words and photos: Brendan Hart
Sage Kotsenburg and fellow 2014 US Olympic team member, Ty Walker convened in Boston, Massachusetts, at Fenway Park on September 22, 2015 to announce a USSA big air event that is to take place at the venerable home of the Red Sox on February 11-12, 2016.
The event is expected to draw much attention, nourishing Bostonians’ fervor for athletic spectacles, which, apart from the games of their beloved Bruins, is starved in the winter. “Everyone here is so pumped on life and sports,” remarked Sage. “It’s a really enthusiastic city.”
The spirited zeal of Boston is exactly the right type of energy for the upcoming contest. “Big Air at Fenway” is part of the International Ski Federation’s World Cup tour and is intended to bolster support and excitement for the discipline’s inclusion in the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics. The ISF is planning for a monumental set up. The seismically proportioned ramp will be a dizzying 140 feet high, and will gobble up the space from centerfield to home plate. The Green Monster, Fenway’s resident goliath, peaks at a comparatively unmonstrous 37 feet.
Boston, prone to uncannily snowy winters, is a practical location for holding a snowboarding contest of such an eminent caliber and the renowned stadium on Yawkey has a history for making headlines. A hallowed athletic ground, where names like Roger Clemens, David Ortiz, Nomar Garciaparra, Jason Varitek, and Dustin Pedroia have established their celebrity, this February the ISF seeks to add another champion to the fables of Fenway, though this time there won’t be any pinstripes involved.
Tickets for the event will be on sale starting November 12th at 12:00 pm. NBC will be providing live coverage of the big air action, as well as televising a full highlight show on Saturday, February 13th.
Read the full Snowboarding Big Air Comes to Boston – Sage Kotsenburg has a field day at Fenway article on Snowboarder Magazine.