The Launch 2018 at Woordward Copper – Day 3 Photos and Highlights

photos: E-Stone, T. Bird, Mary Walsh, and Mark Clavin

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It was bright blue in Summit County when day 3 of The Launch started. The late-March sun warmed up the groomers and as the clock hit 10am, a swarm of young riders rolled into the Woodward Copper park. Day 2 had been a long one, lasting until the sun dipped below the ridgelines (watch the hip and jump sessions in the day 2 video), but the under-21 set here at Copper has the endless energy of a Tesla charging station, so on Wednesday, the park was filled firing, once again.

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They call this Woodward Copper because it is where the kids come to test their medal.
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First thing in the morning, a small session started on the first rail island with all eyes focused on the pole jam on the rider’s left. Xander Raith was killing it with front blunts to regs while Sean Neary opted to grab chicken salad with his blunts. Little guy Ian Mattioli came all the way over from Italy to session and he was capitalizing on the opportunity as he laced some proper boardslides and front boards. Keegan Hosefros was killing it alongside Pat Fava and Miles Fallon while the session was capped off by local poacher and “Foreword” roster member Dylan Alito. All in all it set the tone for a crazy day three at Copper.

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Justin Phipps and Jadyn Chomlack kicked off a tranny finding session, launching off a quarter on the left side of the park and touching down on the jump landing below. Keegan Hosefros, Lucas Foster, Matty Cox, Sean Neary, Denver Orr, Storm Rowe, Asher Humphreys, and Jack Coyne proceeded to go full self-check out, cashing in on backside rodeos (Matty), tucknees (Storm and Phipps), and bloody Draculas (Asher).

To round out the morning sessions dialing up throughout the park, Denver Orr, AJ Ronning, Alexis Rolland, Brody Sanderson, Ezekiel Goebel, Dylan Okurowski, Jack Coyne and about twenty others stopped lapping and started hiking the down-flat-down in the middle of the Woodward Copper rail section.  Check the Facebook Live below for a fraction of the tricks that went down.

Immediately following the rail session, Dylan Okurowski took it upon himself to summon his inner Krusty Garcia and Hippie-Hop the tire feature in the top of the park. Miles Fallon joined up to snag a quick fast plant to fakie before sitting back to watch the hometown kid do his thing. Battling for about a half hour before stomping the eight foot drop sans bindings, everyone watching from the deck to the chairlift went wild.

Despite Colorado’s landlocked postion in the US, a wave of partyboarding rose steadily in the afternoon. Sy Moran and Craig Gouweloos kicked off a doubles session on the hip and were backed up by Matty Cox and Asher Humphreys and Pat and Joey Fava. Jack Wiley, Sean FitzSimons, Spencer Vaughan, and Xander Cornaby rallied as a quad and hit both sides of the hip and both quarters at once like a Fourth of July air show.

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Stay tuned for more action from The Launch 2018 with daily photo and video updates on @snowboardermag and @woodwardcopper and #TheLaunch2018 for up-to-the-minute updates from Woodward Copper.

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