The halfpipe may very well be the most iconic object in action sports. From their humble beginnings as small, hand-dug ditches to the massive, 22-foot tall modified superpipes of today, halfpipes have undergone an incredible transformation over the years. What once started as a small niche of snow sports, competing in transition, is now one of the most eye-catching and recognizable disciplines in the world. Momentous events have contributed to its evolution, including the race to land the world’s first double-cork in a pipe, the invention of the pipe dragon, the inclusion of halfpipe snowboarding in the Olympics, and much more. In this special, we’ll dig deep into the history of the halfpipe and get insight directly from the riders, legends, and park builders who have all contributed to its enormous growth in popularity over the years.
Featuring new and archival interviews from: Kelly Clark, Todd Richards, Danny Davis, Shaun White, Chloe Kim, Red Gerard, Louie Vito, Chris “Gunny” Gunnarson, Torin Yater-Wallace, Hannah Teter, JJ Thomas, Scotty James, Terje Haakonsen, Iouri Podladtchikov, Alex Ferreira, and more.
Watch Lift-off: The Story of the Superpipe, presented by Toyota premiering Sunday, April 11 10:00 AM Pacific / 1:00 PM Eastern only on NBC.