Red Bull Ultra Natural will bring sixteen of the world’s best big-mountain freeride snowboarders to meet on an updated course to crown the “Best All-Around Snowboarder” next week for a single day during the February 15-21, 2013 weather window at Baldface Lodge outside of Nelson, British Columbia, Canada.
Eight new riders will meet the eight top finishers from last year’s Red Bull Supernatural on a course with more unimaginable features and options. Red Bull Ultra Natural is the only event that brings the most accomplished big-mountain freeriders together with current freestyle riders raising the bar in the park and pipe.
As mentioned above, the riders are some of the top riders in the world, so “it draws on all aspects and a lifetime of accumulated snowboarding skill and knowledge” as stated by event creator and pro snowboarder Travis Rice. “Red Bull Ultra Natural will provide an even further evolved platform for the heaviest continuous lines ever ridden.”
There are three distinct sections of the course designed to show off each athlete’s strength and individual discipline. Competitors will have a new wider start area on the 45+ degree slope nicknamed “Scary Cherry” and more line options will create more diversity for the riders. More than 80 existing features have been refined and additional creative hips and objects have been placed on-course to create transitional riding elements in between the upper tree-line jumps and pillow lines, the middle section’s super-kicker, and the natural jib and jump section near the finish. The single day competition takes place under only the best possible conditions – a mix of deep powder, good sunlight and safe conditions. Scores are based on an overall impression of the riders’ two runs, with the best run counting towards the win.
This evolution of all-mountain snowboarding will air on NBC as part of the Red Bull Signature Series on March 30th, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. (PT). Red Bull Ultra Natural is presented by Nike Snowboarding. If you’re familiar with the Red Bull Signature Series, you know this will be well worth watching as this series is the most progressive and innovative actions sports property in the world. Red Bull Ultra Natural may just give you that adrenaline rush you need until your next day out on the cliffs in fresh powder.
For more information about Red Bull Ultra Natural, please visit www.redbull.com/ultranatural.