GoPro Snow: Backcountry Madness with the Shred Bots in Canada
Venture deep into the British Columbia backcountry with the Shred Bots and bare witness to some of the wildest snowboard’n you’ll see this year. Torstein Horgmo, Anto Chamberlain, Craig McMorris, Matt Belzile and Werni Stock stomp some monstrous jumps and find plenty of pow in this GoPro Perspectives piece from the new Shred Bots film R3BOOT.
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Horgmo won a gold medal in Snowboard Big Air at the 2008 Winter X Games XII in Aspen, Colorado, after first beating Travis Rice in the finals, and Kevin Pearcein the semifinal. He also won gold in the slopestyle final at the 2009 Winter Dew Tour, beating Shaun White, who won the Slopestyle Final in Breckenridge, Colorado. At the 2009 Winter X Games XIII, Horgmo was defeated in Big Air by friend and teammate Travis Rice. This event trialed the text-voting system as the only judging system. The riders, including Rice himself, have stated that they do not believe that this voting system produces fair results, as nationality, popularity, and crowd appeal of the tricks can outweigh the technicality of the trick itself. Horgmo performed switch backside 1260’s, but was defeated by Rice’s backside double rodeo 1080.
In Dew Tour winter 2009/10 he took two first place victories over Shaun White in slopestyle.
In the summer of 2010 he was the first to land a triple cork (three off axis flips and four full rotations before coming back in contact with the ground) off a 100 ft jump in Folgefonna, Norway. In the Winter X Games XV Horgmo landed an attempt of the triple cork in competition in the Big Air finals on January 28, 2011, winning a gold medal over Sebastien Toutant.
Horgmo followed this up in January 2012 landing a true triple cork 1440 in the Winter X Games Big Air Final, scoring a perfect score of 50/50. This triple cork however was a backside spin instead of his previous frontside spin triple. Horgmo finished in second place, narrowly losing to Mark McMorris.
At the Winter X Games Aspen in January 2013, Horgmo was the first person ever to land a switch backside triple cork 1440 in competition, earning him a perfect score of 50/50 for the second year in a row and the gold medal in Big Air. In competitions following Horgmo was able to win slopestyle gold and silver in the Burton European and US Opens respectively. In the Burton US Open, Horgmo was the only rider to land a triple cork on the slopestyle course, but lost to Shredbots teammate Mark McMorris by a narrow margin.