An 11-year-long partnership came to an end this week, as Tanner Hall and Red Bull have parted ways. Tanner broke the news via Twitter/Instagram, writing “After 11 years of hard work for Red Bull and everything I have done and been through the[y] decided to drop me last night.” The statement was accompanied by a photograph of Tanner’s helmet, sans Red Bull branding.
Tanner practicing for the qualifying round of WXG 2010. Photo by Shay Williams.
Red Bull also published a statement this morning, noting “After 11 remarkable years together, Red Bull and Tanner Hall have decided to part ways. Red Bull would like to thank Tanner for his achievements including multiple gold medals, a slew of amazing video parts and countless awards and accolades. We wish Tanner the best of luck in all his future endeavors.”
Freeskier caught up with Tanner’s agent, Tom Yaps, who had this to say about the split:
“It’s always hard when a sponsor-athlete relationship ends, and it is especially hard when it is one that has been as long and successful as the Tanner—Red Bull relationship. That said, we are all in agreement that this is the best possible move for Tanner at this time. He is healthy and motivated and working as hard as ever, and will be a force on the competition circuit this winter. We’re actively speaking with potential new partners in the beverage category and with other non-endemic brands.”
Hall is currently stationed in New Zealand, where he’s slated to compete in The North Face Freeski Open later this week.