News: Snowboarders Arrive At Baldface Lodge As Red Bull Supernatural Contest Window Opens Feb. 3-8

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Santa Monica, California — Eighteen of the world’s best snowboarder’s are settling into Baldface Lodge in Britsh Columbia, as the holding period for Red Bull Supernatural begins. On only one day between today and Feb. 8, the 18 will be the first riders to drop into Travis Rice’s dream snowboard run, competing to find out who is the best all-around snowboarder on the planet. Red Bull Supernatural is a first-of-its-kind, backcountry snowboard competition, challenging riders’ big mountain, freeride, slopestyle and big air talents all in one spectacular run.

Eric Jackson Curling Photo By Christian PondellaOn Feb. 1, the riders and judges arrived in Nelson, B.C., Canada, for some curling and camaraderie before heading up to Baldface Lodge. Here, Erik Jackson throws a stone down the ice. Photo by Christian Pondella.

"Scary Cherry,” the run in Baldface’s tenure that’s been enhanced to host Red Bull Supernatural, features a variety of slope angles and natural features. It starts off with an extremely steep, over-40 degree slope angle providing big mountain terrain before tapering to 35 degrees where most of the 80-plus wooden platforms and other features have been built. Midway it flattens out into a bench providing the perfect location for Rice’s dream 300-foot wide kicker with a fresh powder landing zone. After the kicker, the slope drops to a 30 degree pitch where esteemed terrain park builder J.P. Martin, working with Rice for inspiration, planted a garden of innovative slopestyle features.

“Inspiration for the course design came from nature, straight up, and the crazy features that I’ve seen people ride,” Rice explains. “You have to have terrain that compliments freestyle riding on all-mountain terrain, which is why we built this course from scratch. There’s no limit on what is possible with a little creativity and some will.”

Travis Rice Reacts to DCP and Scotty Lago. Photo by Christian Pondella.Travis Rice reacts to DCP and Scotty Lago. Photo by Christian Pondella.

The rider list features the additions of wild card winners Mark McMorris and Sage Kotsenburg, both 18-years old and global slopestyle leaders. Also this week, Canadian Mark Sollors has been confirmed to replace Wolfgang Nyvelt, who was forced to drop out by an injury.

Red Bull Supernatural Confirmed Rider List:

David Carrier-Porcheron CAN
Devun Walsh CAN
Eero Niemela FIN
Gigi Ruff AUT
Jake Blauvelt USA
John Jackson USA
Kazu Kokubo JPN
Lucas Debari USA
Mark Carter USA
Mark Landvik USA
Nicolas Müller SUI
Erik Jackson USA
Scotty Lago USA
Terje Håkonsen NOR
Travis Rice USA
Mark Sollors CAN
Mark McMorris CAN
Sage Kotsenburg USA

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