Teva burst on to the MTB seen last year with the Links and Pinner shoes and haven’t been sleeping at all. A killer international team is backed up here in New Zealand by a number of rippers, one of which is none other than multiple Spoke cover dude, Kelly “McMassive” McGarry. Well Kelly, trail builder extraordinaire Tom Hey and Teva are joining forces to bring us New Zealand’s first ever slopestyle comp! Full press release below. Oh all the photos are from the last year’s Teva Games in Vail and I’m pretty positve that Kelly and Tom will be able to bring us an even better course!
With the great summer that Queenstown has been having, the Teva crew decided they really needed to get a piece of that action. So when we saw that the team at Southern Traverse were putting on a massive Bike Festival in April a universal yell of “JUNKET!” was screamed and plans were hatched for the inaugural Teva Slopestyle competition.
With our overtly enthusiastic Teva teamrider, Kelly McGarry, and his good mate Tom Hey (Queenstown Bike Club President) already on the ground in Queenstown we knew it wouldn’t be hard to put together a world class jump line. Kelly and Tom will be designing and building five hits constructed from a mix of wood and dirt, which is likely to include quarterpipes, flat walls, big hits, step-ups, step-downs and a unique finishing feature for the Teva Best Trick finale. We’re also exploring the idea of a shark / crocodile pit but expect issues with the OSH guys.
The cap is currently being passed around the office to see how much prize money we can pull together but rest assured it will be big enough to get people putting their bodies, if not lives, on the line and we’ll release details of the prize pool very soon.
Expect backflips, whips, can cans, supermans and more than enough of “what the hell was that?” as the competitors go head to head trying to win enough money to buy the bar for the Teva After Party.
This is an open event for both local and international competitors so potentially this is great chance to stand next to your hero on the roll in and tell them how good you are!