Nothing like an epic Utah sunrise to start the finals right.
Get to the choppa!
Even God made an appearance to check out what's up.
Don't worry, Satan was kicking around too.
Vanderham with Rocky team manager Peter Vallance. Shit is about to get serious.
Semenuk fueling up for the fight.
Brett Rheeder warming up the gap...
...and the QP.
Gully, coming in hot turkey for thanksgiving back home in BC.
Soderstrom, bringing the Euro steez.
Sorge, had BIG plans for the finals.
With the warm up finished, it was time for the rider meeting.
Gully, showing the photogs where he's going to be sending it.
Videographers and their furry mics.
Cam McCaul and Strait, part of the American contingency.
Semenuk, lining it up.
Scott Markewitz...two cameras. One for each eye. What!?
Semenuk hitting his canyon drop. One week, seven dudes, a shitload of sandbags, a ton of sweat...all coming down to this moment.
Antoine Bizet, one of three dudes to ride this chute line from the top. He started falling just below the wall, and ended up tomahawking for a good bit. Had he fallen farther, he wouldn't be holding up his hands in the air to let us know he's ok.
Vanderham, stepping it up.
Vallance, not even able to look at Thomas's run coming down.
Wil White, solid on both runs.
Andreu Lacondeguy, fearless off the the Oakley sender.
Soderstrom, tweeking it to the moon.
Cam McCaul has some big balls sending the canyon gap after seeing Cam Zink's crash off of it the evening before.
I counted twenty-one frames with my camera shooting this sequence of Kyle Strait's massive no hander...two more than Cam's canyon gap.
James Doerfling crashed off the hit just before this, taking him out of contention for the podium. You done good bro.
The Claw's three attempt off his last hit. So close.
Logan Bingelli, the only man riding this year's event with a 650b bike. The times, they are a changin'.
Vanderham had two solid runs, but it just wasn't enough to podium. Eighth place this time around.
Lacondeguy going huge off the wooden step up.
Wil White, making easy work of the wooden gap to quarter.
Pierre Edouard Ferry had the coolest accent of all the riders. Too bad it wasn't enough to place on the podium.