Words & Photos by Zack Barwin
Returning for its eighth year, Capitalize at the Clocktower continues to be one of
Ottawa’s biggest ski and snowboard events of the year. Each fall; skiers,
snowboarders, and fans gather at the Clocktower Brew Pub to celebrate Ottawa’s
love for snow.
Setup for the event starts days in advance with the scaffolding on order, the rails built, and the Half Cab
Productions crew out hunting local arena’s for snow. This year’s course
featured two down rails, as well as a butter box in between, allowing riders to
hit both rails from each side.
The almost one hundred riders are broken up into five heats of eleven male
snowboarders, two female snowboarders, and five skiers. The top two
snowboarders, top female, and top skier from each heat move onto the finals.
Riders are judges on overall impression based on style, consistency, and
technicality; Capitalize is not a best trick contest. Well-known athletes are
invited to compete, with a number of spots opening up to new comers each year.
The Half Cab Crew puts the finishing touches on the setup as riders wait to drop in
The Half Cab Girls getting the crowd stoked with a product toss
After an intense five rounds of qualifications, five riders moved onto the finals; Philippe Clairoux, Carlo Mion, Jessy Desjardins, Kevin Desjardins, and Seb Eaves.
3rd Place: Carlo Mion
2nd Place: Philippe Clairoux
1st Place: Seb Eaves
Special thanks to Craig McCallion and the crew at Half Cab Productions for putting on such an awesome event each year, as well as Tommy
& Lefebvre, Rossignol, and The Clocktower Brew Pub who have been supporting
the event all these years.
For more information on Capitalize at the Clocktower check out: http://halfcab.ca/