Backside Five Skater Grinds Red Bull Crashed Ice

Backside Five joined sponsorship in the Red Bull Crashed Ice competition as part of its commitment to promoting the extreme action sports industry and encouraging this type of extraordinary racing.
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Sponsored Skater to Compete in Red Bull Crashed Ice Championship

January 9, 2012 (HOUSTON) —Baskside Five-sponsored speed skaters Ben Grotting (pictured below) and John Vadnais race in the Red Bull Crashed Ice US Debut  this weekend, January 12th-14th  at the St. Paul Cathedral in St. Paul, Minnesota. Races begin at 1:30 PM on the first day of competition. The event is free for all spectators.

"I'm looking forward to getting back on the ice in a high end competition,” said Grotting of the opportunity. “Skating was always my strong suit so this event really works into my abilities. I am excited to have the chance to represent BS5 in a new area of extreme sports, an area that I see growing bigger and bigger on an international scale in years to come."
Crashed Ice, a mostly downhill speed skating race full of death-defying drops and sick twists and turns arranged in urban areas, is one of the world’s newest high energy winter extreme sports. Founded in 2001, crashed ice has seen 12 years of intensely fierce speed skaters, mostly pedigreed with a hockey background, dash, push, skate and speed their way through courses across the world, including, Europe, Canada and the United States.

Red Bull has sponsored crashed ice since the sport’s inception, reinforcing its image as a supporter of intense winter sports. Backside Five joined sponsorship in the competition as part of its commitment to promoting the extreme action sports industry and encouraging this type of extraordinary racing. The Crashed Ice Championships come amidst a fantastic winter for the company, which recently released its premium winter collection.
As for Grotting and Vandais, a win by either in the competition would make them the first Americans ever to take the championship. Each has his work cut out for him attempting to first qualify to be the US finalist before taking on some of the world’s best crashed ice athletes, including reigning champion Arrtu Pihlainen of Finland.

"We’re proud of Ben and Johny for qualifying and couldn’t be more pumped about the competition,” said Backside Five Extreme Sports Liaison Joe Rizzo. “Crashed Ice is one of the hottest extreme winter competitions in the world, so this is a huge deal for them and us. We’re going to do everything we can to help them grind their way to the finals!”
About Backside Five
Backside Five is a lifestyle company that first began creating premium action sports apparel in the Spring of 2008, focusing on eco-friendly platforms. Throughout each of their collections, the company has continuously brought high quality and unique designs to this core market for those who appreciate what’s fresh and fashionable. Outside of fashion, Backside Five has hosted several special events including 2011 Backside Five Rock and Wake, Fashionista Friday this past December, and several other high-energy spectacles throughout their short tenure in the market. For more information, visit their web site at and follow them on Facebook at or Twitter @backsidefive.
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