Luke Porter & I jumped in the STS truck & headed over to pick up Stu, Woody was already up on the Mtn clicking shots off. As you can see from the pics it was bluebird, what a pleasure heading up to the Remarks on a friday, tunes on, coffees in hand, sun beaming down and pipe action ahead of us! Once we'd made it to the top & geared up we headed straight to the park & pipe area where Josh & the Parklife crew were set up & the reggae beats throbbing out. Riders were gathered at the top waiting for their number to come up & cue from the MC then time to step off the plate into pipe world for the judges to score.
The Rampage is an FIS sanctioned event so an important one for riders keen to rack up world ranking points or qualify towards a spot in the upcoming World Cup at Cardrona next weekend.
Judges & the FIS tec. deligate were from 4 different countries.
The Parklife park & pipe is nestled in a large bowl surrounded by amazing looking terrain reaching up into the clearest deep blue sky you have seen, a big quad chair rips right up the middle from way down giving a great perspective of the park action on your ride up. The pipe was looking fantastic, immaculate with firm walls holding solidly for the comp & running spot on to time. From the onset of our arrival it was cool to see a good crowd on the side, cameras out & the moves being thrown down in a thoroughly chilled out scene. Move wise it was all go, the stock airs were there with spins - 5's, 7's & 9's a strong part of the mix.
From early rounds the field was cut to a 6 person final in both womens & mens with the top scoring of two runs the ranked run. The field was pretty mixed on an international level & today it was the Spaniard's turn to show up the technical skills with the Verges brothers taking 1st & 2nd!!!! back to back clean grabbed 5's & a 900 to corked 7 combo sealed the day for a stoked Isacc Verges over his brother Ruben with 0.9 separating the two, stepping into 3rd was Klemen Flisar of Slovenia giving the Euros a clean sweep, On the local front Bene Stewart slipped into 6th as top Kiwi.
For the girls Miyahara Akari of Japan took gold! she put down some solid grabs then scored up with the back to back 5s spin combo before heading into the 3's. Queralt Castellet of Spain pulled into second only 0.9 behind Miyahara, with the well know Elle Richards of New Zealand stomping the tricks into 3rd place & Paula Mitchell right behind her.
We finished the day of pipe action with a quick hike up from the shadow basin chair to drop one of the shoots as a total contrast to the freestyle rocking we'd seen - as you do with the Remarks insane big mtn. riding & sick park/pipe mixed together........now, with everyone else that was up there, we're perfectly lined up for a couple of cold ones & friday night in QT.........
Tomorrow it's the Slopestyle starting at 10am, the forcast is for another pearler of a day, Queenstowners will be up the Mountain in force & huge props to the Remarkables & the Parklife Crew - the park is looking sick!!!!!!!!!!
talk to you again soon......
1st isacc kerges spain
2nd ruben kerges spain
3rd klemen flisar spain
1st akari mixahara japan
2nd querari castellet solvena
3rd ellie kiraaras nz
Photos: Jeremy Pierce