COAST TO COAST WINNERS ADDED TO FINALS ROSTER FOR GATORADE FREE FLOW TOUR
Six Snowboarders Earn Trip to Snowbasin Feb. 9-12
Burr Ridge, Ill. – January 30, 2012 – The third weekend of the Gatorade Free Flow Tour hit mountain resorts across the country with slopestyle events at Mount Bachelor and Okemo and a superpipe event at Killington Resort. From Oregon to Vermont, the competitors came out gunning for a win and hoping to secure their spot in the Finals, taking place in conjunction with the Winter Dew Tour Toyota Championships this February in Utah. Victories went to Kent Callister and Devyn Schnake at Bachelor, while out East snowboarders Lauren Tamposi, Jack Dawe, Maggie Leon, and Owen Daytontook the top spots.
Following a recent record-setting snow, the park at Mt. Bachelor was primed for a heavy contest. What the snowboarders were putting down earned impressive marks from the judges, but at the end of the day local shredder Callister’s run, with a boardslide to fakie at the top, cab 7 indy, switch backside 9 and finished things off with a boardslide 270 out on the cannon rail stole the show. Close behind was Alex Kollar and Ben Ferguson, who completed the podium in second and third. The entire top five were Oregon-bred boarders.
“I can’t wait for the Finals,” said first-time Finalist Callister. “It’s going to be so much fun.”
Taking the win for the ladies and also hailing from Bend, Schnake used a boosty nose grab and backside 180 melon to lock herself into first, with Alexandra Morris, who took third place last weekend at Mt. High, and Kelly Underwood, a 2011 Finalist, her top competition for the spot. “Today was fun, I’m really looking forward to the Finals,” Schnake said after the day’s events.
Over 2,000 miles away on the East Coast, competitors vying for their shot into the pro circuits took to the slope course at Okemo and the superpipe at Killington, freshly used by the pros at the Winter Dew Tour. Snowboarders Tamposi and Dawe earned bragging rights at Okemo, facing tough competition from second and third place finishers Sophie Anderson and Maggie Leon in the women’s competition and Eric Cerra and Jed Sky in the men’s.
Eager to get to Utah, Tamposi was grateful for the opportunity, saying, “Big thanks to Gatorade for putting on this awesome contest!” Expressing similar sentiments, Dawe said, “Today was a super fun day. I’m so psyched Gatorade is sending me to compete with the Dew Tour at Snowbasin!”
Killington held a strong pipe contest Sunday, with contenders coming from all over the northeast and beyond for the contest. Leon earned her trip to the upcoming Finals with a frontside indy 360, topping Abby Lancour and Sophie Anderson in the pipe, while Dayton’s frontside 720 and 540 rounded out with a cork 540 landed him just above Randall Reynolds and thirteen-year-old Austin Rebetz, who finished second and third respectively.
Representing for the mountain, Leon feels comfortable advancing to more of the professional level pipes. “Since this is my home mountain, I felt pretty good about riding in a 22-foot pipe. I’m super psyched Gatorade puts on this contest and is sending me to Utah!”
“This was my first Gatorade Free Flow Tour event, and it was awesome!” said Dayton after his win. “This was a great event – the Gatorade Yowie is sweet – and I had a killer day.”
With their wins, all six contestants earn an automatic bid into the Gatorade Free Flow Tour Finals, taking place in conjunction with the Winter Dew Tour’s Toyota Championship, February 9-12, 2012 at Snowbasin Resort in Utah.
Saturday and Sunday, January 28-29, 2012
Mt. Bachelore, Ore.
Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle
1. Kent Callister, Bend, Ore. 2. Ben Ferguson, Bend, Ore. 3. Alex Kollar, Banks, Ore. 4. Jeff Hopkins, Clackamas, Ore. 5. Nathan Jacobson, Bend, Ore.
Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle
1. Devyn Schnake, Bend, Ore. 2. Alexandra Morris, Danville, Calif. 3. Kelly Underwood, Welches, Ore. 4. Zoe Kern, Bend, Ore. 5. Sage Allen, Bend, Ore.
Saturday, January 28, 2012
Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle
1. Jack Dawe 2. Eric Cerra 3. Jed Sky 4. Erik Fahie 5. Jack Greffin
Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle
1. Lauren Tamposi, Holis, N.H. 2. Sophie Anderson, Littleton, Mass. 3. Maggie Leon, Simsbury, Conn.
Sunday, January 29, 2012
Men’s Snowboard Superpipe
1. Owen Dayton, Bradford, N.H. 2. Randall Reynolds, Higganun, Conn. 3. Austin Rebetz, Ludlow, Vt. 4. Jack Valentine, Sparta, N.J. 5. Emmett Ellmaker, Erwinna, Pa.
Women’s Snowboard Superpipe
1. Maggie Leon, Simsbury, Conn. 2. Abby Lancour, Rutland, Vt. 3. Sophie Anderson, Littleton, Mass.
The winners in each of the 28 contests (16 slopestyle and 12 superpipe) will be flown to the Gatorade Free Flow Tour Finals, taking place in conjunction with the Winter Dew Tour Toyota Championship, February 12-13 at Snowbasin Resort in Utah. Encompassing the “Flow to Pro” theme that is the cornerstone of the Gatorade Free Flow Tour, the two overall snowboard superpipe and slopestyle Champions will earn a spot to compete against the pros at the first stop of the 2012-13 Winter Dew Tour the following season.
All competitions are open to both male and female amateur competitors 21 and younger for all snowboard disciplines. There is a $20 entry fee, and all participants under the age of 18 must bring a parent or guardian to the event to sign a liability waiver, or bring a notarized and signed liability waiver. Contest registration forms, waivers and detailed information are available ahead of time at www.gatoradefreeflowtour.com <http://www.gatoradefreeflowtour.com> .
Gatorade Free Flow Tour
The Gatorade Free Flow Tour, the official amateur series of the Winter Dew Tour, holds competitions at resorts across the country throughout the month of January and February, providing a platform for amateur freeskiers and snowboarders to showcase their skills. The winter leg of the Tour consists of 8 regional events across the U.S., featuring freeskiing (superpipe and slopestyle) and snowboarding (superpipe and slopestyle). The winners of each regional event earn a trip to compete in the Gatorade Free Flow Tour Finals held in conjunction with the Winter Dew Tour’s Toyota Championship, Feb. 9-12, 2012 at Snowbasin Resort in Utah, and the overall Champions in the six disciplines automatically earn a spot to compete against the pros in the first stop of the 2012-13 Winter Dew Tour. Gatorade’s partnership with the Free Flow Tour began in 2009, and its presence and commitment to uplift amateur freeskiers and snowboarders and provide an extended platform to grow action sports enabled the creation of the winter season of the Gatorade Free Flow Tour. Allisports.com will be the home of all digital content and Tour information. More information can be found at www.gatoradefreeflowtour.com <http://www.gatoradefreeflowtour.com> .
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