Check out the direction of competitive snowboarding by watching Peace Park. Presented by Mountain Dew and Burton, and the brain child of Danny Davis, Peace Park is an attempt to change the nature of competitions by building a park that demands creativity. Here’s a little backstory before you click play:
Somewhat disengaged from the competition scene, Danny Davis’s idea was to build a park that combines all the elements of terrain park riding and puts them in such a way that you could make a run at it. At it’s foundation the park is a half pipe, but built into the half pipe are rails, kickers, hips, spines wall-rides, and so on. The idea, then, is that you could have a competition that wasn’t just a pipe or slopestyle contest, but an everything-tied-up-into-one contest. The rider could hit a kicker, then a rail, then a hip into the half pipe, to a wall…or whatever – hence the idea of injecting creativity into competition riding.
Now, admittedly the video doesn’t showcase any line as insane as you might be thinking – actually there aren’t really any lines at all. But this video is a good watch not for any insane tricks. It’s a good watch because the park they built is insane, and really gives a interesting glimpse into the future of competition riding. In particular, if this kind of park could be built at training facilities and then featured at competitions, I could see some insane doubles snowboarding or even team competitions, where you have multiple riders throwing tricks at the same time, overtop of one another, on opposite sides of the pipe, or whatever.
So take a break, and peep the direction of competitive snowboarding by checking out Danny Davis’s Peace Park. And then if you’re hungry for a more in-depth look at Danny Davis’s thoughts on competitive snowboarding and the upcoming Sochi Olympics, check out this X-Games article on Danny Davis and Progression.