Sunday, February 07, 2010

COP - Burton Canadian Open Slopestyle

After a week of waiting for good weather around Whistler, I was pretty happy to get a call from Liam @ Burton to come shoot the Canadian Open up in Calgary. The weather for Friday and saturday was unbelievable. With the Olympics just days away I was excited to see some of the worlds best throwing down on the slopestyle course, and in COP's 22 foot superpipe.

Canadians had strong representation in both events:

- Justin Lamoureux placed 2nd in the pipe finals with crazy technical runs.

On his 2nd semi finals run he took my new GOPRO HD movie camera for a run strapped on his chest... check it here: you'll notice on his first hit the screen goes black...doing the exact same trick pictured in the shot above.....

- Sarah Conrad and Mercedes Nicholl both earned spots of the podium for the girls with great runs!

- Dustin Craven qualified in 2nd but just couldn't hold it together in the finals to make a top spot.

- Jon Versteeg from Pemberton took 2nd in the slopestyle, and I have to say he is one of the most stylish and talented jumpers I have seen in a long time.

- Canmore's own Robby Balharry claimed 3rd in the slopestyle with very impressive style and a bag of tricks! Robby opened a few eyes through the week making his way in from early pre-qualifiers, semi finals, and into finals against the heavy hitters!

On a plane back to Vancouver.. a few days at home.... then off to Japan with a crew from Sandbox films

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