Telus World Ski & Snowboard Festival - Big Air Competition 2008

As you may have heard, I spent this past weekend up at Whistler-Blackcomb to attend the Telus World Ski & Snowboard Festival. As part of the festival, they had all sorts of, well, festivities. The marketing team said that this was the largest outdoor concert series and you may have seen some of the pictures I took of Rally Car and illScarlett. That was already pretty cool.

Being a ski and snowboard festival, however, there’s obviously a pretty big focus on the sport side of things. Yes, we got Stephen Fung to ride a razor, but we wanted to get some real entertainment from real athletes. Heading to the base of Blackcomb Mountain on Saturday night, we caught the Big Air finals. Those boys (and girls) really catch some big air!

The tricks themselves are obviously pretty impressive, but what was even more impressive was the ability of the competitors to recover from a wipe-out. They could have an absolutely nasty landing, twirling around end over end, but somehow they manage to get back on their feet within a couple of seconds. It’s all one fluid motion.

Check out some the great tricks in the video below, which comes with a bonus appearance from Ravidrums at the end. This percussionist had soooo much energy!

For another look at the Big Air competition, check out the videos from the blogs of Leo Chiang and John Chow.