"I can feel it right there, every time," says Sammy Carlson, clicking in slow motion through the frames of a QuickTime video on his laptop. "I could just drop into another flat 3 as I come around; I think it'd be so easy."The flat 3 that Sammy wants to drop into would constitute the third flip in a trick that he's been dreaming of landing for much of this season — a triple cork 1440. If you're having trouble wrapping your head around three flips and four spins all at the same time, picture a double cork 1080 with an extra side flip at the end.
A twisting triple? I've never seen one of those before. Are you qualified to do that?
Well, I'm gonna do it.
Carlson was hot to land the new trick for the first time on a 100-foot stepover built by the Loon Mountain park crew at Snowboarder Magazine's Superpark last week in Mammoth Mountain, California. Wind gusts closed the feature early on the last day, before Sammy could bring his new trick to bear. They did not, however, cut Sammy off before he could thoroughly impress as the only skier sessioning the biggest jump at the traditionally snowboard-only event.
In its online Day 3 coverage, Snowboarder Magazine listed Carlson among the standouts.
The snowboard site SnowRev.com also highlighted Carlson's excellence at Superpark, and even acknowledged that he was, in fact, a skier. The site published a photo in which Carlson's equipment is clearly visible with the caption, "Sammy Carlson crushed this jump all day. I think he even did a double cork 1440."
Carlson did, in fact stomp a double cork 1440 that day, which puts him only one flip short of his conceived triple cork. Considering the hot streak that he is on, and the recent buzzsurrounding a possible triple from Carlson's contemporary Bobby Brown, you can bet that new triple is coming soon — qualified or not.