Monster pro rider Paul Thacker, who was recently paralyzed practicing his craft, emceed the event. Despite his injury, he still rides and was thrilled to make the trip to Idaho for the event. "There's nothing like it ... back flips without snow, its an impressive thing to watch," said Thacker.
Thacker's positivity and zeal for his sport was shared by other athletes at the high flying event, including Middleton's own Heath Frisby.
"It's like freestyle motocross meets bullriding, except it lasts a lot longer than eight seconds," said Frisby of hucking meat at the event. Both Frisby and Thacker have consistently climbed the podium at winter X Games freestyle snowmobile events over the years, and are innovators in their sport. The Monster freestyle team will be in full force just before the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Saturday, Dec. 17. The event will run 12:30-3:15 p.m. next to the Caven-Williams sports complex near the river and will include music, food, and, of course, upside down snow machines.