Pro skiing returned to Creve Coeur Lake in St. Louis, Missouri for the Midwest Night Fly festival on September 14, and the family-friendly event awarded California’s Brian Kinney his first career jump victory. “With the finals held at night, I just tried to stay calm and focus on my turning points,” says Kinney. “Focusing on those things and not worrying too much about what the guys in front of me were doing, really made the difference in my performance.” Kinney edged out fellow California native Storm Selsor (186 feet) for the win with a 190-foot leap, while Great Britain’s Tom Asher completed the podium with a 184-footer. The event attracted close to 4,000 spectators as some of the world’s premiere jumpers attacked the ramp under the night’s sky.
“Hands down, this tournament delivered a great crowd and some excellent sponsors,” says Kinney. “They found a sweet location, and there’s no reason why this tournament can’t be ten times bigger next year.” Kinney would like to thank his sponsors Connelly skis, MasterCraft Boats and New City.
Story and photos Spencer Shultz