On February 11, 2011 more than 3,000 Floridians witnessed history as snow fell in the Sunshine State at Waterfront Commons in downtown West Palm Beach. It was all part of the snowboard competition Red Bull Butter Cup.
The scene was set. Palm trees, yachts, and a snow covered ramp with local boarders busting out their best tricks. In its third year, this is the first stop in the state of Florida. While the powder may not have actually fallen from the sky, 30 tons of shredded ice was brought in to lay down a ski mountain snap-shot in the heart of this sunny paradise.
“It was a lot of fun,” said Pro division winner, Cody Ehlert. “I never thought I’d be in a snowboard competition in West Palm Beach. Let alone win it!” Following behind Cody was John Sinchok in second place and Damon Thompson in third.
Winners were also chosen in the Amateur division and awards were given to Best Trick and Best Female rider. Contestants competed in a jam format and were judged on overall style, technique and creativity. Only trick sequences that included “buttering” counted.
Let There Be Snow
Red Bull Butter Cup is a snowboard contest series that showcases creativity in technical flatland trickery. Born in the northeast in 2009 and expanded in 2010, it's all about going back to the basics of what made us all fall in love with shredding in the first place: FUN! The series invites riders of all types to cut loose, and spread it on.
Upcoming Red Bull Butter Cup Locations
- Loon, NH
- Big Boulder, PA
- Holiday Valley, NY
- Angel Fire, NM
- Northstar-at-Tahoe, CA
- Sierra-at-Tahoe, CA
Visit www.redbullusa.com/buttercup for more information on the series and upcoming stops.