Never Rule out Sorge | Kurt Sorge 2nd Place Run at Red Bull Rampage 2021

Never doubt Kurt Sorge. The Canadian freeride icon joins his fellow countryman, Brandon Semenuk, on the podium after securing third with a blistering 88.33.

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A three-time champion, Sorge had lofty goals of becoming a four-time winner this year. Opting to revisit his winning line from 2017, Sorge started on a high note by becoming the first athlete to put down a clean top to bottom run. It initially earned him the top spot, but it was short-lived, and he was ultimately sitting in fourth before run number two.

Heading into his second run, Sorge knew he needed to step things up a notch to move through the rankings. In classic Sorge style, he delivered. On his second run, he Backflipped the ridge jump and then followed it with a Suicide No-Hander in the rhythm section. On his trick jump, he threw a Superman and added a Flip Knack on his big drop. To wrap things up, he flipped his step down and final trick jump. While it was a fast run full of air time and style, it wasn’t enough to best Semenuk’s technical tricks. Regardless, he improved his score to 88.33 and walked away with a second-place finish.

“Coming into the same zone we’ve been at, you think you have a lot of time to practice, but it’s always crunch time down to the end,” Sorge said. “Especially with all the unpredictable variables like the weather. I didn’t have quite as much practice time as I would have hoped and just had to dial it in on my run.

“The [freeride] scene is amazing these days, especially the motivation and progression coming from the younger guys and veterans. It just motivates you to keep riding harder.”

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