TSG’s freeskier Bene Mayr landed the first forward double misty 1080 while shooting with Legs of Steel on the Kaunertaler Glacier in Austria.
“It’s a new double rotation which has never been done before. I’ve been wanting to do this trick for over a year now and never got a chance. Now that I’ve finally done it I’m really happy about it.”, explains Bene.
The new trick is being called a Trooper. Paddy Graham, Bene’s roommate and a fellow member of Legs of Steel, named it. “He came up to me and was like, ‘Oh, you just landed the Trooper,’” Bene said. “So that’s where the name comes from — I think it’s from an Iron Maiden song.”
In a misty, the skier throws a flip forward off the jump, putting their head down first. This is different from a cork, in which the skier flips backwards into the jump. The Munich-based skier said that he sees more commitment in throwing the trick against the jump rather than the other way.
Bene, who is skiing with a knee injury that has nagged him since the Red Bull Linecatcher in January, said the jump was 24 or 25 meters (about 82 feet) and was constructed as a semi-roller step down.