Best All-Round Snowboarder crowned in Canada
Austrian Gigi RÃ¼f grabs first-place at Red Bull Ultra Natural, a backcountry snowboarding competition that takes place deep in the Canadian backcountry at Baldface Lodge. Nicolas MÃ¼ller from Switzerland and Bryan Fox from the United States round out the podium in second and third-place respectively.
Austrian Gigi RÃ¼f grabs first-place at Red Bull Ultra Natural, Scott Serfas/Red Bull Content Pool
Nelson, B.C. (February 17, 2013) â Sixteen of the worldâs best snowboarders converged on the run known as âScary Cherryâ at Baldface Lodge, fighting deteriorating weather as the day went along, but only one rider could take home the top honor at Red Bull Ultra Natural. In the end, Austriaâs Gigi RÃ¼f stood on top of the podium after putting together a creative run showcasing his unique style, utilizing a variety of both the natural and man-made features on the mile long course. Switzerlandâs Nicolas MÃ¼ller not only took second place but was also presented the Best Trick Award with a gigantic mute air over a tree, sending himself nearly 100-feet down the 45+ degree course. Rounding out the podium was Southern Californiaâs Bryan Fox, a first-timer at Red Bull Ultra Natural and a late addition to the event as a wildcard entry.
Nicolas MÃ¼ller presented the Best Trick Award with a gigantic mute air over a tree, Photo by Scott Serfas/Red Bull Content Pool
Nicolas MÃ¼ller did the most tricks of anyone else on the hill today but fell on a backside 540, virtually ending his chances for the top spot. However, his huge mute air ollie over a treetop pillow left the judges in awe after going bigger and farther than almost anyone else on course today.
Bryan Fox may have been a newcomer to Red Bull Ultra Natural, but it sure didnât show in his riding. Fox was the only rider to stand-up top to bottom his entire run, landing such difficult tricks as back-to-back-to-back 360âs, a frontside inverted 720 and a 50-50 off a log feature. In the end, the cleanliness of his run didnât outweigh the creativity of RÃ¼fâs or MÃ¼llerâs.
Results: 1. Gigi RÃ¼f (AUT) 2. Nicolas MÃ¼ller (CHE) 3. Bryan Fox (USA) 4. Terje HÃ¥konsen (NOR) 5. David Carrier-Porcheron (CAN) 6. Mark McMorris (CAN) 7. Eero Niemela (FIN) 8. Pat Moore (USA) 9. Lucas Debari (USA) 10. Travis Rice (USA) 11. Jussi Oksanen (FIN) 12. Bode Merrill (USA) 13. Jake Blauvelt (USA) 14. Wolfgang Nyvelt (AUT) 15. Torstein Horgmo (NOR) 16. Mikey Rencz (CAN)
John Jackson talks to Austriaâs Gigi RÃ¼f about winning the Red Bull Ultra Natural big-mountain freestyle snowboard competition after putting together a creative run showcasing his unique style, while utilizing a variety of both the natural and man-made features on the mile-long course.
Nicolas MÃ¼ller, second-place finisher at Red Bull Ultra Natural, speaks with John Jackson about the importance of having fun on the course and going with the flow when it comes to planning out a run.
Snowboarder magazine wildcard invite Bryan Fox rode to third place at Red Bull Ultra Natural, then talked to John Jackson about getting his first-ever podium, his approach to the course, and letting his instincts take over.
More on the official Ultra Natural site: redbull.com/ultranatural