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Vans Hi-Standard still catches some air despite nasty weather

'We had some crazy weather, but that didn’t stop us from keeping the event going and riders step up and rode through the rainy weather'

Seventy-one competitors took part in the Vans Hi-Standard Snow Series held at Horseshoe Resort on Saturday in Oro-Medonte Township.

Quin Ellul was named male MVP, with the female MVP was Emily Wright. 

The Van Doren best trick for 15-and-under went to Maddox Matte, who took home $200, with a backside 50/50 backside 360 out. 

In the 16-and-up category, Chris Fellner won $300 for a boardside pop in on the pyramid to front-side 360 on 180 out on mailbox.

Worst bail went to Rachel Secord, while Colin Konings won the Dillion Ojo Award for most improved.

Horseshoe Park manager Matt Konings said it was the second year for the 2020 Vans Hi-Standard at Horseshoe Resort/outlaw terrain park and the first stop of the tour.

"We had some crazy weather, but that didn’t stop us from keeping the event going and riders step up and rode through the rainy weather," he said. "Stoked to see how everyone rode on the jumps this year with a 35-foot step down and a perfect 20-foot table top for the beginners and intermediate riders to show case the skills."

In the afternoon, the riders went down to the rail set up and riders used every inch of the setup, he said.

"This year we were given two rails for the creative build," Konings added. "I wanted make a skatepark feel with lots of transition to give riders different options to hit and link different lines. Doing the Vans butter pad to down mail box and the Star Wars rail with a gap to landing and transitions on the side riders didn’t let down the judges."

Ben Poechman, an invited pro, also noted the weather played a factor. 

"In the midst of a constant rain and rolling fog, the snow got slashed and the steel was slid," he said. "As many of Ontario’s finest made their way through the course, it was style ranked the highest among peers. The set-up fostered airtime and creative lines through the rail section. It was a pleasure to watch, and a joy the partake! Style is king!"


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