Dew Tour hit Breckenridge as hard as the snow this weekend, with thousands of people flocking to the small mountain town to see some of the best riders in the world battle it out!
Snowboard Slopestyle Pro Competition (Men's):
A seriously stacked lineup of riders came out for this one, and the level of riding in snowy, not ideal competition conditions, was insane! No one was holding back and the top runs on both the jump and through the jib garden were pretty much perfect. The judges really had their work cut out for them with the re-imagined two course setup.
Absolutely throwing down through the jib garden was Max Parrot and Seb Toots, who both had nearly perfect runs with some of the hardest tricks you could ever link together. The big 65 foot jump course was highlighted with some serious spinning of course, while it was absolutely puking snow. Tyler Nicholson landed a big ol frontside 1260, Seb Toots landed a backside triple cork 1440, and Mark McMorris stomped both a frontside triple cork 1440 and a backside triple cork 1440 that gave him the highest score in the jump section. McMorris needed to land a solid run through the jib garden on his last attempt to win the gold, and he threw down a very clean run that was more than enough to claim victory. Summit County locals Red Gerard and Eric Willet, both had great outings but didn't put together high enough scores on both sections to land a spot on the podium.
The Top 5 Results were as follows (points out of 200):
1. Mark McMorris, 172.66
2. Max Parrot, 161.66
3. Sebastien Toutant, 160.66
4. Chas Guldemond, 148.32
5. Tyler Nicholson, 147.00
Snowboard Slopestyle Pro Competition (Women's):
The Women's slopestyle lineup was also stacked with some serious talent, and they were all getting after it in hopes of a spot on the podium. Some great runs through the jib garden were unleashed by the entire lineup of riders, but Hailey Langland's massive back lip really stuck out of the crowd. She boosted on the second feature in the course and layed down a beauty! Jamie Anderson had an unbelievable performance, with her effortless style, and was able to claim victory after her third run through the jib garden topped all of her previous attempts.
Here are the results from the jib garden (the jump section was cancelled due to weather):
1. Jamie Anderson - 91.33
2. Hailey Langland - 86.00
3. Spencer O'Brien - 80.00
4. Julia Marino - 79.00
5. Enni Rukajarvi - 77.66
6. Katie Ormerod - 70.00
The team challenge was new to Dew Tour this year and was a great success! With two riders representing each brand, there was a sense of pride and appreciation from the riders for the opportunity to represent such big names as: Burton, Salomon, DC, Lib Tech, Nitro, and Ride. Not only did riders get to compete for their brands, but also had "Legend Status" coaches watching and helping them, which included names like Jeremy Jones and Terje Haakonsen.
Team Burton had some serious young guns who are definitely not strangers to the contest scene with Darcy Sharpe and Mark McMorris reprenting them. They each had a chance at the jib garden because the jump section was cancelled due to weather. They each layed down a solid line that was able to give them the highest combined score out of the six teams. Coming in at a close second, and very easily could have won the event, was the Nitro team represented by Seb Toots and Marcus Kleveland. They each had very technical, solid runs. Third place went to Ride, with heavy riding from Reid Smith and Brandon Davis.
Definitely can't forget about Streetstyle, which had an unbelievable list of riders! This was as usual, a great part of the weekend filled with as much creativity as you could possible fit onto Washington Ave. With such talent as Jordan Morse, Darcy Sharpe, Frank Bourgeouis, Jesse Paul, Zak Hale and Colorado locals Dylan Alito and Seth Hill, you knew it was going to be a serious battle for the 45 minute jam session.
Everyone seemed hungry for the win and wasn't holding anything back on a frigid night in downtown Breckenridge. In the end, it was Darcy Sharpe who impressed the judges the most and was crowned champion for the fourth year in a row, after landing more tricks than any other rider. A close second was awarded to Jordan Morse for killing it all night, and Zak Hale finished third with some strong riding in the streets.
Overall, the madness that is Dew Tour Breckenridge was as rowdy as ever, had a great new format which had good reviews from both riders and fans, and brought some serious snow! Good times were definitely had!