photos: Nathan Benson
Billabong Flaunt It arrived at Loon Mountain, New Hampshire for the very first time this weekend bringing smiles to park riders from all over New England and Quebec. The ladies set forth to showcase their skills on a progressive set up built to perfection.
New Hampshire's 14 year old Nora Healey caught the eyes of the judges early on and solidified her win with a run consisting of frontside 540's and solid rail riding. Healey will be joining the four other Flaunt It tour slopestyle winners in Sierra-at-Tahoe for the final stop of the series in two weeks, where riders will compete for a $10,000 cash purse. Loon Mountain's Mary Rand took second and Maggie Leon from Killington placed third.
The rail jam featured six rail options allowing the girls to step it up, get creative and throw down some impressive tricks. Theresa Kewley was not fazed by the staircase, and locked into a flawless frontside 180 onto the down-flat rail securing first place. Nora Healey came in second followed closely by Mary Rand.
Healey collected the Dakine Best Trick Award for her frontside 540 on the last jump, and the Nixon Style Award was given to Lily Calabrese for her stylish rail riding. Melissa Morin earned the VonZipper Ragdoll award and took home a couple of battle wounds.
Billabong Flaunt It is proudly supported by VonZipper, Dakine, Nixon, Snowboard Canada Women's Annual, and Snowboarder Magazine.
1st: Nora Healey $700 + Flight and Accommodation to Finals in Tahoe (Lahouts, Waterville Valley Resort, WVBBTS/SEF)
2nd: Mary Rand $500 (Loon, Civil, 32, V2, Volcom, Ass Industries, Rome)
3rd: Maggie Leon $300 (Capita, Union, 32, Killington Parks, Darkside, Smith Helmets, VonZipper, Roar Sports Drink, Original Skateboards, Snuglife)
4th: Molly Turner
5th: Katie Kennedy
1st: Theresa Kewley $250
2nd: Nora Healey $100 (Lahouts, Waterville Valley Resort, WVBBTS/SEF)
3rd: Mary Rand $50 (Loon, Civil, 32, V2, Volcom, Ass Industries, Rome)
Dakine Best Trick: Nora Healey $100 (Lahouts, Waterville Valley Resort, WVBBTS/SEF)
Nixon Style Award: Lily Calabrese (Niche Snowboards, Darkside, UVMST)
VZ Rag Doll Award: Melissa Morin (The Snowboard Shack)
January 26th: Blue Mountain, ON
February 9th: Lake Louise, AB
February 16th: Big White, BC
March 10th (Sunday): Mont Saint-Sauveur, QC
March 23rd: Loon Mountain, NH
April 6th: Finals with Jamie Anderson: Sierra-at-Tahoe, CA
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