Round 12 of the 2012 Battle Of The Brands is a wrap. Capita beat out Nike and is now moving to the next round.Read More
After 3 months of qualifiers and some amazing riding in the incredible Sessions Park the Nike Chosen AM has finally been announced.
In a packed cinema in downtown Silvretta Montafon, Austria the Crews and AMs that made it through to the finals gathered to see who would be crowned the ultimate winner.
With 3 days of Facebook voting and over 15 thousand votes cast to decide the top 3 AMs, the Nike Pros were given the task of making the final call.
With $10K, a trip to BC and a full Nike product pack on the line the AMs held it down as Danny Kass played their best action of the week to the assembled crowd and Pros who then voted for their favourite rider.
Felix Georgii (GER), Enzo Nilo (FRA) and Markus Mathis (SWI) were all in the running but it was Markus that gained the most Pro votes and was named The Chosen.
Words & Photos: Laura Austin
Another sunny day with nothing but blue skies graced Mammoth Mountain for the Grand Prix Halfpipe finals. You have to hand it to the park crews this year, despite the less than optimal snow conditions plaguing North America they are still able to step up with amazing features, and that definitely was the case with the pipe today.
The men took to the pipe first in their two run final. Most having trouble sticking their initial run all the way through with a score of 68.2 holding the top spot through most of run one until Zack Black snuck in with an 86.4. Luke Mitrani was definitely a standout with his lofty double Michael Chuck right out of the gate, earning him the Maloof Best Trick that was accompanied with a $10,000 check. Top qualifier, Louie Vito, threw down an impressive first run which included a double crippler and higher amplitude on every hit than most of the competition. This run put him into the lead with a 94.2.
As the second run rolled around it was Greg Bretz who knocked Louie Vito out of the top podium position with a solid run earning him a 95. Luke came back and cleaned up his second run, landing everything smoothly, and once again throwing a giant double Michael Chuck on his first hit. Luke improved to a 90, locking him into a 3rd place position. The only rider left, Louie Vito, earned himself a victory lap which he took full advantage of throwing 3 double-corks and a HUGE roast beef on his last hit, improving his score to a 98.2. This win made him the national champ earning him a 20k purse, plus the 10k for first place. Definitely not a bad day for Louie Vito. Following Louie was Greg Bretz, and then Luke Mitrani with that third place spot.
On the ladies side, the field was opened up with the absence of Kelly Clark but Elena Hight, Kaitlyn Farrington, and Ellery Hollingsworth were still in the mix. Young 14-year-old Arielle Gold was a head turner, not only because of her full tiger print outfit, but she held pretty good amplitude throughout her whole run earning her a 84.6. Kaitlyn Farrington put down a solid first run. Ellery stepped up next including a cab 9 and an inverted 720 into her run moving her into 3rd place. But after all was said and done with not much moving of positions, it was Elena Hight earning herself a victory lap which included a beautiful alley oop backside rodeo on her last hit.
Couldn’t have asked for better conditions for a halfpipe contest, granted the sun made one side of the pipe pretty soft, but everyone was in high spirits. Congrats to all the riders, and as for the Grand Prix… see you next year.
Mammoth Grand Prix Halfpipe Results
1st - Louie Vito
2nd - Greg Bretz
3rd - Luke Mitrani
1st - Elena Hight
2nd - Kaitlyn Farrington
3rd - Ellery Hollingsworth
Want to find out in explicit detail what went down at the 2012 European Open Slopestyle finals? Go no further.Read More
Words & Photos: Sean Kerrick Sullivan
The Dew Tour made its third and final stop at Snowbasin, UT over the weekend, and what a weekend it was. With some of your typical big dogs elsewhere at other contests, the young and the hungry got their chance to shine as the podium was finally in reach. I mean common, do you really want to drop in before Shaun White? On another note, word is Snowbasin's contract is up with Alli Sports, leaving people asking, well then where is stop 3 gonna be? Where are the championships gonna be? Rumor has it that Alli may convert all their energy towards a SINGLE contest, thus making much better use of their resources, and getting on a level to compete with the X-Games. I asked a few competitors how they would feel about a move like that, but all I want to know is what Bridges and Terje think of that......
Dew Tour Superpipe Results:
1. Louie Vito
2. Iouri Podladtchikov
3. Spencer Shaw
1. Kelly Clark
2. Gretchen Bleiler
3. Xuetong Cai
On Sunday January 22nd, 2012 Snowboarder Magazine returned to the Socal roots of the terrain park revolution for the first stop of the 2012 Superpass Superpark Qualifying Series. Over thirty of Mountain High, California’s finest park contenders fought it out on the three-jump course for three runs to determine which rider had the chops to earn a coveted invite to Superpark 16.Read More
The second stop of the Dew Tour made its way back east for the Pantech Invitational, held at Killington, Vermont. With light snow falling throughout the day, the 12 riders in the finals put on an impressive show, where 1080’s and double corks were mandatory tricks for anyone who had made it this far.Read More
Inner Monologue of a Kid at the Volcom PBRJ at Mammoth
Words: Burne Carraway
Photos: Peter Morning
Here we go, first rail jam ever. Is this going to be fun? Registration seems super tense, the girl signing up right now is yelling at the people as she hands over her forms, that’s probably not going to get her anywhere. I wonder if these people are the judges. Shit I should have brought them coffees, oh well. Whoa the girl handing out the forms is really hot, I’ll flash her a smile in case she’s a judge— or single.
Alright let’s take a look at this setup, looks like a 40-foot down bar, ooh it’s round too that’s rad. Weird little bonk to dance floor, not too sure what I’ll do with that. The urban compound area looks pretty cool, I love a ledge and I love a bunch of ledges even more. WTF, one of these things is even real concrete, this is going to break people off. I bet someone’s going to frontflip off the grassy part though. Whatever I’ll just ‘boo’ him and hopefully people will join in.
OK who’s up first, open class? Perfect, I’ll watch these guys and steal ideas for tricks on the weird little bonk. These kids are good. Hard way back three on the down bar? I’m going to get embarrassed in this thing. Holy shit that kid just transferred from the ledge over to the dance floor. I’m starting to think this might be a bad idea, I better tighten my boots and go take a warm up lap.
This whole park is like a contest, every one of these kids has a number, even the girl who just fell getting off the lift. I’ll bet she does well today. Most these kids are really good though, hope they’re not in my heat.
Shit, they’re all in my heat. What are these kids wearing? Half of them look like the morning after a Halloween party at a frat house, and they all look like they belong on the Vice ‘Don’ts’. Tensions up here at the start mound are about as high as most of these kids, someone should crack a joke and lighten the mood. No way in hell am I going first, I’ll let this sucker go. Boardslide? Perfect, that’ll make this front one on, half cab off look a lot more impressive. Hiking this thing is miserable, but the contest is really fun, I just wish there was a way I didn’t have to walk. What’s next, I’ll get a spinny-tapper move on this bonk real quick. Jesus, am I the only kid here without a coach? What’s the difference between a soccer mom and snowboard coach? The coach! Heyooo they liked that one up here. Now where do I begin with these ledges? Well that kid just gapped over the close-out with a back three on, back three off. Nuts. Onto the concrete ledge too, this is getting dangerous, I’ll let this kid to do a stupid 50-50 and follow him up with a front three on. That was terrifying. Still a bunch of time left, but I think I’m tapped out for quality tricks, I’ll just ride this down bar while I have the chance. There it is! Costume kid just kid a front flip, at least a couple people joined in on the booing. At what level of snowboarding is a frontflip off a rail acceptable?
That heat flew by, I’m really glad my crappy shop sponsor talked me into doing this. Alright awards, let’s get this show on the road because the sun is going down quick. Everyone acts so cool when they win, I suppose that’s classy, otherwise the losers would feel even worse about themselves. Wow, I seriously just won this thing? Maybe all these other kids were too shocked to be excited because I’m not really sure what to do either. Actually I take that back, I’m gonna go back to the registration room and see if that cute girl with the forms wants to go to the concert at Hyde with me tonight, yeah that’s what I’ll do.
Here’s the other winners:
15 and under
1- Joshua Douglas
2- Patrick Fava
3- Judd Henkes
4- Brock Crouch
5- Matt Williams
16 and over
1- Burne Carraway
2- Plake Pascher
3- Thomas Baxter
4- Steve Lally
5- Gabe Schamberg
1- Mariah Dugan
2- Joanna Dzierzawski
3- Nirvana Ortanez
4- Danika Duffy
5- Erin McCabe
1- Frank Knab
2- Scott Hoffman
3- Garrett Warnick
4- Matt Guntert
5- Jimmy Goodman
Words: Austin Smith
Photos & Captions: Darcy Bacha
Each year the Dirsken Derby gets bigger and better and this year was no exception. A contest that was started by Josh Dirksen as a fundraiser for Tyler Eklund whom was paralyzed snowboarding during USASA nationals in 2007. It began as a friendly rally race among the locals of mt. Bachelor but this year proved that it has become something much more. Mt baker locals and shredders Matt Edgars, Blair Habenicht, Maria Debari, Forest Burki, Shaun McKay, John Laing, Jake Blauvelt and Michael Anderson came to stake their claim but the main attraction was Terje Haakonsen's arrival from Norway. There were over 300 competitors and it was a fine group of snowboards I was proud to be a part of. However for all I am concerned there were only two people in this race, Curtis Ciszek and myself, an epic battle for glory and shit talking rights for another year. This easily wins my vote for best contest in snowboarding.
Derby Elites Winners
1. Curtis Ciszek
2. Austin Smith
3. Scotty Wittlake
Men 14-49 Winners
1. Knut Eliasson
2. Blair Habenitch
3. Dustin Anderson
1. Maria Debari
2. Macy Price
3. Kelly Underwood/ Desiree Melancon
Get full results here.
Temperatures dipped to a frigid low today at Stratton Mountain, but that didn’t keep the competition from heating up in the men’s and women’s slopestyle semi-finals at the 29th annual Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships presented by MINI. Ten men and six women advanced to the US Open slopestyle finals, which take place this Friday, March 11th.Read More