For the 13th consecutive year, the world’s best riders will hit Mont Saint-Sauveur today and tomorrow (April 4-5) for the Ride Shakedown presented by Videotron Mobile. The world-class competition and some say Canada’s greatest contest, which draws some of the best riders in the world, is ranked as a 5-star event on the World Snowboard Tour.
The 25,000 spectators expected to be in attendance will get a chance to see Sochi 2014 Winter Olympians Maxence Parrot, Charles Reid and four-time Ride Shakedown winner, Sébastien Toutant, among countless others—all competing for their share of a $50,000 prize purse; $20,000 of which will be awarded to the winner. They’ll need to prove themselves on a course composed of a massive big air jump followed by a rail feature-unveiled exclusively by Videotron Mobile on the eve of the event.
“The jump will be even bigger this year”, warns Patryck Bernier of Dizzle Entertainment, founder and Ride Shakedown producer alongside Brendan O’Dowd. “It will give athletes a bigger range to work with, which in turn will enable them to perform more awe inspiring tricks. The rail feature was once again redesigned this year and will give the riders even more options on which to unleash their creativity.”
There will be something for everyone at Mont Saint-Sauveur during the two-day event. In addition to the weekend’s main event on Saturday afternoon, which will feature some forty international professional athletes, the Friday is shaping up to be just as eventful; dozens of amateur athletes will battle it out during the amateur qualification to earn a spot in Saturday’s semi-final. It is the best way for future rising stars to make a name for themselves and work their way up the ranks. Amateur registration is still open via the website: www.rideshakedown.com.
The Ride Shakedown halftime show is sure to deliver thrills as a slew of skateboarders tackle one of the feature rails on the course. There will also be a new segment, the Mini-Pro Halftime Show, where young athletes under the age of 13 will perform tricks on a rail specifically designed for them. “It’s a way for us to encourage the next generation of riders, which is also one of the event’s main objectives,” says Bernier.
The Ride Shakedown presented by Videotron Mobile isn’t just a competition; it is the main gathering for all-action sports fans. Also on the agenda is the partner village, which contains a wide range of action sports representatives, entertainment, DJs, and an autograph session with professional athletes.
The 13th edition of the Ride Shakedown is made possible thanks to the support and participation of Ride Snowboards, title sponsor, Videotron Mobile, event presenter, Mont Saint-Sauveur, Empire, Coors Light, Rockstar as well as Oakley, POP Headwear, Snowboard Canada Magazine, Moog Audio, 33mag.com and TTR World Snowboard Tour.
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