The final two days of March at Mont Saint-Sauveur will mark the eleventh edition of the Ride Shakedown presented by Videotron. Since its beginnings in 2002, the Ride Shakedown has become Canadaâ€™s premier international slopestyle contest.
â€œIt is a well organized event that has grown to become established, credible, and notorious. Everyone likes coming out to the Ride Shakedown, be it athletes, industry people, or fansâ€ said Dominic McKenna, Sales and Marketing Director for Ride Snowboards Canada.
Last winter 25,000 fans watched from the base of Mont Saint-Sauver as snowboarders from around the world competed for a portion of the $35, 000 prize purse. This year the total pot has grown even larger with $50,000 up for grabs. The winner of eleventh edition of the Ride Shakedown slopestyle competition will be taking home a cheque for $20,000. The American equivalent of the event, which marks its third year of existence on March 16 and 17 at The SummitÂ at Snoqualime, close to Seattle, will have a similar prize structure. Â
One rider who will certainly be in the hunt for the podium this year is Quebec native and 2011 Ride Shakedown Champion SÃ©bastien Toutant, who is looking forward to this yearâ€™s edition.
â€œIt [the Ride Shakedown] gives me an opportunity to compete in front of my family and friends. I love the atmosphere thatâ€™s set by the thousands of people in the
crowd. I also like that it is set up to be a friendly competition between athletes and the format doesnâ€™t put too much pressure on us. The competition is really up to par and the increased purse will definitely attract some big names in the world of snowboarding.â€
The Ride Shakedown will be having a series of qualifying events throughout the winter in Quebec for the Ride Shakedown at Mont Saint-Sauveur and throughout the U.S. for the competition held at The Summit at Snoqualime. For regional events close to you check out the Ride Shakedown website.
Fill in your calendar now because on March 30 and 31 forty-some of the worldâ€™s top professional snowboarders and double the amount of talented amateurs will be taking to the slopes of Mount Saint-Sauver for the Ride Shakedown. We canâ€™t wait to see how the best riders handle the new original rail feature thatâ€™s revealed a day prior to the start of competition.Â Enjoy some shots and a video of some of the highlights fromÂ last yearâ€™s Ride Shakedown.
The madness from the base of MSSI
Announcer Pete Andersen poses for the camera
Two-time champ, Seb Toutant
Les gagneurs du rail jam
Les gagneurs du Shakedown