice. "These guys ride like this all the time. It's just a really tough thing to capture, even in a video part. No breaks, riding first tracks and on all-natural terrain. Here we are able to showcase the talent in snowboarding today."

Read on to check out full results plus photos from the epic event:

Santa Monica, CA (February 4, 2012) –
Rice came out hot from the very start putting down a nearly flawless run, hitting as many features as possible, stomping landings and adding inversions to multiple maneuvers. His first score of 91 held the top spot throughout the day. Gigi Rüf scored 84 points on his first run, which held the second spot throughout the day. Nicolas Müller topped John Jackson's score of 80.6, with an 82.6 in the final run with buttery transitions and the solid, stylish riding he is known for. But Jackson didn't walk away empty handed, he won 'Best Trick' by stomping a double cork 1080 off the big kicker on his final run.

"We had no idea that people would tee off that big without having ever seen anyone hit the features before," says Tom Burt, Head Judge for Red Bull Supernatural. "This contest puts together where snowboarding is headed, riding the mountains. But adding freestyle riding into the mix really ups the level. Nature alone can't fully provide a course like this."

Travis Rice's dream run for Red Bull Supernatural is built across 2,200 vertical feet on the slope nicknamed "Scary Cherry." The run is now host to over 80 man-made features including pillow lines, enormous platforms and goal posts in the over 40 degree top section. Most riders had hit five or more features over varying size before heading into the super-kickers where fresh powder landings allowed riders to open up with speed and style. The final slopestyle section had pillow platforms to tap and log rides that took riders straight into the finish line.

"Today was a great example of where our sport is going and what we can do to get it to the next level," says Jeff Pensiero, Owner of Baldface Lodge. "I was surprised at how much these guys really stepped up their game to ride this course. I thought a lot of it was not rideable, but these guys proved that they earn their livings exceeding expectations."

Standouts of the day include Terje's fast turns punctuated by massive methods off the hip transfers, Eric Jackson's butter into a huge 540 off an upper platform and Lucas Debari's enormous air launched off a platform initially built as an evacuation heli platform. Burt says, "Everyone had standout moments. The talent on course today was mindboggling." Burt also points to Devun Walsh's 360 pillow platform tap on the final hit and Nicolas Müller's switch 720 off the kicker as some of the day's most notable moments.

1.      Travis Rice                              91.00
2.      Gigi Rüf                                   84.00
3.      Nicolas Müller                       82.60
4.      John Jackson                         80.60
5.      Lucas Debari                          77.00
6.      Kazuhiro Kokubo                  75.50
7.      Jake Blauvelt                          73.10
8.      David Carrier-Porcheron     69.20
9.      Eero Niemela                         68.90
10.    Devun Walsh                          68.80
11.    Mark Sollors                           68.30
12.    Terje Haakonsen                   68.20
13.    Eric Jackson                           65.80
14.    Mark Carter                           64.70
15.    Mark McMorris                     63.00
16.    Sage Kotsenburg                   62.00
17.    Scotty Lago                             59.40
18.    Mark Landvik                        55.50

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