The Superpipe event at The Nike Open Dew Tour at Breckenridge Colorado is now a wrap. We had perfect sunny sky’s this year, and it wasn’t too cold, which was really nice. If you remember last years contest it was a crazy blizzard, so the sun was really refreshing.
The day kicked off with the Woman’s finals. Some of the standout moves were Kaitlyn Farrington’s backside 900’s on her first hit, Maddy Schaffrick’s text-book perfect methods, and Gretchen Bleiler’s flawless runs all day. But in the end, there could only be one lady who could be crowned queen of the dew, and that was Kelly Clark. She came out on top by going way higher than everyone else.
A note though. Sometimes grabbing matters. If it were up to me I’d like to see more of an emphasis on grabbing. Snowboard halfpipe isn’t aerial skiing, there still needs to be an element of style throughout. But that’s just my opinion…What do I know?
After the ladies were done, it was time for the guys. One thing that’s pretty noticeable is how the light shifted when it was time for the men. The girls were able to ride the pipe during the early afternoon, when the sun was at its peak, but the guys didn’t get to ride until 2:30. 2:30 might not sound too late, but in Colorado, in the middle of December, that’s pretty much sun-down. A lot of guys who normally crush it were having trouble putting down full runs.
Kazu Kokubo for instance , was one of the loosest riders that I’ve ever seen in my life. In his last run of the day he did a lay-back slash, right into a 1080. It was insane. Kazu rips so hard. Other notables from they day include Ipod almost taking his head off on the lip, Louie Vito doing more double corks than anyone else, and Scotty Lago doing sick front 10 nosegrabs off his first hit. Scotty’s style is so good. In the end though the results ended up being Iouri Podlachikov in 3ed place, Louie Vito in 2nd place, and coming in with the win was Shaun White. In all honesty, Shaun was going so high out of the pipe. People can say what they want, but when you can do 27 foot backside airs out of the halfpipe, then it doesn’t even matter.
Tomorrow is the closing day of the Nike Open in Breck, and it’s closing with the slopestyle finals. Check back here tomorrow for all the coverage!
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