Chloe Kim and Stale Sandbech Take Home Top Spots At Dew Tour Breckenridge—Photos
words: T. Bird | Photos: Mark Clavin
The final day of Dew Tour in Breckenridge, Colorado was a doozie to say the least, with the headlining acts being women's modified superpipe and men's slopestyle. Both events were tweaked to suit a new contest format, which made for an exciting, action-packed day. The women took to the modified pipe in the morning, with some of the world's best facing off in the behemoth.
The finals riders were Chloe Kim, Queralt Castellet, Maddie Mastro, Jiayu Liu, Haruna Matsumoto, Zoe Kalapos, Arielle Gold and Summer Fenton. However, when it all came down to it, Chloe Kim once again proved to the world that she's not just a pipe rider, as she put down a run in the 90s to take the win that included some ridiculously technical combos as well as traditional jump tricks on the first and last hits that scored her a 94.67 on her first run that ended up holding all day for the win. Maddie Mastro had her big introduction to the scene as well, landing in second place with an 88 even and Queralt Castellet rounded out the top three with an 85.33. On a windless, sunny day, the women's superpipe went off and was immediately followed by the men's slopestyle.
Slopestyle was formatted a bit differently this year, as they compartmentalized jumps and rails and turned it into a two-part event, with the top score being a 200. The start list was stacked with Takeru Otsuka, Sven Thorgren, Mikey Ciccarelli, Darcy Sharpe, Tyler Nicholson, Yuki Kadono, Kyle Mack, Stale Sandbech, Sebastien Toutant, Red Gerard, Mons Roisland and Chris Corning hitting the three-pack of jumps first. Youngster Takeru Otsuka shocked the world with a 1620 and two 1440s, outing down a mind-melting score of 98 to take the win in jumps while fellow countryman Yuki Kadono was hot on his heels with a 93 and Stale completing the top three with a 91.33. Other contenders heading into the rail event were local boy Chris Corning, Tyler Nicholson and Mons Roisland, all who had scores in the 80s.
Takeru was certainly the favorite when the rail event kicked off, as he was sitting on a 98, but he would end up in 4th place, as he wasn't able to put down a line that would give him the win. Likewise, Yuki Kadono ended up in 5th place and was having trouble putting a run to his feet. However, it was an insane day for Stale as his combined score of 181.33 was good enough for the Dew Tour slopestyle win. In second was Chris Corning with a 180 even and in third, the Norwegian Mons Roisland who scored a 178.33.
The Dew Tour is done for 2018 but that doesn't mean that we won't be back next year with some of the best riders in the world battling it out for tens of thousands of dollars in prize money. Thanks for tuning in and enjoy the gallery. Happy holidays from everyone at SNOWBOARDER Magazine and huge thanks to the entire Dew Tour team for an amazing week.