The Dew Tour Mountain Championships continued on Saturday in Breckenridge, Colorado, with Kaitlyn Farrington winning the women’s snowboard superpipe finals and Shaun White taking the men’s.
The contest took place under snowy skies and freezing temperatures, which created adverse conditions in the pipe, which ran slowly, affecting many riders’ ability to cleanly stomp a full run.
Kelly Clark, who has earned first place in the past 16 out of 17 superpipe contests, was affected by the crummy conditions and fell on both of her runs. Kelly is one of the most consistent women’s pipe riders in the world, and her falls were uncharacteristic, proving inclement weather can hinder even the best riders.
Farrington was the only lady shredder to land both of her runs, which helped her to earn first place. Her best run was scored 90.00, which was a full ten points higher than that earned by the second place finisher, Queralt Castellet, and almost twenty points higher than that earned by Maddy Shaffrick, who rounded out the podium.
“I’m really excited because it’s the first big contest of the year,” said Farrington following the contest. “I was just stoked to land both of my runs and come out on top. It all came together for me.”
Directly after the women’s event, the top ten men’s riders had their chance in the massive 22-foot superpipe. As always, it was Shaun White’s show, as he grabbed the top spot with his first run’s score of a 95.25. White was unaffected by the falling snow, and stomped a run that included his signature trick, the double mctwist 1260, which he has recently re-dubbed the “tomahawk.” White did fumble in his second run and fell on a stock backside 900 near the bottom of the pipe, after missing his grab.
“I’m very excited,” said White to a sprawling crowd of fans and media, who snapped photos of the fiery-haired superstar. “I’m coming off a knee injury and a wrist surgery, and to ride like I did, it’s great. You always question how you’re going to feel when you come back in the first contest of the season. To get a win, with runs like that, it’s great.”
Click the photo above to see all the action captured through the lens of Snowboarder magazine’s Ryan “Huggy” Hughes.
Women’s Snowboard Superpipe Final Results
1. Kaitlyn Farrington, Sun Valley, Idaho, 90.00. 2. Queralt Castellet, Spain, 80.00. 3. Maddy Schaffrick, Steamboat Springs, Colo., 71.75. 4. Torah Bright, Australia, 66.00. 5. Kelly Clark, West Dover, Vt., 44.75. 6. Elena Hight, South Lake Tahoe, Calif., 39.50.
Men’s Snowboard Superpipe Final Results
1. Shaun White, Carlsbad, Calif., 95.25. 2. Louie Vito, Bellefontaine, Ohio, 90.00. 3. Taku Hiraoka, Japan, 81.50. 4. Christian Haller, Switzerland, 77.00. 5. Ayumu Hirano, Japan, 72.75. 6. Nathan Johnstone, Australia, 66.75. 7. Markus Malin, Finland, 64.50. 8. Brett Esser, Breckenridge, Colo., 61.25. 9. Greg Bretz, Mammoth Lakes, Calif., 57.75. 10. Scott Lago, Seabrook, NH, 10.50.
Superpipe Men’s Hightlights: