Henrik Harlaut Wins Big Air at Freestyle.ch Zurich; Oakley Riders Sweep Podium

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Performance boundaries: they seem to have been forgotten in Big Air skiing. Take this past weekend’s Freestyle.ch in Zurich, Switzerland and compare what was being done with what was happening a decade or even just five years ago. That rapid evolution: absurd.

And yet, there was Henrik Harlaut soaring and pulling off his patented nose-butter double 12 for a score of 95.75 to take first place. And he was in good company, joined on the podium by fellow Oakley team riders Kai Mahler (second, 95.5) and Phil Casabon (third, 91.25).

“This is my first ever win here, and I’m very stoked on the crowd,” said Harlaut. “It’s awesome.”

Those who know Freestyle.ch know that it’s – as ESPN puts it – “a techno-dj-infused ski/snowboard/FMX/mountain bike mega-contest, with three jumps — one snow and two dirt — that have people spinning off them in all directions in front of a packed house, for two days straight.” That about covers it.

And in case you wanted a visual taste of what you’re missing, here you go:


Chasen Marshall


September 26, 2012

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