The Vans Hi-Standard Series took over the world-class terrain park at Park City, Utah last Saturday, February 27th, against incredible scenery and a local showing that brought out some of the most creative airs of the series so far. When style is everything and the only rule is that you can’t spin more than a 720, you have to go deep into your back of tricks or learn new ones fast. The VHSTD series is truly unlike any other contest in the world.
“It was a pleasure to watch—kids were getting way more creative,” says Vans Pro Griffin Siebert, who along with teammates Merrick Joyce and Parker Szumowski, were running laps and helping give out some of the $2,500 in cash up for grabs in mostly $5-bills for the day’s many jam formats. With two different jump takeoffs— a 25 and 45-footer—it opened the door for progression and style for almost everyone.
“Instead of trying to spin more, they were trying crazy grabs with 180s and 360s,” adds Siebert. “It was really refreshing to watch kids doing different stuff than your average chuck fest of a big air. The environment was way more fun and less serious than a normal competition.”