Under sunny spring skies at Grouse Mountain on Saturday over a thousand spectators turned out to watch the best snowboarding our continent has to offer at Quiksilver's Showdown Over the City. Over 30 professional riders from around North America were invited for this competition which has a 4 star ranking out of 6 on the TTR World Snowboard Tour and they brought with them some of the biggest jumps and personality that the Peak of Vancouver has ever seen.
On the custom built Grouse Mountain course the riders went to huge heights yesterday to impress the judges with their jumps but only one could walk away with the top prize. British Columbia's own Jon Versteeg took home the top spot on the podium while second place went to 16 year-old Darcy Sharpe (Canada) and Craig McMorris (Canada) took third place with all of the riders sharing the $20,000 prize purse. This was without a doubt the biggest Quiksilver Showdown Over The City ever with spectators crowded on The Cut watching the competition against Grouse Mountain's signature Vancouver backdrop enjoying a BBQ and attired in t-shirts in the perfect spring weather.
“The course that the Grouse Mountain terrain park staff created this year was phenomenal and I really have to hand it to them”, said Grouse Mountain pro rider Chris Dufficy who placed 8th overall. “Huge respect goes to Grouse Mountain from all of the riders for putting on this great event and I am already looking forward to next year but it will be hard to top this Showdown”.
The amateur portion of Quiksilver Showdown Over the City took place on Friday bringing with it some of the most promising future talent to rub shoulders with legends of the sport. They had the chance to prove to the judges that they had what it takes to go head to head with the prominent riders such as Craig McMorris, Chris Dufficy and Robby Balharry on Saturday.
For more information head to www.showdownoverthecity.ca