Words & Photos: Laura Austin
Do you know how difficult it is to try to do a write-up for a slopestyle competition while one of the biggest nights in Hollywood is going on? Who am I kidding, I don't really even pay attention to pop culture anyway. All that aside, today the Superpass event went down in Waterville Valley, NH. Normally when you wake up and look at the window to see fresh powder on the ground it's a good thing, but when a slopestyle contest is on your agenda… maybe not so much.
Luckily the powdery conditions didn't slow the competitors down too much. And as Avert Guldemond, Superpass Event Director, mentioned in these contests it is more about quality than quantity, and that was definitely the case in Waterville, New Hampshire as the event showcased some of the top talent coming out of the area, and some of the best riders we have seen thus far in the Superpass series. Leading the pack was Merrick Joyce with a 720 into a cab 900 taking both 1st place and best trick that day. Other names you might recognize who were sprinkled throughout the competition were Nick Julius, Brandon Honeycutt, and Jack Herald just to name a few.
Huge thanks to the park staff and Waterville Valley for for hosting the event…Volcom, Electric, High Cascade Snowboard Camp and Capita for providing prizes and support… and of course Mother Nature for allowing me to have a few pow runs after the competition was over. See you at the next Superpass stop at Bear Mountain on March 19th. For more info check out our Superpass Post.
Superpass Waterville Valley 2011 Results
1st – Merrick Joyce
2nd – Alex Rodway
3rd- Brendon Hart
Best Trick- Merrick Joyce