Aspen, Colo. (March 11, 2015) – After three days of practice, eight riders broke through the crowded field of top snowboarders at Red Bull Double Pipe to emerge as the judges’ top picks in today’s qualifiers. Gabe Ferguson held the number one position for over an hour during the open jam format session and finished out ahead of the pack (and just ahead of older brother Ben). Ferguson earned the top spot (and bragging rights) by transferring twice over the spine in the same run, once over the 22’ tall section with a backside 360 and again over the 18’ tall section with a frontside 360.
Older brother Ben didn’t hold back either as he was the first to throw a Cab Double 1080 over the channel gap, and was one of only two riders to land a frontside 720 over the 18’ tall spine, securing the second spot. Chase Josey rounded out the top 3 landing a huge Double Michalchuk.
The Top 8 move on to tomorrow’s finals and start in reverse order:
NAME NAT CITY YEAR OF BIRTH SPONSOR
1. Gabe Ferguson USA Bend, OR 1999 Burton
2. Ben Ferguson USA Bend, OR 1995 Burton
3. Chase Josey USA Hailey, ID 1995 Capita
4. Benji Farrow USA Breckenridge, CO 1992 Zion
5. Arthur Longo FRA Les Deux Alpes 1988 Volcom
6. Jan Scherrer SUI Ebnat-Kappel 1994 Nike
7. Stale Sandbech NOR Oslo 1993 Oakley
8. Scotty James AUS Warrendyte 1994 Red Bull
Tomorrow’s schedule and event format is as follows. For fans who can’t attend in person, Double Pipe will air as part of the Red Bull Signature Series via livestream March 12th at 11:30am PT/2:30pm ET on redbull.tv, and as a full-length broadcast March 14th at 1pm ET on NBC.
Thursday, March 12:
1:00pm to 3:00pm MT (Finals)
Format: 8 riders start in reverse order from semi-finals (8th through 1st). 3 runs each, all runs are scored (0-100 points, Overall Impression). Final ranking is 1st – 8th, based on single best run score.
For the second year in a row, Red Bull Double Pipe has been carved into the snow at the base of Buttermilk Mountain in Aspen, Colorado. The side-by-side superpipes boast an array of unique features that have the world-class field of snowboarders frothing about the endless possibilities of this massive feature. It's going to take skill to survive but creativity to prevail. Check out what the new setup has in store for riders.
Ben Ferguson takes you through the course: