Will Wesson and filmer Jonny Durst made history last week when they took home gold in Real Ski 2016, ESPN X Games’ inaugural urban freeskiing contest.
JF Houle and filmer Paul Bergeron earned second with an edit that had “a lot of ‘wow factor,” as one judge said, while Clayon Vila and Jameson Walter took home third. After voting closed on Sunday, Tom Wallisch was announced as the video contest’s fan favorite.
“Every video had a shot that’s one of the best shots that’s ever been filmed,” one judge said of the 90-second edits that the world’s six best street skiers submitted for the contest. But in the end, Wesson, a Salt Lake City, Utah-based Level 1 athlete and 2009 Powder Awards “Best Jib” winner, stood out.
“I like to think of it as freeskiing,” Wesson said during an X Games Real Ski television special. “So there’s no rules. You see something think for a while maybe even for a coupe of years you look at a picture and come up with a way to do something you think is entertaining and cool. If other people like it, great, if they don’t, you’re still doing what you wanted to do.”
Next up in the X Games universe are the events in Oslo, February 24-28, which will feature big air, slopestyle, and pipe events.