06/09/2010 | by Tom Copsey
It’s the rookies’ turn to step their game up in Snowpark NZ’s airbag.
Now that many of the the seniors (seniors, half of em were still under 20. Jaysus) are busy putting what they learnt into practice at the NZ Open, it’s now time for the groms to try out new tricks in the Red Bull Performance Camp‘s airbag. Some of these kids look like they’re fresh out of diapers, but it doesn’t stop them double hucking into the bag for all they’re worth. Gnarly times to be a rookie. Here’s how the Performance Camp guys break it down…
A new week, a new crew.
The second week at the Performance camp couldnt have got off to a better start. Mother Nature flicked a switch and turned winter on again freshly coating the surrounding mountains with fresh snow. The crew for Week Two consists of some of the most talented up and coming snowboarders from around the world.
The younger riders were full of energy and enthusiasm when they saw the setup that stood before them, they hit the ground running to get their boards on and get out there. It wasnt long before these pint-sized rippers were hitting the bag jump and trying new tricks, at least half of them throwing down double attempts on the first day.
Stale Sandbech (NOR), brothers Nils and Hans Mindnich (US) and Kyle Mack (US) were all working on different doubles and even 10 year old Cody Warble (US), the smallest rider by far was throwing 7ts into the bag.
A bunch of Pro 9s from the first week stayed on and continue to push the limits in this second week, taking advantage of the unique jumps and training environment. With the amped younger riders and the Pros all riding, hanging together and breaking new territory in their snowboarding, its obvious to see the progression in the riders continues.