Oakley's Sean Pettit Wins Red Bull Cold Rush At Retallack
The fourth annual Red Bull Cold Rush is all said and done at the legendary cat skiing operation that is Retallack, BC. Oakley’s Sean Pettit walked away the victor, while Oakley’s Grete Eliassen took second in the ladies division.
The third and final day of competition took place in the balls to the walls PME cliff zone, where the eleven men and three women in contention for the prestigious accolade of Red Bull Cold Rush champion gave it their all at the conclusion of a wild and iconic week that saw some seriously next level skiing go down.
Things got off to a bit of a slow start as the weather gods that blessed the first two days of this contest threw a brief monkey wrench into the proceedings via some pea soup thick fog. But once the heavens parted and the familiar yellow face of the sun finally shined through, the rambunctious skiers made the wait well worth it.
Memorable moments included Sean Pettit continuing to dominate the playing field with another gargantuan cork 3 off an apartment-building sized drop, Charley Ager outrunning his second no joke avalanche of the week off a cliff, Dash Longe once again seizing the day with a 180 off a 40 footer,
Dave Treadway, Richard Permin and Tanner Rainville flashing their respective lines like bolts of Canadian, French and American lightning, Bene Mayr sending it like nobody’s business with an attempted misty 7 on one of the biggest airs of the week, and perhaps the most exciting highlight of the
day, Suz Graham, who was the second skier to drop in, continuing to set the bar for both the women and men with a 60-foot front flip off the same drop Sean and Bene hit later in the day.
It was a jaw dropping way to cap off an awe inspiring week, and once Karl the Gnarl and his fellow cat drivers turned off the engines on their rigs and the always on point guides at Retallack had beers in hand after a job well done of keeping us all safe, the athletes sat down for the third time to judge each other’s performances.
“I feel amazing right now,” said Graham. “I was not expecting this at all, so I’m so psyched, because I just got a call last week asking if I was available to come to Cold Rush, and not in my wildest dreams did I expect to be in this position right now, so I couldn’t be more stoked.”
On the men’s side of things, also to no one’s shock and awe, Sean Pettit took home the 2010 Red Bull Cold Rush champion crown, with Dave Treadway, who skied consistently in every discipline, in second, while Dash Longe very deservingly rounded out the podium following his solid performance over the
last three days.
“I’ve never won anything in the freeski world,” said Longe. “This feels so good. I’m so happy I got the chance to compete here.”
“It’s so sick to be standing on a podium with Sean and Dash,” said Treadway. “I feel on top of the world right now.”
“I couldn’t be happier right now,” said Pettit. “I tried as hard as I could this week, and I was rooting for every one of these guys, and it just so happened to turn out like this way. I’m stoked all my friends voted for me, and for Treadway in second, because he obviously killed it, and Dash in third, because he skied like a true badass this week.”
1) Sean Pettit
2) Dave Treadway
3) Dash Longe
4) Riley Leboe
5) Richard Permin
6) Charley Ager
7) Ian Provo
8) Tanner Rainville
9) Bene Mayr
10) TJ Schiller
11) Sven Kueenle
1) Suz Graham
2) Grete Eliassen