While Operation Odyssey Dawn was just beginning halfway around the world, a multi-national coalition of riders were doing their best to make the airspace above the Summit At Snoqualmie a “fly zone.” R: Jordan Phillips P: Mike Yoshida

Words: Pat Bridges

The big air finals of the 2011 Ride Shakedown stunt show at the Summit at Snoqualmie finally promised on its goal of translating the legendary qualities of its Canadian pedigree to the lower 48.

This year the US Open was themed “Shakedown Street.” Really? Actually if they wanted a party atmosphere and amazing riding then why not mimic the Ride Shakedown. R: Nick Hyne P: Mike Yoshida

With the sun shining and peak spring temps on tap the 10 riders who qualified for the jam format finals proved what a truly international affair this contest has become. Riders from America, Canada, New Zealand and Japan were on the bill as this event marked the Shakedowns debut on the TTR tour.

Who wrote “I Love Mormons”? R: Alex Andrews P: Mike Yoshida

What makes the Shakedown truly unique is its innovative format, which has the finalists jamming for an hour and a half. In that time each rider has 3 judged runs which are of their own choosing. Another facet of this format is the inclusion of a clause that states that each rider must call their tricks on their judged runs and forgo repeating any tricks when being scored. This twist creates a show that is less mundane than the traditional three run system employed by other top tier contest.

The crowd pleaser. R: Alex Andrews P: Mike Yoshida

This place went to Tyler Flanagan who has been absent from the international big air/slopestyle circuit since the 2011 X-Games slopestyle. Tyler relied on a variety of double corks to secure his podium spot. Unfortunately his topping out at 1080 degrees on each judged run kept him from finishing higher up the podium.

Jeremy Cloutier mid BS 9. R: Jeremy Cloutier P: Jeff Baker

Fourteen-year-old Japanese rookie Yuki Kadono is a name unfamiliar to North America yet that is about to change. With his country enveloped in tragedy Yuki persevered and pulled a 1260 in the finals to make his big air mark. In consideration of his countrymen Yuki decided to donate half of his $8,000.00 second place prize to relief efforts in Japan.

The Method Mafia. R: Tyler Flanagan and Zak Hale P: Jeff Baker

For the second year in a row first place in the Summit At Snoqualmie Ride Shakedown Big Air was well earned by journeyman Matts Kulesik. Matts combined a FS 1260 with switch 50-50 on the quad kink to distinguish himself from the world class field. This result continues Matts 2011 Shakedown streak as he earned the first Shakedown Europe title a week earlier. Now Matts has a 2 week break before he arrives at Mt. Saint Sauveur, Quebec to try to make it three in a row and a clean sweep of the 2011 Shakedown series.

The kid on the left is a Muscle Milk VIP. P: Mike Yoshida

Final Results:
1.Matts Kulisek
2.Yuki Kadono
3.Tyler Flanagan
4.Nick Hyne
5.Zach Stone
6.Scott See
7.Jeremy Cloutier
8.Jordan Phillips
9.Nick Brown
10.Ivan Marcinko

According to David Lynch this peak has a twin. R: Nick Hyne P: Jeff Baker

'裏側1260年' is what Yuki exclaimed before dropping in for this jump. R: Yuki Kadono P: Jeff Baker

Switch 50-50. R: Matts Kulesik P: Mike Yoshida

Congratulations to Matts Kulesik, The 2011 Ride Shakedown at The Summit At Snoqualmie Champion! R: Matts Kulesik P: Jeff Baker

R:(L to R) Yuki Kadono, Matts Kulesik, Tyler Flanagan P: Mike Yoshida