Billabong rider Matts Kulisek climbed on the 2nd step of the podium this weekend during the inaugural edition of the RIDE Shakedown Germany, taking place in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

'It was a tough decision for me to fly out to Germany and miss the US Open for the first time in 7 years', explains Matts, 'The whole trip pretty much went perfect: the traveling, my luxury hostel, the 1937 Olympic Stadium venue, the new format, and of course my podium finish. I qualified 4th with a front 9 and a half cab down the rail. Then during finals with the new format (3 jumps, best 2 combined) I ended up 2nd with a front 12 late cork to a half cab on the down rail, combined with a cab 9 to frontside 180 half cab out on the flat rail. That cab 9 was huge I don't know how I managed to stay on my feet. I'll be in Seattle next weekend to defend my title at the Shakedown USA. The dream continues!'

1st place went to 18 year old Bradford, England rider Jamie Nicholls who racked up 15 000€ with a cab 1080 and back 1080 double cork on the jump.

Photographer credit: Christian Sadler