In one of the coolest Big Air competition formats in 2017 so far, the FIS Snowboard World Cup headed over to Quebec City for a massive urban big air jump setup!
Among the coolest FIS Snowboard World Cup competitions so far during the 2017 season, the Men’s Big Air contest at Quebec City utilized an urban environment to host the event. Quebec City is already a highly vibrant, prosperous, and enjoyable city, and when you add into the mix the amazing big air jump format, this was an extremely entertaining event. Similar to other major snowboarding events such as Shaun White’s Air & Style contests, the FIS Snowboard World Cup Men’s Big Air event at Quebec City utilized the construction of a massive metal-framed big air jump design.
This huge artificial jump setup allowed for the FIS event planners and administrators to bring the mountain to the middle of the city, and show people who otherwise wouldn’t come out to an FIS event at a mountain resort the amazing spectacle of professional big air snowboarding. In addition to easier access for larger crowds of fans and spectators, the men’s big air competition at Quebec City also offered a major advantage for competitors as well. This advantage has to do with the uniformity of an artificial big air jump, since an artificial jump can have all of it’s angles, launch and landing geometry, and surface consistency all carefully monitored and controlled during the event.
This is different from a big mountain event, where the surfacing and jump geometry can only be controlled to a certain imperfect degree. At the same time, a drawback of using an artificial ramp for a big air contest can sometimes be that the artificial landing surface has the potential for being less forgiving than a natural snow base-surface. The native Canadian FIS Snowboard World Cup athletes did quite well on their home turf, with the contest winner and second place runner-up finisher both being Canadian professional snowboarders.
In fact, the first place winner at this big air competition was Canadian snowboarding professional Mark McMorris, who had a fantastic run at this contest considering that he was able to win it all by almost five whole points. The Norwegian athletes also had a good run at this big air competition, given that they were able to field two of their athletes in the top ten at this contest. This is definitely an event that snowboarding fans will want to catch up on, and for the benefit of anyone interested, the final results and summary from this big air contest at Quebec City will be presented here now.
1st Place – Mark McMorris – Canada:
Taking first place at this monumental 2017 FIS Snowboard World Cup Men’s Big Air competition at Quebec City, Canadian snowboarding professional Mark McMorris secured himself yet another major contest finish. McMorris is already a well established professional within the FIS Snowboard World Cup league, and his statistical record definitely speaks for itself. Out of a total of only ten FIS World Cup contest starts, McMorris has already secured an outstanding six podium finishes, and three first place victories.
He even has one FIS Championship series victory, which is pretty amazing for somebody who only has ten contest starts in his FIS stats record. In addition to Mark’s phenomenal FIS Snowboard World Cup record to date, he also has an Olympic games event start under his belt as well, and even an Olympic medal. With all that in mind, it is clear that Mark McMorris is among the best of the best within the world of professional snowboarding, and he certainly brought that talent to the big air competition at Quebec City.
Clearly, looking at Mark’s stats and his prowess as a snowboarder, it is obvious that he is someone who is skilled in virtually every aspect of freestyle snowboarding involving halfpipe, big air, slopestyle, and more. While many other snowboarders competing at this skill level will often specialize into one category, part of Mark’s success has a lot to do with his ability to thrive in multiple contest variations. Competing on his native turf in the Canadian home land, Mark was throwing all kinds of insane flips and grab combinations off the massive artificial big air jump setup built right in the city. He was visibly comfortable on this jump setup, which was made apparent by the wide range of tricks he felt comfortable with throwing from this relatively confined jump and landing orientation.
Including multiple double cork variations, a rodeo-plus-grab combination, and a handful of straight-axis flips, Mark’s repertoire was well on display at the 2017 FIS Snowboard World Cup Men’s Big Air contest at Quebec City, Canada. Mark was able to finish out the competition with a final scoring value of 189.50 points, which put him very close to a towering five whole points ahead of the second place runner-up contest finisher. McMorris was competing at this event with a bib number of three, and his first place victory earned him a large World Cup points award package consisting of 1000.00 WC points altogether.
2nd Place – Max Parrot – Canada:
Another really prominent figure in the FIS Snowboard World Cup is yet one more Canadian athlete named Max Parrot, and it was Max who managed to secure the second place runner-up podium finish at this big air competition. Max Parrot is the kind of snowboarder who really thrives in the big air format, and he seems to really enjoy this contest format since it offers the chance to push the envelope of what tricks, grabs, and flips that people are accustomed to seeing from a big air launch.
A perfect example of how Max Parrot consistently pushes the limits of what is possible in a big air, slopestyle, or halfpipe format where big launches are part of the game was his execution of the first ever Backside Triple Cork in an X Games competitive format back in 2013. That event in the X Games professional snowboarding series, when Max was able to successfully throw a Backside Triple Cork, went down as one of the coolest moments in recent pro snowboarding history.
Additionally, Max has also established a successful landing of a trick that many people thought was not even possible, which was a Switch Quadruple back in 2015. As if that isn’t enough to make people realize the superstar level that Max Parrot has achieved for himself in the world of professional snowboarding, then considering his general stats should do the trick. Max Parrot currently has a total of nineteen FIS World Cup contest starts, and of those nineteen starts he has secured nine podium finishes, and an astonishing five major FIS World Cup victories as well. With that record alone, it is more than obvious that Max Parrot is a genuine mainstay in the world of international professional snowboarding.
With regard to Max Parrot’s performance at the 2017 FIS Snowboard World Cup Men’s Big Air event at Quebec City, Canada, he managed to pull off a remarkably high score that put him an incredible ten whole points above the third place podium finisher. Max was competing with a bib number of one at this event, and his nearly flawless array of different off-axis and straight-axis flips, grabs, and other tricks earned him a total of 184.75 points overall. In terms of his FIS World Cup points award package that he received as a result of securing the second place finish, Max Parrot earned a substantial 800.00 WC points when it was all said and done in Quebec City.
3rd Place – Anton Mamaev – Russia:
Helping to get Russia onto the podium at the 2017 FIS Snowboard World Cup Men’s Big Air competition at Quebec City, Canada, Anton Mamaev finished out the event in third place. Achieving the third place podium position was no small feat with a competitive field as robust as it was here in Quebec City for this 2017 big air event, and in fact Anton only made the podium by a scoring margin of one point. In this way, Anton Mamaev’s third place finish at Quebec City was an important milestone in his career since it added his first major podium finish to his overall stats and rankings profile.
Out of a total of nine FIS World Cup contest starts, Anton Mamaev now has one podium finish under his belt and this has definitely bolstered his presence and rankings within the FIS Snowboard World Cup. So far as Anton Mamaev continues to build his career in professional snowboarding, he seems to have confined himself to the big air competition format where apparently he feels most comfortable and competitive. Since joining with the FIS Snowboard World Cup in 2016, Anton is making big strides, especially now after this third place podium finish at Quebec City.
All of his nine FIS World Cup contest starts so far have been only big air competitions, and in this way we might be witnessing the beginning of a new star in the big air snowboarding format. Anton was performing in a fearless, almost aggressive way at the big air event at Quebec City, and he is obviously very hungry for success in his professional snowboarding career. While he clearly has the hunger to succeed in this arena, his cavalier approach is paying off in many ways, but there is also the risk that his hunger for success might drive him to throw caution to the wind and take on too much exposure to injury by continuously striving to push the limits of what is possible in the big air contest variety.
We can only hope that Anton continues to temper his approach to professional big air snowboarding, so that he can enjoy longevity in his career and not end up reaching too far in trying to innovate, to the point that he overexposes himself and has an injury. Perhaps not entirely surprising, one of Anton Mamaev’s best contest performances to date since joining up with the FIS Snowboard World Cup took place in his home country of Russia. He managed to finish in the top ten, in ninth place, at a major World Cup big air competition in Moscow, Russia.
Competing with a bib number of twenty-six at the 2017 FIS Snowboard World Cup Men’s Big Air contest at Quebec City, Canada, Anton Mamaev was able to finish the event with a final scoring total of 174.75 points all around. As was previously covered, Anton’s podium placement at this event was quite precarious considering there was only a one point scoring margin between himself and the fourth place finisher, a Norwegian snowboarding professional named Torgeir Bergrem. Simply making the podium was a major step for Anton Mamaev, but in addition to that high ranked finish, he also earned a large FIS World Cup points package that is going to massively boost his rankings within the FIS professional snowboarding league. Mamaev’s World Cup points award for taking third place rolled out to 600.00 points in total, serving as a huge momentum boost for his career in the 2017 FIS competitive season.