Last weekend I was up at Whistler to shoot the initial full-size testing of the Katal Innovations Landing Pad - essentially, an inflatable landing for snowsport jumps that's designed to simulate the feeling of a powder landing, providing a large, soft and safe landing on even the largest and most intimidating of park jumps.
I was only able to stay for the first day of testing, so everyone was taking it kinda easy as they got a feel for the landing, but if you watch the video after the jump you'll see what went down on day 2 and 3, once everyone was comforatble with the setup...
"We're there, like, really there. We were hitting this thing full speed, a legit sized jump... double flips, spins, real crashes, real knuckles; like, knuckle, full on with your head. So, yeah. It worked." -Kevin Sansalone
By all accounts, the three day session was a huge success. Riders hucked double flips and big spins, some stomping the landing and riding away clean, while others went neck first into the knuckle, an impact that would have potentially severe consequences on a regular booter. Because the Landing Pad allows the rider to continue their forward momentum upon landing, dangerous and difficult tricks can be learned and practiced safely on the pad, before being taken to competition.