photos: Ryan “Huggy” Hughes
The Billabong Flaunt It Finals went down this weekend at Sierra-at-Tahoe on Saturday, with Jamie Anderson co-hosting the event at her home resort. Jessika Jenson from Kelly Canyon, Idaho was the defending champion, who again came out on top pocketing the $5000 USD Slopestyle cheque.
Jenson impressed the judges (which included guest snowboard legend Chad Otterstrom) all day long with her variety of style and progression. Jenson's first place run started with a switch frontboard 270 out on the box, to cab 540 to backside 540 on the jumps, and finished off her run with a switch boardslide 270 out on the down tube. Canada's Samm Denena came in second incorporating a stylish backside rodeo 540 in her run, with third place going to Michelle Zeller from Colorado.
The afternoon rail jam featured an assortment of 4 rails with a variation of down rails, tubes and close outs. The ladies rode the setup with confidence and threw down impressive tricks. LeJawn Allen from Utah locked down first place with a hardway frontside 180- switch backside 180 out on the down tube, before an epic bail on a later attempt took her out of the contest. Lynn Neil from Utah came close by in second with a switch frontside lipslide 270 off the down tube, followed by Jessika Jenson with a switch boardslide 270 off.
Jennifer Englot took home her second Nixon Style Award of the series with her late backside 180's, and Jessica Gibson claimed the VonZipper Ragdoll award and a brand new pair of goggles for her efforts.
Thank you to all our sponsors and supporters, including Aston Lakeland Village Resort for accommodations in South Lake Tahoe. Thank you to Evolution Physical Therapy for providing physiotherapy services treating the competitors with expertise.
Billabong Flaunt It Finals is proudly supported by VonZipper, Dakine, Nixon, Snowboard Canada Women's Annual, Snowboarder Magazine, Luna Bar and Chipotle Mexican Grill.
1st: Jessika Jenson (Ride, 32, Electric, Sandbox, US Snowboarding)
2nd: Samm Denena (Roxy, Nibz, Detour, Kahona)
3rd: Michelle Zeller (GNU, Roxy, Smith, FLUX)
4th: Jenna Blasman (Billabong, VonZipper, GNU)
5th: Rebecca Bruce (Forum)
1st: LeJawn Allen
2nd: Lynn Neil (Roxy, Smith, Monster)
3rd: Jessika Jenson (Ride, 32, Electric, Sandbox, US Snowboarding)
4th: Samm Denena (Roxy, Nibz, Detour, Kahona)
5th: Mariah Dugan (Arbour, Flux, Smith, Outdoor Tech)
Dakine Best Trick: Samm Denena $200 (Roxy, Nibz, Detour, Kahona)
Nixon Style Award: Jennifer Englot (Unlimited Skate and Snow, Long Collective, VonZipper, Burton "Know Buddy")
VZ Rag Doll Award: Jessica Gibson (Arcade Belts, Mountain Riders)
720 for $700: Michelle Zeller (GNU, Roxy, Smith, FLUX)
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