The 2015 edition of Henrik Harlaut and Phil Casabon’s B&E Invitational went down yesterday. Twenty-four of the world’s best freeskiers dropped into the biggest skatepark style terrain park ever built (rider list here). The event offered a spectacular show for more than 5,000 spectators on site in Les Arcs, France, and the results were once again breathtaking.
The course at this year’s B&E Invitational surpassed all expectations. Harlaut, Casabon and the Les Arcs team put together a playground for all of the athletes to feast upon. The riders didn’t hold back as they took their creativity to the work of art, experimenting with multiple lines, transitions, transfers, rails, walls on the skate style course.
While each of the athletes killed it, at the end of the day a select few took home the glory. Spain’s Noah Albaladejo proved that he was the man to beat, taking home the Best Overall title as well as Best Trick. Phil Casabon was crowned with the Best Style award (because, duh), and Henrik Harlaut grabbed the People’s Choice award, based on more than 50,000 online votes.
On top of the epic display of skiing, Masta Killa, member of the celebrated rap group WuTang entertained the crowd with a halftime concert at the base of the venue. Also, DJ Kya Bamba backed up Masta Killa on the stage for the hour long set. Yes, it was awesome.
Cheers to Henrik Harlaut, Phil Casabon, the park crew at Les Arcs, Masta Killa and of course all of the athletes involved for putting on an epic show and furthering the possibilities of our sport. It’s safe to say that our entire industry is stoked for next year’s event.
WuTang is for da Children.
Note: Simon Ericsson is currently injured, he was replaced by Léo Taillefer and Candide Thovex had a last minute personal obligation and was replaced by Les Arcs local ripper Pierre Rougeot.