The morning of the competition we woke up to..... MORE RAIN! Wooohhooo.... I was a little worried but by the time we arrived the trail bossing had already begun and any mud there was had been cleared to the side and everything was getting packed in and was looking fast. The format at this competition was probably the best there has ever been. Basically, they built two identical courses side by side and after an hour long jam for qualifiers, the finalists go head to head elimination until someone is crowned the winner! In practice it seemed like everyone except for maybe 5 people were riding the left side course. I tried to exercise a bit of strategy and ride the right course because chances were whoever I ended up matched up against would want the left side. I was stoked on moving on into finals but as fate would have it I ended up paired against Brett Rheeder who was also riding the right side. I have to say it was a little bit scary switching over to a set of jumps I hadn't ridden and trying to do my line. Both sides were more or less the same but it definitely plays mind games with you. Unfortunately I overshot my flip on the first jump and had to straight air the middle jump to get some speed back. Brett ended up eliminating me and moving on but if I had to get eliminated I was glad it was by my Spank teammate and was happy to see him going to the next round. After being eliminated it was actually awesome just watching the rest of the competition, side by side tricks getting thrown down on huge jumps was one of the coolest things I've seen. Everyone threw down all weekend and I'm sure everyone had a fantastic time, spectators and athletes alike.
After the competition was all said and done we headed further south down to Santa Cruz to do some work with Fox and ride while we still could. We did some riding at Post Office of course in addition to some other famous Santa Cruz zones. We brought the Gopros along to get a bit of footage and finish off the trip on a high note.
I'm back home now, surrounded by snow, but that's given me plenty of time to put that footage together and make this short video from the trip. Check it out!
Cali Trip 2011 from Garrett Robertson on Vimeo.
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