Shaun White will make the double-cork a TV household name this winter on NBC, ESPN and beyond. Make no mistake that his command over these tricks and determination to bring them into the competitive arena is truly impressive. If this were NASCAR, Shaun basically just built a car that’s twice as fast, and the rest of the contest world is being forced to upgrade or get lapped.
In these changing times, I’d like to tip my cap to a list of riders who paved the way for our aunts, uncles, grand parents, dentists, barbers and teachers to hear about double-corks while channel surfing this up coming winter:
Damien Sanders —His double back’s in Fall Line Film’s Snowboarder’s in Exile back in 1991 were the pinnacle of “extreme”. The fact that he did them in hard-boots, make them the pinnacle of inconceivable. (Steve Graham had some sick ones in this film too).
Jim Rippey — From snowboards to snowmobiles Rippey could back flip anything. You could put that guy on a horse and he’d be ready for the equestrian X Games in a week’s time.
Mike Michalechuck — A full decade ahead of his time, Michaelchuck’s double flips in the 1998 US OPEN Half Pipe will forever be one of the single most progressive moments in our “sport”. Had he avoided an injury and a car crash incident, the world would have seen double-corks before Y2K.
Jesse Fulton — Around that same time, Fulton’s double flips in the pipe were similar to Michaelchucks, yet with a better beer belly.
Mikey LeBlanc — Mikey’s comedic triple back flip in an old Kingpin movie foreshadow the triple-cork that we all know is looming on the horizon (and has apparently been landed by another rider on this list).
Kim Christensen — The Norwegian pipe rider whose ridiculous crippler to switch mctwist type trick was briefly dubbed “The Viking Roll” before being abandon from his repertoire for safety concerns.
JP Walker — The first legit straight jump double-cork that changed the way jumping was to progress forever (and reminded the world that referring to him as a “jibber” is a description that falls about a mile short).
Eero Ettala — Eero’s double backside rodeo off a park jump in MDP’s From _____ With Love proved that the double-cork thing could be spun both ways.
Travis Rice — Aside from owning a mean double back in the pipe, Travis picked up where JP left off, bringing every possible combination of this trick to the backcountry (and stadium) in a little known cult classic film called That’s It, That’s All (which I still think is mainly CGI).
Danny Davis — 2 seasons ago his double cork attempts in the Park City pipe during a “shred for fun day,” reopened the world’s eyes to the possibilities of this trick being done in the pipe.
Scotty Lago — Who has been flirting with double cork front 10’s in the pipe for 2 seasons. Although not as “flippy” as some people do them, Scotty’s double corks are truly a thing of beauty.
Luke Mitrani — Anyone who can do switch double backs in the pipe and ride away laughing, has more tricks up his sleeves than Harry Potter’s closet.Â Mark my words; Luke Mitrani will blow people’s minds this winter.
Prediction: This isn’t even close to the number of times you’ll hear these word this season: