Darcy Sharpe is buying a car. In his words, "a baller car." You can do that kind of thing when you win $15,000 prize money, and are at least 16 years old.
Sharpe took the win at the opening event of the Shred Show, presented by Monster Energy - the TTR-sanctioned Big Hip contest taking place under the lights at the base of Whistler Mountain on Saturday night, April 14. Antoine Truchon was second to win $6,000 while Whistler's own Jon Versteeg earned $4,000.
Sharpe is also a local of sorts. His family lives in Comox but for years has trained with the Whistler Valley Snowboard Club. This is his second season working with coach Joe McAdoo, and it's been a big one - fifth in a World Cup slopestyle, second in nationals and second in the FIS Snowboard Junior World Championships.
Sharpe was one of the top riders in the qualifier, moving on to the finals where the best two of three runs would count. His top airs were a frontside 1080 and a backside 720, laid out enough that the announcer gave him credit for making them double-corked - though coach McAdoo said he wasn't quite inverted enough for that.
While $15,000 is the biggest payday of his career, Sharpe said it was his second-best day this year - behind riding with his friends at Mt. Washington. "But this is a pretty good feeling," he said.
"(The set up) was pretty hard, but when the pressure is on I seem to ride better, thanks to my coach," he said.
Sharpe has an opportunity to add to the total on Monday at the Shred Show's slopestyle event, also a five-star TTR series event. The open Boarderstyle contest on Sunday in the Nintendo Terrain Park, and the Mogul Duel is on Tuesday on Davies' Dervish. For more, visit WSSF.com.
The hip jump itself was a monster, with a ramp that was narrow and about two storeys high, a huge gap of over 10 metres and three landing options.