Vans Hi-Standard & Outlaw Slopestyle
A busy weekend is behind us with the Vans Hi-Standard and Outlaw Slopestyle in the books.
The Vans Hi-Standard kicked off at Mount St Louis on Saturday January 13th. Online registration filled up quick with onsite registration maxing out not far behind, making it a full house in the Junkyard.
The days leading up to the event were rainy and warm but mother nature turned things around the night before the event. The organizers and Mount St Louis park staff were able to pull things together, making a great setup consisting of two jumps and a three feature rail deck.
The day started off with two jump sessions for each age category, giving everyone a chance to land some tricks, show off some style and earn some cash. After some waffles for lunch, courtesy of Vans, everyone headed back out for a second jump session. This time, the organizer called out tricks and the stakes were doubled for anyone who could successfully land the called trick… with good style of course.
After a few good jump sessions everyone moved down to the rail deck where the Van Doren best trick rail jam was held. Tons of tricks were going down and everyone was putting it on the line to win the big prize purse. In the end, it was Cameron Spalding with the best trick, two weekends in a row with a gap changeup on the down flat down.
After a long day of hiking the team was back at it the next day competing in the Horseshoe Outlaw Slopestyle. With more team members than ever competing in this event it was a great turnout and made for some good competition. For some team members it was their first time competing in an Ontario Snowboard event, providing a great learning experience. As this event was the Ontario Winter Games Qualifier, the stakes were high and so was the level of riding.
The team stepped up to the occasion with a clean podium sweep in the Men’s Open division (1st - Liam Brearley, 2nd - Cameron Spalding, 3rd - Carter Wega). In the Ladies Open division, young Avery Spalding took home second place being the only female to successfully spin the jump switch, stomping a cab 180 and getting everyone stoked! In Men's Amateur, Connor Todd put down a great run and earned himself the second spot.
At the end of the weekend, everyone walked away a more experienced rider, and a few bucks richer.