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Finishing with firsts at the Red Bull Snow Performance Camp 2012

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Finishing with firsts at the Red Bull Snow Performance Camp 2012

10-day performance training camp plays host to amazing performances and innovations as snowboarders and skiers pull new tricks out of the bag

CARDRONA VALLEY (New Zealand) - How often do you get to see PK Hunder progressing his right side double 12’s, Scotty James throwing cab double 10’s and Kaya Turski spinning off-axis like she was born that way, all at the same time? Scenes like this played out as 25 Red Bull skiers and riders headed out together to hit the Jumpbag, the halfpipe and the triple line in the final days of the Red Bull Snow Performance Camp 2012.

Anna Gyarmati took to the Jumpbag to pull off her first double backflip, hitting the 65-foot step up with such grace she made the whole thing look downright tempting. So tempting, in fact, that Aimee Fuller went one better the next day, landing a double backy in the park, only the second female rider ever to do so. “I couldn’t really have had better preparation, with the bag and a good positive environment, everyone around supporting me,” she said.

In the halfpipe, Noah Bowman, currently the only pipe skier with a switch alley oop double, added to his repertoire with a switch down pipe flat 5.He is now working on a double version of his flat 5, a switch down pipe double 9.

For fellow Canadian Kaya Turski, already in possession of world-beating style and rotations, the camp was about tipping things up. “I worked on my switch cork 5’s, which was one of the plans for the trip, getting off-axis from switch, and some switch left side rotations. It’s been great, an awesome crew.”

This year’s camp also saw new tools deployed with the Phantom Flex digital high-speed camera with a wireless monitor used by Red Bull for the first time in on-snow training. Athletes were filmed at between 400 and 600 frames per second (13 to 20 times slower than real time). “We can watch it back in super slow mo right away and dissect the trick immediately,” said snowboard coach James Jackson.

Another innovation was having skiers and snowboarders train together and working with air awareness coach Matt Christensen, the former Head Aerial Coach for the US Freestyle Team.

“He knows how tricks work how you’re going to come around to your feet. That translates to both skiing and snowboarding,” said rider Pat Moore.

New tricks? Check. New tools? Check. New knowledge? Check. Amped? Check, check, check. Relaxing after the final day, a new trick under his belt as well, Greg Bretz summed it up for everyone: “It was a really great camp. I’m stoked to come back next time!”


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