Always wanted to learn how to do those stylish air-to-fakies in the halfpipe? Well who better to learn them from than Olympic gold medalist Torah Bright? In the latest trick tip from I Ride Park City, Torah takes you through the air-to-fakie step by step. Take it from her and add this to your bag of tricks to make your pipe run a little more stylish. Stay tuned every Thursday for a new tick tip from Park City.Read More
Words & Photos: Laura Austin
Another sunny day with nothing but blue skies graced Mammoth Mountain for the Grand Prix Halfpipe finals. You have to hand it to the park crews this year, despite the less than optimal snow conditions plaguing North America they are still able to step up with amazing features, and that definitely was the case with the pipe today.
The men took to the pipe first in their two run final. Most having trouble sticking their initial run all the way through with a score of 68.2 holding the top spot through most of run one until Zack Black snuck in with an 86.4. Luke Mitrani was definitely a standout with his lofty double Michael Chuck right out of the gate, earning him the Maloof Best Trick that was accompanied with a $10,000 check. Top qualifier, Louie Vito, threw down an impressive first run which included a double crippler and higher amplitude on every hit than most of the competition. This run put him into the lead with a 94.2.
As the second run rolled around it was Greg Bretz who knocked Louie Vito out of the top podium position with a solid run earning him a 95. Luke came back and cleaned up his second run, landing everything smoothly, and once again throwing a giant double Michael Chuck on his first hit. Luke improved to a 90, locking him into a 3rd place position. The only rider left, Louie Vito, earned himself a victory lap which he took full advantage of throwing 3 double-corks and a HUGE roast beef on his last hit, improving his score to a 98.2. This win made him the national champ earning him a 20k purse, plus the 10k for first place. Definitely not a bad day for Louie Vito. Following Louie was Greg Bretz, and then Luke Mitrani with that third place spot.
On the ladies side, the field was opened up with the absence of Kelly Clark but Elena Hight, Kaitlyn Farrington, and Ellery Hollingsworth were still in the mix. Young 14-year-old Arielle Gold was a head turner, not only because of her full tiger print outfit, but she held pretty good amplitude throughout her whole run earning her a 84.6. Kaitlyn Farrington put down a solid first run. Ellery stepped up next including a cab 9 and an inverted 720 into her run moving her into 3rd place. But after all was said and done with not much moving of positions, it was Elena Hight earning herself a victory lap which included a beautiful alley oop backside rodeo on her last hit.
Couldn’t have asked for better conditions for a halfpipe contest, granted the sun made one side of the pipe pretty soft, but everyone was in high spirits. Congrats to all the riders, and as for the Grand Prix… see you next year.
Mammoth Grand Prix Halfpipe Results
1st - Louie Vito
2nd - Greg Bretz
3rd - Luke Mitrani
1st - Elena Hight
2nd - Kaitlyn Farrington
3rd - Ellery Hollingsworth
Words: T. Bird
Photos: Danny Burrows
The final day of the Burton European Open Presented by MINI was one for the ages. Snowboard contests are sometimes constrained by weather. Such is the nature of the sport. However, for four days straight here in Laax, Switzerland, we were graced with an endless blanket of blue above us, with little wind, and humongous amounts of snow. Laax offers one of the most beautiful vistas afforded by any resort in the world, and if coupled with a field of competitors that comprise the globe’s best pipe riders, what happened on hill today was almost surreal. Between the panorama, the weather, and the riding, the European Open pipe finals were simply stunning.
Ursina Haller, Yuki Furihata, Queralt Castellet, Sophie Rodriguez, Soko Yamaoka, Cilka Sadar, Gretchen Bleiler, and Kelly Clark comprised the women’s field but following up an unbelievable women’s slope final was no easy task. However, these ladies put on one of the best pipe finals of the year. Soko and Yuki’s massive McTwists, Cilka’s back-to-back sevens (and an insane alley oop Japan), Ursina’s giant front nines on her first hit, Gretchen’s run that I consider one of her all-time best, and Kelly’s dominance provided the morning’s entertainment. Kelly took the win, and cemented her sixteenth straight pipe victory, officially making her as dominant in halfpipe as Jamie Anderson is in slopestyle. Gretchen got second, and Yuki Furihata spun her way to third place to round out the podium. Oh yeah, and Kelly did a ten…again. She’s simply remarkable in the pipe.
After the women dropped, it was time for the men. The field was stacked with Manuel Pietropoli, Jan Scherrer, Tore Holvik, Hiroki Suwa, Christian Haller, Janne Korpi, Nathan Johnstone, fifteen year-old Tim-Kevin Ravnjak, Peetu Piiroinen (last year’s pipe winner), Shuhei Osanai, Stale Sandbech, Fredrik Austbo, Danny Davis, Ryo Aono, Iouri Podladtchikov, and Markus Malin. Now, there was so much shit that went down in the tube that this web post would be too long if I were to list the afternoon’s events in full, so I’ll stick with the highlights. The biggest surprise was Peetu Piiroinen getting last place. He won the year prior, but his first hit was giving him problems and he failed to put down a run that could put him on the podium. Something tells me that will change in Stratton. Tim-Kevin Ravnjak is fifteen and threw his minute weight around all day and kept up with the adults. The kid’s got a bright future in snowboarding. Mark my words. Danny Davis is still incredibly good, and his double corks look better than anyone else’s, which is why he got second place. Ipod is a remarkable athlete, and he showed it today by coming through when it counted and garnering his first win at the Euro Open. Ryo Aono goes bigger than the rest of his peers on flat spins, and he got third place. Nathan Johnstone is set to break the hell out of his Southern Hemisphere bubble and leave an impact on the snowboard worls. Between what I witnessed at the World Snowboard Championships and his performance today, he’s incredibly talented, and you’ll soon find that out. Markus Malin has been around for quite a while, and he rode very well today, though he didn’t make the podium. Tore Kolvik’s second hit double corks were among the biggest I saw all day, and love it or hate it, a huge double cork (when not forced) is one of the more impressive things one can see firsthand. Christian Haller has killer style. Stale Sandbech fell on his first two runs but put down his third one for a top ten finish. There was so much more that went down in the Laax pipe, but that’s what photos are for. Check out the gallery, and if you’re still yearning for more, go to redbull.tv to watch replays of the live webcast.
And don’t forget, the 30th Burton US Open goes live on Wednesday on redbull.tv at 11:30 EST, and all the daily coverage will be right here on snowboardermag.com.
MINI Creative Use of Space Winner: Cilka Sadar
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Words & Photos: Sean Kerrick Sullivan
The Dew Tour made its third and final stop at Snowbasin, UT over the weekend, and what a weekend it was. With some of your typical big dogs elsewhere at other contests, the young and the hungry got their chance to shine as the podium was finally in reach. I mean common, do you really want to drop in before Shaun White? On another note, word is Snowbasin's contract is up with Alli Sports, leaving people asking, well then where is stop 3 gonna be? Where are the championships gonna be? Rumor has it that Alli may convert all their energy towards a SINGLE contest, thus making much better use of their resources, and getting on a level to compete with the X-Games. I asked a few competitors how they would feel about a move like that, but all I want to know is what Bridges and Terje think of that......
Dew Tour Superpipe Results:
1. Louie Vito
2. Iouri Podladtchikov
3. Spencer Shaw
1. Kelly Clark
2. Gretchen Bleiler
3. Xuetong Cai
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