Ultra-Non Exclusive UltraNatural Coverage


Unfortunately, we tapped out our heli budget on one drop at Silverton this year (this would be a link to the story but I haven’t written it yet.) This left us SOL when it came to getting up to UltraNatural (not to be confused with last year’s SuperNatural) at Baldface lodge, to watch the most gross, yet incredible show of motor fuel consumption in snowboarding. In addition to heli porn, there’s also some of the sickest riding of the year, but you’ll have to wait til NBC makes the glossy, ready for general public version to see video on March 30th (unless it gets leaked and A-man voices it over again.) What we do have now though, are the photos that came with the press release, which is basically as good as being there. Basically.

Gigi Ruf 2 - Photo Scott Serfas

Gigi Ruf won, even though he totally missed this grab. Photo: Scott Serfas.

Bryan Fox - Photo Tim Zimmerman

Bryan Fox was drinking water the whole time to stay hydrated, but we wonder if he might be more accepting of sugar water now that he got first tracks on this crazy structure on its dime. Nah, probably not. Photo: Tim Zimmerman

Pat Moore - Photo Scott Serfas

Leave it to a kid from New Hampshire to find the only groomed section on the entire trail. Pat Moore. Photo: Scott Serfas

Lucas Debari - Photo Christian Pondella

This might look gnarly to you mere mortal, but it would be considered a “mellow” pillow line at Mt. Baker. Lucas Debari. Photo: Christian Pondella

John Jackson and Mark McMorris - Photo Tim Zimmerman

You guys! Mark McMorris drinks Red Bull and he beat Pat Moore, Travis Rice, Jussi Oksanen and more to get 6th. It was either the taurine, or the fact that he’s actually good at riding a snowboard. photo: Tim Zimmerman (in the heli dude)

Terje Haakonsen - Action

There you go kids, Terje is hitting rails now as well.  Photo: Tim Zimmerman

Gigi Ruf - Photo Scott Serfas

Look at all that pretty mist. That’s mother nature telling Gigi she loves his vision.  Photo: Scott Serfas

David Carrier-Porcheron - Photo Scott Serfas

Canadians stick together, which is probably how Scott Serfas manged to get this epic shot of DCP.

Awards - Tim Zimmerman

And the award for best sticker job goes to –  Bryan Fox. Photo: Tim Zimmerman

Results for the 2013 Red Bull Ultra Natural is as follows

NAME     RUN 1     RUN 2
1.  Gigi Rüf     82.6     72.4
2.  Nicolas Müller     76.4     71.4
3.  Bryan Fox     44.6     75.4
4.  Terje Håkonsen     66.2     60.2
5.  David Carrier-Porcheron     62.2     39.2
6.  Mark McMorris     61.6     45.4
7.  Eero Niemela     61.0     34.0
8.  Pat Moore     59.0     38.0
9.  Lucas Debari     57.2     53.0
10.  Travis Rice     56.2     49.2
11.  Jussi Oksanen     27.8     55.4
12.  Bode Merrill     48.8     45.2
13.  Jake Blauvelt     46.8     48.0
14.  Wolfgang Nyvelt     45.6     42.8
15.  Torstein Horgmo     32.6     44.8
16.  Mikey Rencz     39.6     40.0

Official release

Sixteen of the world’s best snowboarders converged on the run known as “Scary Cherry” at Baldface Lodge, fighting deteriorating weather as the day went along, but only one rider could take home the top honor at Red Bull Ultra Natural.  In the end, Austria’s Gigi Rüf stood on top of the podium after putting together a creative run showcasing his unique style, utilizing a variety of both the natural and man-made features on the mile long course.  Switzerland’s Nicolas Müller not only took second place but was also presented the Best Trick Award with a gigantic mute air over a tree, sending himself nearly 100-feet down the 45+ degree course.  Rounding out the podium was Southern California’s Bryan Fox, a first-timer at Red Bull Ultra Natural and a late addition to the event as a wildcard entry.

“I don’t know, I definitely got lucky,” said Rüf about his performance today.  “I don’t really consider myself a ‘winner,’ I believe in luck and coincidence.  My friend told me about a great quote that says a winner doesn’t need luck, but I believe there was a little bit of luck involved today just because of how Mother Nature played out and how she played into my vision.”

Nicolas Müller did the most tricks of anyone else on the hill today but fell on a backside 540, virtually ending his chances for the top spot. However, his huge mute air ollie over a treetop pillow left the judges in awe after going bigger and farther than almost anyone else on course today.

Bryan Fox may have been a newcomer to Red Bull Ultra Natural, but it sure didn’t show in his riding.  Fox was the only rider to stand-up top to bottom his entire run, landing such difficult tricks as back-to-back-to-back 360’s, a frontside inverted 720 and a 50-50 off a log feature.  In the end, the cleanliness of his run didn’t outweigh the creativity of Rüf’s or Müller’s.

“’Scary Cherry’ itself is a really difficult run in the best of conditions without a single feature on it.  For a regular guy like me, to ride 2400-2600 vertical feet in one continuous run is a lot.  Your legs are burning at the bottom,” says Baldface Lodge Owner Jeff Pensiero.  “To think that guys are linking 5 or 6 features, then continuing down and doing a backflip or something off the big jump, then doing tricks in the lower section of the course, to me that is absolutely super human.  And all of them, from the guy that got last place to Gigi, were able to exercise something I’ll never have.  So to be able to witness that in my backyard on a slope that I’ve ridden for all these years is just hard to say anything other than I’m kind of speechless watching it.”

“The top 3 riders are the top 3 for a good reason,” says Competitor and Event Creator Travis Rice.  “They rode the best on today’s course. Our podium finishers rode the course like it was meant to be ridden.  They found their own lines, everyone had their own creative expression on the course, and that’s what Red Bull Ultra Natural is all about.”

22 replies
  1. @haters
    @haters says:

    If you hate on travis rice you’re an idiot. Simple as that. Ultru-respect for everyone that competed they are all living legends.

  2. Just Curious
    Just Curious says:

    Wouldn’t you compete if you built the most epic course in the world and your only chance to hit it was during the contest….

  3. OhioPassion
    OhioPassion says:

    woooahhhh never said i hated travis rice hes a boss, i just dont understand why he would compete in his own competition on a course he built when nobody else is even allowed practice runs.

  4. T raw
    T raw says:

    Hey ohiopassion.. Maybe because it looks fun as fuck and he loves and has a passion for snowboarding. You are the only one who cares about it

  5. Dicksquad
    Dicksquad says:

    @ohiopassion, we know your trolling but you think your the next @jermsmom or something but you’re really you’re just an annoying little cunt

  6. Rico
    Rico says:

    Im from ohio, and this kook has a strange passion for snowboarding. and why did they win funny lookin wieners?

  7. Real Talk
    Real Talk says:

    Absolutely love the fact that Bryan Fox got third, wearing the drink water hat, while happily using Red Bull money, helicopters, and publicity. Not to mention starring in movies every year sponsored by Monster.

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