Red Bull Double Pipe: From Three Perspectives

A landmark snowboarding event captured from the perspective of a photographer, judge and a rider.
By Nate Hoppes

This past week was more than a contest; it was a moment in snowboarding that has potential to shape the future of halfpipe contests.

Sure, dual superpipes won't be a staple at your local mountain, but there's no doubt, the riders, the industry and the fans will eventually get bored with just one.

What we know happened; Taylor Gold won the contest, SPT built perfect side-by-side superpipes, and it only took Greg Bretz two laps to dial in the transfer.

What we didn't see is how this landmark event impacted the mindset of three key players involved in making this event successful.

For the photographer this contest posed a different type of challenge. Shooting one pipe can be difficult enough, by how do you capture two? Similar to the athlete, there was a strong level of uncertainty rolling up to the pipe the first day of practice.

The beauty of the situation allowed for the right level of creativity, with each shot being unique.

For the judge, Double Pipe was an opportunity to stray from the stale scoring system of a traditional halfpipe contest. With the freedom to score creativity higher than double corks, this event proved to be a breath of fresh air.

For the rider, the contest was intended to create a laid back environment allowing them to focus on the progression element of snowboarding. The riders became a part of the build process from day one. The glory of side-by-side pipes means nothing if the riders couldn't ride it.

Watch the full event highlights on NBC as part of the Red Bull Signature Series on Saturday, April 12 at 2:00 p.m. ET/11:00 a.m. PT.

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