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yeah good call. glad to see some appreciation for candide. thinking about what he's been through over the last year or 2, after i'd finished watching candidekamera 1 i was so stoked- far more stoked than any ski vid before has ever made me. fuck me he absolutely killed it.
definately russ henshaw had a massive year- probably the best double flipper out there, double grabs in dubflips is pretty nuts- he really blew up for sure.
i think pk also went nuts- he won JOI a few years back and then had that real bad injury- and then he comes back with that ridiculous late/double cork which almost made me cry [no emo] in london, a trick that so many other pros have been working on imitating all season. so sick. his dub12 and swdub12 in x games big air were just absurdly sick, and the resigned rage that overcame me when he didn't win was a reflection of this.
i think if i had to pick 1 guy (maybe 2) i would have to go with xavier bertoni and kevin rolland. i was so pleased that xav won x pipe, not just because of his flawless, technical, massive tricks, but also because by winning he really put a shit on espn and their boring as fuck tanner vs. simon bullshit that we've had to sit through year on year. the other thing i really liked about xav at x was that each of his pipe runs was different- stomped sw10 to 10, and that wasn't even his best run. left and right 12s? insane. kevin was unlucky at x, not quite landing his run but if he had (last hit) then he woulda podiumed for sure- being able to maintain the amplitude in the pipe to throw a dubflip last hit is nuts, especially in a run that had a 12 in also- in france he actually threw 2 dubs in one run.
also, dorey had a great year in pipe, obviously, and so did matt philippi- his run at euro open was sick. all in all i'm pretty stoked about the ridiculous progression in pipe and there are so many excellent riders in the field that i'm pretty confident i'm never gonna have to sit through another tanner vs. simon espn narcolepsy-fest again.