Red Bull Snowscrapers Finals Video
by Cara Bologna
Red Bull Brings Snowboarding to Manhattan
Photos by Joey Perron-Kozar
A week’s passed, and people are still buzzing about Red Bull’s Snowscrapers
BettyLife arrived on the scene around 4 p.m. for about an hour and a half of warm-ups. The 90-foot drop in, created from recycled containers, was definitely icy and definitely slow so it seemed like the guys weren’t getting enough speed and air, which disappointed many. Despite nearly single-digit temperatures, thousands of spectators filled the snowy park to witness some of snowboarding's hottest (and I don't just mean looks) pro riders from around the world. Sixteen riders including crowd faves like Travis Rice, Bjorn Leines, Shaun White and Terje Haakonsen got their test runs in before sunset over the city skyline. Weaving his way through the crowd, Torstein Horgmo (2nd place) stopped to comment that the drop in “was a little slow.” The Norway native said he’s never been to New York, so he seemed pretty stoked on the scene.
After about an hour and a half and no feeling in our feet, we headed to a warming tent for some much-needed relief. Then it was back out to the sidelines for the 60-minute jam session. One run after another proved the drop in probably should have been taller to allow for more speed and air to get over the double hip. Best trick winner and my personal favorite of the night, Terje Haakonsen stomped a one-footed method air that left the crowd in awe with cheers all around.