Building a winning line here at Red Bull Rampage – and building a line that is going to get you off the mountain safely, can be a bit of an oxymoron. In past years riders have sketched in their own lines between existing features, but now they build their lines top to bottom and have more freedom to express their own personal visions. Geoff Gulevich competed at Rampage for five years and has been a judge for the last two – “You need to build a line that you can find some sort of comfort in riding, but at the same time be able to push it. And that’s definitely on a different scale for every athlete here. Everybody has something unique to bring to the table and there’s more that one way to skin a cat.” And he’s right; at the end of the day what person throws down here in finals is completely unique to the individual, so we talked to a few of them about finding that tricky balance between comfort and winning.