April 2, 2012
The Billabong Flaunt It Finals with Jamie Anderson, presented by Sony Ericsson was held at Sierra-at-Tahoe this past weekend. The 4* TTR World Snowboard Tour event hit some initial bad luck on Saturday as the mountain was forced to close due to 100 mile per hour winds at the peak and threats of an oncoming storm, whichproduced 18 inches of fresh snow for Sunday morning. The competitors enjoyed some deep turns in between practice laps Sunday morning in preparation for the event, with theclouds clearing leaving nothing but blue skies as the event kicked off.
Jessika Jenson from Kelly Canyon, Idaho took home the grand prize of $5,000 winning first place in the Slopestyle event. She locked down a switch 270 onto the gap-to down box, followed by a switch boardslide 270 off the pole jam, to a cab 540 and finishing off with a big backside 540 off the final 50-foot jump. Jenson was followed by Lynn Neil from Jackson Hole, Wyoming in second place and California's Rel Friedman in third place.
For the Rail Jam, Sierra-at-Tahoe put the competitors skills to the test with a massive set up containing 6 features, including a stair set and an unforgiving gap with some definite consequences. Canada's Breanna Stangeland locked in a perfect backlip pretzel out on the staircase down rail, landing her in first place for the Rail Jam. Rel Freidman came in second with a backside 180 switch 50-50 on the down rail, with third place going to Billabong and Von Zipper rider Jenna Blasman with a cab 180 gap to switch 50-50 backside 180 out on the down flat down.
The Dakine Best Trick went to Lynn Neil's cab 540 stale, and New Zealand's Christy Prior earned the Nixon Style Award killing it all day long. Jessika Jenson paid for her technical tricks with the Von Zipper Rag Doll Award by taking a heavy tumble on the rail setup.
A big thanks to Sierra-at-Tahoe and all Flaunt It Sponsors for a successful grand finale of the Flaunt It tour!
1st: Jessika Jenson $5000 (Ride, Cassette, ThirtyTwo, Nayborhood)
2nd: Lynn Neil $2000 (Arbour, Flux, Smith, Basics, Wasatch Project)
3rd: Rel Friedman $1000 (Betty Rides, Vans, 720 Boardshop)
4th: Christy Prior $300 (Mountain Dew New Zealand, Electric, Underground Skate)
5th: Jenna Blasman $150 (Billabong, VonZipper, Gnu, Sanction)
1st: Breanna Stangeland $700 (Forum, Special Blend, The Source, Smith)
2nd: Rel Friedman $300 (Betty Rides, Vans, 720 Boardshop)
3rd: Jenna Blasman $200 (Billabong, VonZipper, Gnu, Sanction)
4th: Christy Prior $100 (Mountain Dew New Zealand, Electric, Underground Skate)
5th: Femke Henriques $50 (Nikita)
Dakine Best Trick: Lynn Neil $200 (Arbour, Flux, Smith, Basics, Wasatch Project)
Nixon Style Award: Christy Prior (Mountain Dew New Zealand, Electric, Underground Skate)
VZ Rag Doll Award: Jessika Jenson (Ride, Cassette, ThirtyTwo, Nayborhood)
Blue Mountain, ON: Jan. 21st
Lake Louise, AB: Feb. 11th
Big White, BC: Feb. 18th
Mount Seymour, BC: Feb. 25th
Mont Saint-Sauveur, QC: March 10th
Waterville Valley, NH: March 17th
FINALS with Jamie Anderson: Sierra-at-Tahoe: March 31st
Billabong Flaunt It is proudly supported by Sony Ericsson, Contour, VonZipper, Dakine, Nixon, Snowboard Canada Women's Annual, and Snowboarder Magazine.
For all tour information, including registration, visit www.billabong.com/flauntit or visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/billabongflauntit