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Falls Creek Big Air Comp / 10 August
We are finalising the details for the 2013 Big Air Comp to be held on Saturday August 10th. Until then, check out the wrapup from last year's epic battle.
In total around 40 participants took to the jumps for their chance to snare some of the $12,000 prize pool in one of Falls Creek's favourite events.
It was a day for the locals at Ruined Castle as Galina - Falls Creek Terrain Park Crew leader, led from the front to take out the boarding division and $1,300 prize money. Galina's hard fought victory came at the expense of other Falls Creek locals Kieren McLaughlin (2nd) and Mikey Rosalky (3rd) all at home riding the Castle Park.
For the skiers it was another local beating the rest to the $1,300 prize. French expat Jerome Lambert (based at Falls during the Aussie Winter) came out ahead of Cody Johnson and Mathew Golightly in second and third place.
Trying conditions early threatened the event going ahead, resulting in the withdrawal of Reuben Cameron's (Terrain Park Guru) purpose-built jump. The last minute change of plans saw excellent dedication from the Park and creative events crews to ensure the event was able to proceed safely with use of the huge range of features and jumps that make the Ruined Castle Park.
Head Judge Sean Oakley said: “It was a tricky day but it all came together in the end. The calibre of riding by the competitors was exceptional given the challenging conditions.
“This is always a popular event at Falls Creek which is made enjoyable by the free spirit and comradery of the riders, local crew and spectators. They push each other and give it their all for a slice of the $12,000 prize pool.”
In the female divisions, Jade McJannett defended her 2011 title to take out first place in the boarding. Skiing saw a sole female entrant in Alex Neilson shredding the park and take out first place.
Local shredder Darcy Plant won the Nitro Snowboards Best Up and Comer award (winning a Nitro package of snowboard, boots and bindings).
Jerome Lambert flies on his way to first place for the skiers.
Pic - Chris Hocking