Recap: Heather Hendricks
Captions: Pat Bridges
For seven years, Snowboarder Magazine has recognized the need for an exclusive women’s park setup that focuses on the evolution of the sport by bringing together the world’s best female snowboarders in an atmosphere where pressure is minimal and progression is pinnacle. And that is definitely the case with this year’s Ms Superpark 7 presented by Gatorade.
Ms Superpark is the highly acclaimed spring event that invites top lady riders to show their individual creativity, drive, and passion for snowboarding. The first day of the 2011 event kicked off today at Keystone Resort in Summit County, Colorado under blinding sun and cloudless skies.
For over two weeks, Keystone’s Park Crew has been busy creating the advanced setup in the notorious Area 51 Terrain Park and their diligence is evident. The crew of 18 has been working tirelessly to create the pristine setup that is innovative and straight up gnarly.
The park spans two sections of Area 51 and boasts a bunch of different features that can be hit anyway imaginable. From three lofty jumps up top, to the whales tail, to the quarterpipe, or the log tap, there’s features for everyone.
This morning, over fifty ladies made their way to park and the first reaction from many was that they were super stoked on the setup, but a bit surprised at the size of some of the features. A handful of jumps have large gaps in them making the consequences high if not hit with enough speed or precision.
As the ladies loosened up, everyone was sending the first and second jump, but few even attempted the third. Jenny Jones broke the mold and was one of the first girls to spin off the massive third table top. Her confident, elegant style is revered by many of the younger riders and rightfully so- the girl rips. When asked about the jumps, Jenny said, “They’re lovely, absolutely lovely.”
After a morning session of feeling out the course and getting comfortable on the features, the girls sessioned the ‘whales tail’ which was also coined the ‘caterpillar,’ ‘the saddle’, and ‘double penetration’ by Megan Whiteside. Whiteside said the feature was super fun, but “you have to land perfectly on both the first jump and the step-down, or you’re gonna have a bad time.”
DC’s Kimmy Fasani was sending it on this feature and threw a back 180 off the pole jam and stomped a perfect 3 on the step-down. Fasani was one of the girls that lapped relentlessly today, saying she “probably took the chair at least 15 times and hiked 5 times.” Fasani also said, “this is the best Superpark setup yet, and [she’s] so stoked for it.” Her dedication was palpable and many of the girls looked to her for advice on speed and even what to spin on the features.
Also turning heads today was Roxy’s Torah Bright. The Australian ripper has been playing it low key this season, skipping all contests and staying out of the limelight. She returned today with a vengeance, sending it deep on the jumps and tweaking out grabs like she’s been riding a private slopestyle course all season.
Many other girls stood out today like Erin Comstock, Spencer O’Brien, Robin Van Gyn, Sarka Pancochova and Nikki Slecta, to name a few. The camaraderie between the girls is unreal, and the positive attitudes from all will ensure that as the week progresses, the riding and ultimately women’s snowboarding, will as well. Big thanks to Keystone Resort for putting together one hell of a setup this year.