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post #1 of 14
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insanity, but also pretty cool.....

San Francisco Street Turning into Big Air Venue
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SkiPresse Daily News

July 29, 2005

San Francisco, (Ski Press) Fillmore Street, one of San Francisco’s steepest streets will be turned into a massive urban ski jump on Saturday August 27th, between 11 am and 5 pm, as 20 top skiers and riders compete for over $100,000 in cash and prizes in the inaugural ICER AIR 2005 big air event.

More than 12,000 cubic feet of snow will be used to create the jump and launch athletes over distances of up to 70 feet, and to heights reaching 20 feet in the air. The ski jump will cover 800 downhill feet on Fillmore Street, between Broadway and Green Streets, with spectacular views of the San Francisco Bay, Alcatraz, and the Golden Gate Bridge.

The big-air invitational features some of the most talented athletes on the mountain today. Athletes include: Jimi Tomer, Kurt Wastell, Andreas Wiig, JJ Thomas, Ali Goulet, Aaron Biittner, Darrell Mathes, John Jackson, Marc Frank Montoya, Kye Petersen, TJ Schiller, Simon Dumont, Rory Silva, Eric Pollard, CR Johnson, Sean Field, Mickael Deschenaux, Grete Eliassen, Candide Thovex and Jon Olsson.

“We are excited and proud to be hosting what we hope to be the first of many ICER events that bring together urban and athletic communities,” said Arne Morkemo, ICER spokesperson. “Given its incredibly steep streets and spectacular views, San Francisco is the ideal city to host the inaugural big-air competition.”

ICER AIR 2005: Inaugural Urban Big-Air Competition
by Press Release



Twenty Pro Athletes To Compete on One of the Steepest Streets In San Francisco For Over $100,000 in Cash and Prizes

WHAT: ICER AIR 2005 is a big-air ski and snowboard competition held on one of the steepest streets of San Francisco. An 800-foot ski jump course will be constructed on Fillmore Street and covered with 12,000 cubic feet of snow for the first-of-its-kind urban ski event. Olympic ski champion Jonny Moseley will host the event.

The athletes, 10 pro-skiers & 10 pro-snowboarders, will clear an entire city block over the Vallejo Street intersection to the landing area on Fillmore Street between Vallejo and Green Streets. Ideal jumps will have the riders cover over 60 feet and up to heights of 20 feet above street level.

Athletes will be competing for over $100,000 in cash and prizes. Charity partners for ICER AIR 2005 are Boarding for Breast Cancer and CHARITYSMITH.

Athletes will include: Jimi Tomer, Kurt Wastell, Andreas Wiig, JJ Thomas, Ali Goulet, Aaron Biittner, Darrell Mathes, John Jackson, Marc Frank Montoya, Kye Petersen, TJ Schiller, Simon Dumont, Rory Silva, Eric Pollard, CR Johnson, Sean Field, Mickael Deschenaux, Grete Eliassen, and Jon Olsson

Additional expected attendees include Olympic medalist, Jonny Moseley, extreme skier Glen Plake, Kent Kreitler, snowboarding legend Shawn Palmer, Skogen Sprang, free skiing icon Shane McConkey, and many more...
WHEN: Saturday, August 27, 2005
Practice and Exhibition at 11am, Pro Round I at 1 p.m.; Pro Round 2 at 2 p.m.; Finals at 3.30 p.m. ~ Awards Ceremony & Charity Event at 5 p.m.

WHERE: Fillmore Street between Broadway and Green Streets in the heart of Pacific Heights.

* First-of-its-kind event in San Francisco
* Athletes clearing an entire city block via an 800-foot ski/snowboard jump
* Scenic jump location in the heart of San Francisco's picturesque Pacific Heights with views of the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco Bay and Alcatraz
* Interviews with pro-athletes participating in event
* Interviews with Olympic medalist and host, Jonny Moseley
* Interviews, photo opportunities with celebrity judges and attendees
* Charity event for underprivileged children

TICKETS: The event is open to the public and admission is free.
post #2 of 14
sounds like a blast! I wonder if and who will televise it???
post #3 of 14
Nice! I certainly hope they work out the lateral distances well... I hope no one gets hurt!
post #4 of 14
I certainly will be there. Any bears going to compete?
post #5 of 14
Sounds pretty sweet, wish I was free to check it out.
post #6 of 14
Yep that would be the sh&*.

post #7 of 14
Why is Kye Peterson on that list...
post #8 of 14
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post #9 of 14
SEE YOU THERE, should be a fun Sat gig!
post #10 of 14
I think the bride complaining is pretty funny, actually. Just think of the stories they'll be able to tell for the rest of their lives. "I said 'I do' just as some guy launched a twisting 720, and nobody could hear it over the crowd noise!" Their special day will be completely unique, guaranteed...

The martini garden in front of the monastery does sound over the line, though; good thing they cancelled that part.
post #11 of 14
I didn't see Tanner Hall's name on the list. He must be taking the summer off.
post #12 of 14
t- hall had an injury in like april and hasnt been skiin (at least he wasnt skiin at the camps) that mite be the reason
post #13 of 14
San Francisco Chronicle
Monday, August 22, 2005

Suddenly, eminent domain is a big deal again. Ever since the Supreme Court ruled, in Kelo vs. City of New London, that a governmental entity could condemn and then destroy people's homes in order to make way for a shopping mall, a wide variety of organizations, from advocates for low-income housing to property rights groups, have said, "Wait a minute; can they do that?"

Eminent domain has been around for a long time, and it has often been useful and necessary. Roads and schools get built through the judicious use of eminent domain, and roads and schools are good things. But also it's been used for not so wonderful things, like when the city of Los Angeles booted a whole bunch of Mexican American families from their homes to build the Dodgers a ballpark. Yup: Chavez Ravine used to be a neighborhood.

A shopping mall seems to be a similar proposition, a commercial concern that does not really deserve the same sort of standing as a road or a school. But the city of New London, Conn., argued that the center was the vital centerpiece of a plan to revitalize its downtown. The Supreme Court agreed, and good morning, Kmart shoppers.

But here's a related problem: Suppose the government doesn't want to take your house; suppose it just wants to rent it for a while. Suppose it wants to take away your parking, invite a whole bunch of raucous strangers to stand in your front yard, and then cover your entire street with fake snow. Can they do that? You bet they can.

Here's the deal, as reported by Carolyn Jones in this very newspaper: A company called Icer, maker of snowboard wax, has obtained permission from the city of San Francisco to close two Pacific Heights streets -- Fillmore and Broadway -- to celebrate skier Jonny Moseley's 30th birthday. Moseley did not cure cancer or work with the orphans of Darfur; Moseley won a gold medal in the 1998 Olympics, which was several Olympics ago.

Icer is going to create a ski jump on one of those streets, bring in 10, 000 cubic feet of snow, add a DJ and his sound system -- and who does not want a DJ outside his house on a lovely August weekend? -- and an MTV film crew, because of course the whole thing is a made-for-television event. Without TV: no event.

Moseley is a former resident of Tiburon and, not incidentally, an employee of Icer. He also represents an apparel company, and apparently Moseley's apparel will figure prominently in the event. Representatives of Icer dismissed the concerns of the residents of the area, pointing out that they had already scaled back plans for the event, including nixing the VIP vodka tent to be placed in front of a Hindu monastery. There's your cultural sensitivity right there.

Residents of the affected neighborhood did not learn about the plans until very recently. Justin Roja, a spokesman for Mayor Gavin Newsom's office, told the neighbors that "there's nothing any of us can do to stop this event. This is going to go through."

Wait a minute. This is San Francisco. I think the sentence "There's nothing any of us can do to stop this event" is something like a challenge. We understand the legacy of Gandhi. Of course there's something the neighbors can do about it. I understand that Pacific Heights does not have a long tradition of civil disobedience, but perhaps this is the time to start learning.

Clearly, this event requires timing. If residents of the area were to peacefully sit down on the street just as the operations were to begin, the whole thing would fall behind schedule. If residents were to invite the media to film them sitting down, and perhaps film the San Francisco police carting people away to protect the sovereign privileges of a snowboard wax company, I'm not sure the publicity would be all that welcome.

Is this the most important issue in the world? Probably not. But think about your house and your street -- suppose this had happened there? There's apparently nothing to prevent it; snowboard wax companies can just ask your local government, and then your life is a living hell for two days. If it were your street, it might very well become the most important issue in the world.

Besides, in this country today, corporations can get away with just about anything. Governments just roll over and say, "Thank you sir, yes, a ski jump in a residential neighborhood, fine idea, sir." And, as the representative of the mayor said, "There's nothing any of us can do to stop this event." Doesn't that make you just a little bit mad? Isn't there a principle at stake here, and a useful forum in which to affirm that principle? I think so.
post #14 of 14
Icer/organizers should just pay people $200 each to shut up and stop whining. Or pay them nothing since it was legally approved.
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