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Making the Cut - Qualifier Action and Finals Prep at Red Bull Rampage 2013

<b>Good morning Red Bull Rampage! Sunshine and the yet to be conquered Oakley Icon Sender greeted riders as they made their way to the top of the mountain for qualifier runs.</b> - Trumpore

<b>Game on. Throwing a massive suicide no hander off a feature that many struggle to clear was just one of many ballsy moves that earned Agassiz the top qualifier spot. Yeah boy!</b> - Collins

<b>Agassiz stomped his line with authority, throwing down some huge moves and big tricks. He celebrated by building an even bigger line for finals in the afternoon.</b> - Trumpore

<b>Pierre Edouard Ferry was one of the few riders tricking the jumps on the upper ridges, so it was no surprise that he finished strong in qualifying.</b> - Trumpore

<b>Pierre on a stellar run that won the crowd over. He shares his line with third place qualifier Thomas Genon.</b> - Collins

<b>Pierre was putting in work and charging super hard these past few days, and we're pumped to see it pay off. He wound up second in qualifying.</b> - Collins

<b>Last year Thomas Genon looked a bit out of place on the steep and rugged Utah terrain. This year he stomped trick after trick all the way down.</b> -Trumpore

<b>Genon flipped out a bit in his second qualifying run, but because he had a solid first run, he still landed in third place.</b> - Collins

<b>The sun was barely peeking over the ridge when Brendan Fairclough dropped in for his first run. Nothing like sending a 50 foot canyon gap to wake the mind and get the blood flowing. Sal Masekela thinks it's wild.</b> - Trumpore

<b>Brendan looking for style points on the lower course. It takes some tricks down at the bottom to win over the judges.</b> - Collins

<b>Ryan Howard may not have qualified today, but he was still pumped to progress his riding and survive.</b> - Trumpore

<b>Everyone was impressed at how well R-Dog took on his first Rampage.</b> - Turman

<b>Chris Van Dine sent the boner log way past any form of landing and flat out detonated. Next time buddy.</b> - Collins

<b>A solid showing from Kelly McGarry earned him in a 10th place qualifier position and a spot in the big show.</b> - Collins

<b>Moves like this corked 360 scored McGarry valuable points with the judges.</b> - Trumpore

<b>Gee's gap has already claimed two riders, but for Mitch Chubey the third time was a charm. He nailed it on his way to fourth place.</b> - Trumpore

<b>Mitch Chubey had a rough start to Rampage, but stepped it up and crushed his lines in his second qualifying run.</b> - Collins

<b>"Shirts off on the rock! Shirts off on the rock!" Hecklefest in Utah? It happened.</b> - Turman

<b>Dustin Schaad took a gnarlier tumble than we've ever seen, but was able to walk away from it and was in good spirits just hours later.</b> - Turman

<b>Nico Vink may be focusing on freeride contests and big mountain riding these days, but you can't take the racer speed and style out of him.</b> - Trumpore

<b>Vink looked fast and composed the whole way down. Tomorrow will present a new challenge for him and his one man dig crew.</b> - Turman

<b>Ramon Hunziker grabbed the last qualifying spot by running a very different line down the mountain, even with a bobble.</b> - Collins

<b>Hunziker wowed the hashtag happy crowd over the canyon gap. #Rampage!</b> - Collins

<b>Paul Basagoitia has been off the radar the past few years due to injuries, but today he looked like his old self. A combination of flips, whips and cliff drops landed him in a respectable eight on the day.</b> - Trumpore

<b>Watch for Paul to add a few more tricks tomorrow. His single-crown fork gives him an advantage in that regard.</b> - Turman

<b>Mike Hopkins redeemed himself in a big way today after last year's mishap. Fifth place qualifier for the big mountain specialist.</b> - Turman

<b>Garett Buehler is all about big mountains and big style, so it was no surprise to see him finish the day out in sixth.</b> - Trumpore

<b>Ninth place today for Mike Montgomery with room to improve.</b> - Trumpore

<b>At the end of the qualifier round, three names stood on top. The day was far from over, though, as the remaining riders quickly turned their attention to finals prep.</b> - Turman

<b>No stranger to massive big mountain lines, James Doerfling sends his line right down the heart of the mountain with no room for error.</b> - Collins

<b>Graham Agassiz has a few huge moves in store for his finals line, which is completely different than the one he rode in qualifiers.</b> - Turman

<b>Brendan Fairclough and crew put in some serious hustle this evening, cutting in a "trail" through an otherwise unused area. It has a VERY steep entry.</b> - Turman

<b>Antoine Bizet has a ridiculously steep and narrow line right out of the gate that ends with a relatively small cliff drop. Thomas Genon thinks Antoine may have what to takes to win.</b> - Trumpore

<b>As soon as Tyler McCaul lands this hit, he's preparing for possibly the biggest natural hit at Rampage.</b> - Robinson

<b>We told you it was big...</b> - Robinson

<b>T-Mac's first test run into his monstrous step down. It's bar none the largest man made feature. Although the landing is nearly a freeway ride, it's burly.</b> - Collins

<b>R-Dog knows the McCaul brothers can be a threat on any terrain. Cam lets it fly over Sterling Lorence.</b> - Turman

<b>Andreu Lacondeguy continues to raise the bar on style.</b> - Trumpore

<b>Thomas Vanderham greased this massive hip more than a few times today. It's huge. An unfortunate crash late in the day likely means he won't be riding in the finals.</b> - Turman

<b>Kyle Strait and Cam Zink going up...</b> - Turman

<b>Kyle Strait and Cam Zink going down. They teamed up this week and built themselves a steep, technical and very exposed line down the front face.</b> - Trumpore

<b>Cam Zink can barely walk right now, but still managed to build and ride one of the most exposed lines on the mountain.</b> - Trumpore

<b>Yesterday we saw Geoff Gulevich throwing flips on the top of his line. Today he threw some at the bottom. Notice the two case marks on the lip - they both belong to Gully. #OUCH</b> - Trumpore

<b>Wil White's line is raw and awesome. It follows a few skinny ridges with little room for error.</b> - Turman

<b>Even as the last light fell behind the mountains, riders were still building and testing their lines for Sunday's final.</b> - Trumpore

<b>Kyle Strait going large!</b> - Turman

<b>Kyle Strait going large!</b> - Turman

<b>Kyle Strait going large!</b> - Turman

<b>Kyle Strait going large!</b> - Turman

<b>Kyle Strait going large!</b> - Turman

<b>Kyle Strait going large!</b> - Turman

<b>Kyle Strait going large!</b> - Turman

<b>Kyle Strait going large!</b> - Turman

<b>Kyle Strait going large!</b> - Turman

<b>Kyle Strait going large!</b> - Turman

<b>Kyle Strait going large!</b> - Turman

<b>Kyle Strait going large!</b> - Turman

<b>Coming up a bit short on his landing, Strait bounced 30ft down the transition only to land again, making him the first person to successfully land this massive feature.</b> - Robinson

<b>Cam Zink wasn't far behind...</b> - Turman

<b>Cam Zink nailed it, finding backside on his first attempt. No brakes tomorrow! Be sure to tune in to <u>redbull.com/rampage</u> to watch the finals live.</b> - Trumpore

<b>Cam Zink nailed it, finding backside on his first attempt. No brakes tomorrow! Be sure to tune in to <u>redbull.com/rampage</u> to watch the finals live.</b> - Trumpore

<b>Cam Zink nailed it, finding backside on his first attempt. No brakes tomorrow! Be sure to tune in to <u>redbull.com/rampage</u> to watch the finals live.</b> - Trumpore

<b>Cam Zink nailed it, finding backside on his first attempt. No brakes tomorrow! Be sure to tune in to <u>redbull.com/rampage</u> to watch the finals live.</b> - Trumpore

<b>Cam Zink nailed it, finding backside on his first attempt. No brakes tomorrow! Be sure to tune in to <u>redbull.com/rampage</u> to watch the finals live.</b> - Trumpore

<b>Cam Zink nailed it, finding backside on his first attempt. No brakes tomorrow! Be sure to tune in to <u>redbull.com/rampage</u> to watch the finals live.</b> - Trumpore

<b>Cam Zink nailed it, finding backside on his first attempt. No brakes tomorrow! Be sure to tune in to <u>redbull.com/rampage</u> to watch the finals live.</b> - Trumpore

Things get real as riders take to the mountain during the qualification round. BIG moves, BIG crashes and big cheers highlighted another jaw dropping day in Utah. With less than 24 hours until the bid show, riders also worked to dial in and test out their Finals lines. Rowdy!

Photos by Brandon Turman, Dave Trumpore, Ian Collins and Fred Robinson

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