The Shred Show presented by Monster Energy may be a flash in the pan if Whistler's bid to host a Global X Games event in 2013 is successful, but what a flash. From a surprise appearance by snowboard legend Terje Haakonsen to 16-year-old Darcy Sharpe's double over the hip jump, The Shred Show kept snowboard fans well entertained.
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Sharpe shakes it up on Big Hip
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.
Sharpe, just 16, took the win at the opening event of the Shred Show presented by Monster Energy — the TTR-sanctioned Big Hip contest, which took 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 for third place.
Sharpe is a Whistler local of sorts. His family lives in Comox and Mt. Washington is his home turf, but for years he has also trained with the Whistler Valley Snowboard Club. This is his second season working with head coach Joe McAdoo, and it's been a big one — fifth in a World Cup slopestyle in Quebec, second at nationals and second in the FIS Snowboard Junior World Championships. It's fair to say that Sharpe has established himself as one of the top up-and-coming riders in the world.
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. His final score was a 180 out of a possible 200. Truchon might have taken the top spot with a double corked 1260, but had trouble with the landing and finished second with a 174.75. Jon Versteeg went big and finished third with a 172.
Rounding out the top 10 were Logan Habrich, David Fortin (getting the most air of the evening), Justin Morgan, Robby Balharry, Yale Cousino, Logan Short and Derek Livingstone.
Showcase Showdown winner Jesse Millen didn't qualify in the top 10 for the finals, but came in as a last-minute entry and made sure the crowd wouldn't forget him by attempting a couple of double corked 1080s and coming up just short on the landing.
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.