13th Annual Big Air Contest!

The big air contest was held at the Parade Grounds today and from my perspective it was a smashing success!

After yesterday’s downpour, it was a real treat for everyone to have perfect weather for the Big Air today.  It rained all day yesterday, nearly.  But today was another story, as you can see from the photos.

 IMG_2317Here’s a picture of Riley Nye (sp?) getting some good air.  I was quite impressed with the beginner division this year.  They had only the beginner’s division this year (or whatever it’s called) since the ramp and jump were so small that it was hard for them to really build up much speed. But it was fun nonetheless.  The Nye’s were here from Juneau serving up hot dogs from their grill, someone was playing some nice music, the sun came out and shown with a “whole in the sky, right over the jump,” as Luck Dunbar put it.

Holding the competition right here in town really added a lot, as the crowd was quite diverse and people were able to simply walk to it, instead of making the 1.5 hour drive up into Canada. 

IMG_2524 Another impressive individual to see in the race was Sean Asquith (in the blue helmet at right) who was in competition with his son Quinn.  I think he’s older than I am, and while he is a surfer and has great balance, it was still impressive to see someone of his age out there trying a sport that I think of as a bit risky and dare-devilish.

I was also really impressed by the 6 year old that jumped, Carver.  He did a great job on his skis and seemed to really know his IMG_2180 croppedway around on them.  My one regret in shooting the even is that I did not have a one-size-fits-all-super-zoom type of lens.  I could have seriously used an 18-200mm el-cheapo consumer lens with a maximum aperture of f/5.6.  I did not bring my longer telephoto lenses to the event and just shot with my 17-55 and 10-22mm.  Often in  bright snowy events, there is no need for expensive glass, just a light-weight high ratio zoom is plenty.

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