Continuing to push the progression in transition riding, Oakley Ski Apparel Team Athlete, Simon Dumont set the ski QuarterPipe World Record air at 35 feet this past Friday. At his home ski resort of Sunday River in Bethel, Maine Simon tackled the largest scaled QuarterPipe at 38’ High and 78’ Wide.
Although Snow Park Technologies has built countless QuarterPipes over the years, this was the first one developed specifically for both a single athlete and the Guinness Book. “Building a QuarterPipe for just one athlete exactly the way he wants it is unique for us,” says SPT’s Corley Howard. “I’m super excited to be a part of this project … after seeing Simon get huge air in the Halfpipe at the Winter X Games, we were hoping he’d go for the record.” After two days of framing the QuarterpPpe with a snowcat, and three days of precisely hand shaping the 38-foot wall from the top down, Howard along with fellow SPT builder Jeremy Carpenter had done all they could do. It was time for Simon to get to work.
The project began Tuesday morning when Dumont arrived on site directly off a flight from Sweden. Simon began hitting the QuarterPipe in the early afternoon when he reached heights of 28 feet, before drifting in the air and falling nearly 66 feet onto the snow below. Dumont’s hard impact landing caused him to bruise his heel and aggravate an existing knee injury. After seeing the doctor, Simon returned to the hill on Wednesday, but was plagued by his injuries and was forced to recuperate for the rest of the day. Thursday was disrupted by high winds forcing the entire staff to delay their flights in order to provide Simon with one more opportunity to attempt the World Record.
So on Friday at 9am Simon showed up with his game face on and was ready for his final attempts. After an hour of repeatedly hitting the QuarterPipe, at 10:12am EST Dumont hiked an additional 15 feet up the hill to gain more speed. Simon crouched into a tucked position going 55 mph down the in-run and not only launched 35 feet into the air, but spun a corked 900 tail grab in the process.
“I wasn’t sure how this would all go down today with the wind and some healing injuries I’ve been nursing,” says Dumont. “As I was dropping down the hill into the run-in it just hit me that this would be it – the rest is history.”
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