Maxence Parrot’s latest triple cork jump was worth $15,000, as he pulled out the trick to win The Shred Show’s big air contest on Saturday night (April 20) in the grand finale event of the World Ski and Snowboard Festival.
The 18-year-old from Bromont, Que., stomped a triple cork 1260 on his first run of Saturday’s 10-man final, earning a score of 96.50 from judges that would hold up to give Parrot the victory in the 5-star TTR World Tour event.
Parrot, who earlier this season won the 6-star O’Neill Evolution big air comp in Switzerland with a triple cork, said he made up his mind during practice sessions the day before to try it again.
“I knew I had the air time to do it, so I was like ‘Let’s go all in — last or first,’” said Parrot. “I guess it worked. I stomped it first try and got first, so I’m stoked.”
The Canadian slopestyle team member’s winning trick earned by far the biggest roar of the night from the thousands watching in Skiers Plaza.
“Whistler is nuts,” said Parrot. “The crowd was insane.”
Norway’s Kim Rune Hansen (93.25) and American rider Justin Morgan (90.25), the top qualifier for finals, also hit the podium Saturday. Hansen took home $6,000 for the runner-up finish and Morgan grabbed a cheque for $4,000.
“Max is a frickin’ machine these days,” said Hansen. “He’s riding so well, so consistent and I’m so happy for him to put it down.”
Sage Kotsenburg (87.00) was just off the podium in fourth place, while Whistler-based rider Darcy Sharpe, the defending champion, made the finals and placed eighth. The other riders making it to Saturday’s final from the 30 competitors in the qualifier were Matts Kulisek, Carlos Gerber, Emil Ulsletten, Eric Willett and Nicholas Julius.
Ulsletten earned $15,000 of his own on Friday when he won The Shred Show’s slopestyle competition on Blackcomb, edging Willett for the win.
“I was super happy. It was my first win of the season, so it felt pretty good,” said the Norwegian athlete, who felt the big course set up well for him. “I’m kind of a jump guy and there were three big jumps, so that was perfect.”
Look for more in Thursday’s (April 25) edition of The Question.