GoPro Mountain Games: Vail Colorado

Jun 10, 2013
by Dave Trumpore  
 
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2013 GoPro Mountain Games in Vail CO
  Beautiful Vail, Colorado, played host to this year's GoPro Mountain Games.

2013 GoPro Mountain Games in Vail CO

2013 GoPro Mountain Games in Vail CO
2013 GoPro Mountain Games in Vail CO
2013 GoPro Mountain Games in Vail CO
  Riders were greeted with an excellent slopestyle course that was well maintained throughout the competition and was complete with mulitiple lines, and transfers as well as a choice between wooden ramps and classic dirt jumps.

2013 GoPro Mountain Games in Vail CO
  Practice got underway mid afternoon with the weather holding out for the most part with the biggest issue being intermittent wind that is par for the course high in the Rocky Mountains.

2013 GoPro Mountain Games in Vail CO

2013 GoPro Mountain Games in Vail CO
  Steve Bafus has a unique and creative style, interpreting the course in his own way.

2013 GoPro Mountain Games in Vail CO

2013 GoPro Mountain Games in Vail CO

2013 GoPro Mountain Games in Vail CO

2013 GoPro Mountain Games in Vail CO
  Seeing as GoPro was the title sponsor of this year's Mountain Games there was no short supply of "the world's most versatile camera". GoPros could be seen on everything from the traditional stick to cable cam's and steady cams.

2013 GoPro Mountain Games in Vail CO

2013 GoPro Mountain Games in Vail CO

2013 GoPro Mountain Games in Vail CO
  Towards the end of open practice a quick storm did roll in, and while most riders had the course down by this point a few made the most of the rain and carried on trying to get their runs dialed before qualifying.

2013 GoPro Mountain Games in Vail CO

2013 GoPro Mountain Games in Vail CO
  One feature that had many riders scratching their heads was the open loop. only a handful even eattempted it, and of those, only about three rode it out clean.

2013 GoPro Mountain Games in Vail CO

2013 GoPro Mountain Games in Vail CO
  Eric Johnson was one of those few who found consistency on the loop and nailed it almost every time

2013 GoPro Mountain Games in Vail CO
  Even freeride pioneer, Aaron Chase gave it a go a few times, but couldn't find the consistency to go for it during the runs that counted.

2013 GoPro Mountain Games in Vail CO
  GoPro pulled out all the stops and kicked off finals in style by sending in their GoPro Bomb Squad to get the crowd warmed up. Between passing storms and gusty wind it was no small task dropping into the course and they definitely came in a bit hot.

2013 GoPro Mountain Games in Vail CO
  Number 1 qualifier with was Adam Hauck, though despite two solid and stylish runs he could not back up that result in the final.

2013 GoPro Mountain Games in Vail CO

2013 GoPro Mountain Games in Vail CO
  Anthony Messere made the trip to Vail and he brought his usual style of BLASTING bigger than everyone else.

2013 GoPro Mountain Games in Vail CO
  Unfortunately he would have a massive and scary crash on his first run after over rotating a front flip on the final jump. A bit shaken but ok, he would take a second run and end up 5th on the day.

2013 GoPro Mountain Games in Vail CO

2013 GoPro Mountain Games in Vail CO
  Specialized rider Mike Montgomery is healthy again and going huge.

2013 GoPro Mountain Games in Vail CO
  This transfer was huge and took him from one side of the track to the other (note: In his final run he through in a tailwhip over this gap)

2013 GoPro Mountain Games in Vail CO

2013 GoPro Mountain Games in Vail CO

2013 GoPro Mountain Games in Vail CO
  Mike Montgomery would take home 2nd place

2013 GoPro Mountain Games in Vail CO
  But it was all about Brayden Barret-Hay at this year's GoPro Mountain Games. Smooth and stylish runs back to back earned him the top spot and $4000.

2013 GoPro Mountain Games in Vail CO

2013 GoPro Mountain Games in Vail CO

2013 GoPro Mountain Games in Vail CO
Thanks Vail and Thanks GoPro for hosting such and awesome event... See ya next year.
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26 Comments

  • + 68
 Mikes transfer... Damn.
  • + 18
 K-DUB is back??? oh sorry wrong sport
  • + 1
 11 picture looks like hes running on the side hill... cannot be unseen!
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  • + 11
 You've got some great photos in here. Thanks for sharing!
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  • + 3
 Steve Bafus really has an amazing style on his bike ! Looks 80s. And I can't wait to see all those GoPros vids !
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  • + 4
 I really want a go pro video of this!
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  • + 3
 Mr. Brayden Barret-Hay!!!!!!!!!!! So stoked
  • + 1
 brayden kills it
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  • + 2
 Killer job on the photos Dave! Looked like an awesome time.
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  • + 3
 Needs more skinny jeans
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  • + 2
 moving Pictures please !!!
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  • + 1
 If you look closely in the picture of Adam Hauck it looks like he smashed his nose on his bars.
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  • + 2
 Awesome photos Dave. Spot on, every shot!!
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  • + 1
 Two pictures of my buddy kurtis downs! thats sweet!
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  • + 1
 Props on the pics!
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  • + 1
 Radtastical!!
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