Thursday’s practice couldn’t have asked for better weather. It was an early morning start for most riders while others took their time dialing in the runs with their builders. Wind was calm until just after lunchtime. Many riders such as Jaxson Riddle and Ethan Nell were having a good time sessioning their runs over and over through the late morning. Carson Storch had a nasty crash upon trying his larger drop for the first time from a heavy case. He’s said to have a broken collarbone. Cam Zink attempted an expected backflip off one of his drops but a slight over-rotation sent him to the hospital for further evaluation. Brage Vestavik had an incident late afternoon that might keep him from competing on Friday; news is yet to come as far as his condition.
Weather is looking to be the same for tomorrow. We’re looking forward to an incredible event and massive lines per usual, but unfortunately with a shorter and shorter start list than expected. Hoping those who had crashes recover quickly, safely and for tomorrow’s riders to put on a great show without much incident. Andreau Lacondeguy pulled out just a day ago after a crash in practice, so now with Lacondeguy, Storch, and Vestavik out, the start list is down to 12.
Carson Storch eyeing up his big drop before his first attempt.
Keep it between the lines.
Jaxson Riddle after a productive and fun day of practice.
Wind played its usual role as the afternoon approached.
Carson Storch’s first attempt did not end as well as expected. A case and a broken collarbone ended his Rampage 2021.
Kyle Strait was all excitement and full of confidence after a near-full run during practice.
Vinny T flying across the left-hand side of the venue.
All smiles from Semenuk today. Confidence is radiating from the athletes.
Semenuk getting his flips down.
Anyone know whose tools these are?
Kyle Strait hitting the lower jumps earlier in the morning.
The dig crew keeping the jumps nice and tacky.
Tom van Steenbergen was all focus and chatting with friends throughout the morning.
Jaxson Riddle, riddled with style.
And, back up the hill, with a little help.
Jumps sculpted to perfection.