Pro Snowboarders Compete Over a World’s First “House Jump” at Mount Buller, Victoria
Team Quiksilver took out the honours and $12,000 in prize money in this weekend’s Mt Dew Battle For Supremacy on a specially built snow course that included a purpose built house on Bourke Street at Mount Buller Alpine Resort.
The “Dew Hut” as it was coined, is the world’s first ride-able house and was the main feature of the slopestyle snowboard course that snowboarders jumped and slid over in a bid to win part of the $15,000 cash prize purse in what was the country’s richest yet Australian jib contest.
The thousand strong crowd braved snowy weather to watch Quiksilver’s pro team of Nathan Perry (Sydney) and 15-year old Tim Laidlaw (Melbourne) won the hotly contested event with smooth consistent riding that included a one-foot jumps and 540 degree spins over the entire house.
Head Judge from the TTR World Snowboard Tour Mel Simmons said, “Quiksilver easily took the overall win by consistently landing their incredible runs together, where as a lot of other teams, although they were doing amazing tricks, was rare for both riders to land a run clean at the same time”.
Nathan Perry (Quiksilver) was easily the most stoked person on the mountain at the prize giving, while his young teammate Tim Laidlaw looked a little shocked coming to terms with having a $6000 cheque in his hands. Some of the tricks from Quiksilver included a huge one-foot air by Tim Laidlaw over the house and Nathan Perry stomping a massive 50-50 to backside 180 gap from the roof-top box rail.
Best Team Trick went to Team Burton (Jye Kearney and Tom Pelley) who teamed up on the apex of the roof of the house to send 16 year old Jindabyne local Jye Kearney into a huge backflip 25-foot to the landing using 20-year old Sydney-sider Pelley’s board as a take-off.
Course designer Russell Holt and editor of Transfer Snowboard Magazine said, “We really wanted to bring something unique to Mount Buller and snowboarding in Australia. We also wanted to give the pros a challenge in building the world’s first snowboard-able house. It was a bit of a risk but with the talent of the Mt Buller park builders and groomers it worked out amazingly well and the pros really stepped up to give the spectators a great show that pushed snowboarding to new heights.”
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