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Air in the Streets


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Olympic champ Jonny Moseley and pro freeskier C.R. Johnson, will finally get their chance to jump in the streets of San Francisco this Thursday, September 29. An agreement between the city of San Francisco and the organizers of ICER AIR 2005 means 10,000 cubic feet of snow-enough to build a ski jump with an 800-foot runout-will be built on Fillmore Street, where contestants will compete for $100,000 in prizes.

What was originally slated to be an August 28 celebration of Jonny Moseley’s 30th birthday has now turned into a late September competition/exhibition with some 20 top skiers and snowboarders.

ICER AIR-one of Moseley’s sponsors-has been working in conjunction with the now semi-retired skier to host the event.

“I have literally had this idea for a lot of years, since the X Games in 1999 when they built this huge, ridiculous scaffolding,” says Moseley, who took home the silver medal in the Big Air competition that year. “Building it on the mountain is one thing, bringing it to the city is another-but the hills make a natural jump.”

Among opponents to the original August event were local monastery members, a socialite couple with a wedding scheduled nearby on the same day, and a slew of neighbors worried about property destruction and disorderly conduct. So organizers removed the alcohol, music, and the weekend date and hired 35 police, security, and traffic officers.

“Originally the mayor wanted to recheck the whole situation because not enough time was given by the promoters in order to review the safety standards and receive public input,” says Bob Lipman, a spokesperson in Mayor Gavin Newsom’s office. “But, after a thorough review by the involved public agencies, concerns were met and things will go forth as planned this Thursday.”

Last Thursday, the Interdepartmental Staff Committee on Traffic and Transportation unanimously voted 8-0 to grant the permit closing Fillmore Street between Broadway and Green Street and Vallejo Street between Webster and Steiner streets.

The event, which begins at 11 a.m., is planned to have three rounds, with one skier and one snowboarder coming out on top and bringing home the goods. Proceeds and donations from the public will be given to victims of recent Gulf Coast hurricanes.

But can we expect a signature D-Spin from the national ski celeb? “I’ll hit it a couple of times, maybe throw a few spread eagles,” says Moseley.

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