Huntington Beach, CA (February 14, 2011) – Quiksilver rider Eric Willett won slopestyle at the final Dew Tour stop, the Toyota Championships, held this weekend in Utah. The Breckenridge, CO-local’s score of 97.25 was the highest score for a slopestyle run in Dew Tour history. This weekend’s win landed Willett in third place for the Overall 2010-11 Winter Dew Tour title.
“The level of riding out here today was amazing,” says Willett. “We all went out to push ourselves and ended up putting down big runs as a group. I’m so stoked to have come out to Utah and win.”
After many trips onto Dew Tour podiums, this weekend’s win was Willett’s first trip to the top. Performing well under pressure, he pulled together a nearly flawless second run punctuated by a switch double back 1260 to win.
In the jib section, Willett smoothly pieced together a 50-50 to backside lipslide on the first rail, to boardslide switch up frontside boardslide on the A-frame, finishing it up with a boardslide 450 off the cannon. But it was the 22-year-old’s stomping of a switch double back 1260, currently considered one of the hardest tricks in snowboarding, and a double 1080 in the jump line that solidified a big score from the judges.
Willett’s now headed to Norway to compete in this week’s The Arctic Challenge. From there his Euro trip continues at the River Jump in Livigno, Italy and onto the European X Games, where he’ll defend his 2010 gold.
Follow Willett and the entire Quiksilver snow team at Quiksilver.com/snow.
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