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Here we are in Aspen, where beautiful women instinctively flock like the salmon of Capistrano, for the Winter X Games. The first few days have seen a lot of action including never been done before tricks going down in Pipe, Big Air, Slopestyle, and Snowboard Street. The Skullcandy crew is well represented with Kazu Kokubo, Tom Wallisch, Bode Merrill, Bobby Brown, Dan Brisse, Tanner Hall, Sammy Carlson, and Eero Ettala all getting it done in their respective categories.
Day 1 kicked off with Tanner Hall’s return to the Super Pipe. Unfortunately Tanner just missed out on advancing to the finals but it was great to see him back at X. The big story this year is Shaun White vs Mark McMorris in the Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle. Both Mark and Shaun made it through the qualifiers and have been seen throwing triple corks in their runs - the finals on Saturday should be a good show.
We caught Tom Wallisch sending it during Slopestyle practice.
After Slopestyle, the winners for this year’s Real Snow Street competition were announced. Skullcandy Snow's Dan Brisse and Bode Merrill snagged the Silver and Bronze medals. Louis Felix Paradis took home the Gold. Go to http://www.xgames.com/realstreet to see all of the videos, and be sure to vote for our man Eero Ettala who is in the finals for the fan vote.
Here are our boys showing off their shiny new medals for their amazing Real Snow edits.
Men’s Ski Slope competitors had to battle very low light conditions but that didn’t slow down Skullcandy Ski ripper Bobby Brown from qualifying for the next round. Check him out hanging with fans at the Red Bull tent & tune into the finals on Sunday.
Our boy Danny Kass has been seen taking laps with fans and even Drew Bezanson and Mike Hucker Clarke from Skullcandy BMX fame have been on site to sign autographs in the Red Bull compound as Drew and Hucker ditched their bikes for the weekend to come hang out in the snow.
Conditions were tough during the Snowboard Pipe eliminations
Thursday night our man Kazu took to the pipe for the Men’s Snowboard elimination round. Snow started to fall making for a picturesque evening but made it pretty tough for competitors to spot their landings. Kazu just missed the finals, but look for his 14 year old protégé Ayumu Hirano to put on a show Sunday night. Here's Kazu Kokubo about to head up for this second run.
Day 2 started with the Snowboard Street contest. Dan Brisse was attacking the massive gap throughout the finals, but once again it was Louis Felix Paradis bringing home the Gold. Scope out Brisse's big gap to lipslide during the Snowboard Street.
The Men’s Ski Superpipe finals went down last night, Simon Dumont locked down a Bronze Medal despite skiing with two broken wrists. Frenchman Joffrey Pollet-Villard was the fan favorite going a good 4-5 feet higher than everyone else. In the end, it was David Wise bringing home the Gold with a big score of 95.66. Here are the fans fired up for some hot pipe action.
Our boys having a little fun run to close out the Street contest.
Friday closed out with the America’s Navy Snowboard Big Air finals where a massive crowd came out for a show. The big trick of the night was the triple cork, a trick that was thought to be impossible just a few years ago. Stale Sandbech was holding onto the lead with his own version of the Triple Cork, but on the riders' very last drops, Torstein Horgmo stomped a switch backside triple cork 1440 to take the lead while Mark McMorris threw down a cab triple cork 1440 to take the silver.
The party here in Aspen has only just begun. Be sure to tune in this weekend where we are sure competitors will step up their runs for the finals.
Words By: @RobLayer
Photos by Rob Mathis and Rob Layer