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:
It's that time of year again: the Winter Dew Tour returns to Breckenridge, Colorado, Dec. 13 to Dec. 16 for four days of ski and snowboard contests, concerts, and parties.
The event marks the first major ski and snowboard competition of the season, with the world's best skiers and snowboarders battling it out in three disciplines: slopestyle, halfpipe, and big air, which is making its debut this year.
Despite warm temperatures and minimal snowfall all across Colorado, the courses will be ready for the Dew Tour's only winter stop of this season. Breckenridge has been blowing snow around the clock and finally has enough white fluff to sculpt the 22-foot superpipe, slopestyle course, and big air jump, which will be the scene of action from pros including Shaun White, Bobby Brown, Jen Hudak, and Jamie Anderson.
In addition the on-mountain activities, the Dew Tour will also feature a film night and music night, featuring segments from the most influential films of the season, and hip-hop artists Mackelmore and Ryan Lewis. Both events will be held at Breckenridge's River Walk Center.
Check out what reigning halfpipe champ Louie Vito is looking forward to most, and see the full schedule of events for the Winter Dew Tour below.
Dew Tour Schedule of Events: Breckenridge, Colorado
Thursday, Dec. 13
Men's Freeski Superpipe Semi-Final
Women's Snowboard Slopestyle Semi-Final
Men's Snowboard Superpipe Semi-Final
Men's Freeski Big Air Final
Friday, Dec. 14
Dew Tour Experience
Women's Snowboard Superpipe Semi-Final
Women's Freeski Superpipe Final
Women's Snowboard Slopestyle Final
Men's Freeski Superpipe Final
Saturday, Dec. 15
Dew Tour Experience
Women's Snowboard Superpipe Final
Women's Freeski Slopestyle Semi-Final
Men's Snowboard Superpipe Final
Men's Freeski Slopestyle Semi-Final
Men's Snowboard Big Air Final
Sunday, Dec. 16
Dew Tour Experience
Women's Freeski Slopestyle Final
Men's Freeski Slopestyle Final
Men's Snowboard Slopestyle Final
Stay tuned to GrindTV.com for all the breaking action from Winter Dew Tour.
Photo courtesy of Aaron Dodds
Each season, competitive snowboarders become accustomed to life on the road as they travel the world on the professional contest circuit, known as the World Snowboard Tour. They catch early flights, live out of board-bags, weather long layovers, eat foreign foods, and endure unpredictable conditions as they pursue their dream.
The competitive season runs from December through April and is stacked with elite events that are ranked from one to six stars. These events offer riders the chance to earn points toward the international ranking system, which dictates standings and contest eligibility.
In conjunction with earning points and providing a place to prove oneself, these events are also the way many riders earn their paychecks.
Top-ranked events are important for fans, as well, as they provide an arena to cheer on favorite riders and create an atmosphere that pushes the overall progression of the sport.
With the highly anticipated Winter Olympics just over a year away, the competitive season of 2012 to 2013 is guaranteed to be one of the most progressive to date. In other words, the world's best riders will battle it out for the top-seeded spot on the World Snowboard Tour as they set their sights on attending the Sochi Games in 2014.
We've complied a list of the top-ranked events of 2012 and 2013:
Oakley Air & Style: 12/8/2012
Big Air Event
Winter Dew Tour: 12/13/2012-12/16/2012
Slopestyle, Halfpipe, Big Air
US Grand Prix: 12/17/2012-12/22/2012
Park City, Utah
US Grand Prix: 1/7/2013-1/12/2013
O'Neill Evolution: 1/7/2013-1/13/2013
Winter X Games: 1/24/2013-1/27/2013
Slopestyle, Halfpipe, Big Air
Billabong Air & Style: 1/31/2013-2/2/2013
Burton European Open: 2/4/2013-2/9/2013
Baker Banked Slalom: 2/8/2013-2/10/2013
Mt. Baker, Washington
Red Bull Supernatural: 2/14/2013-2/21/2013
Nelson, British Columbia
Burn River Jump: 2/18/2013-2/22/2013
Burton US Open: 2/25/2013-3/2/2013
The Arctic Challenge: 3/62013-3/9/2013
Halfpipe, Big Air
EuroX Games: 3/20/2013-3/22/2013
Slopestyle, Halfpipe, Big Air
Tailgate Alaska: 3/29/2013-4/7/2013
Backcountry, Heli operated
USASA Nationals: 3/30/2013-3/4/2013
Photo courtesy of Mike Yoshida/Snowboarder magazine
Two-time Olympic snowboard gold medalist and multiple X Games gold medalist Shaun White has mastered a new trick that has eluded him since 2009: the double alley-oop backside rodeo.
"It's like doing a reverse Gainer. You're running forward and doing a backflip or going backwards and doing a front flip," White said in an interview with ESPN. The trick's off-axis spin makes it incredibly difficult to land, which is why it has never been stomped in competition before.
Last February, White and his long-time sponsor Oakley set out to change that by holding a private halfpipe session at Northstar-at-Tahoe in California. White first attempted the trick in a foam pit until he felt confident he could land it on snow.
Now as the professional halfpipe season draws near, White and Oakley released a video of White stomping the trick, which shows he has it on lock.
According to ESPN, there are only two other riders, Danny Davis, and Elena Hight, who have ever landed the trick, and each did so after White. So will the double alley-oop backside rodeo be the ace in Shaun's back pocket--the card he'll play when the competition edges too close this season? We'll have to wait and see.
View the video below to see the trick and head to ESPN to read the interview with White.
Two-time Olympic gold medalist Shaun White, an action sports superstar with the appearance and stature more befitting a rock star, was charged with public intoxication and vandalism early Sunday at a Nashville hotel.
A police affidavit states that White, 26, also tried to attack a hotel guest who pursued him as he left the hotel. The guest, who said White appeared to have been intoxicated, claimed that after he had informed White that he had telephoned police, White collided with the man and fell and struck his head.
The affidavit also states that White appeared to be drunk.
An arrest mug shot (above right) reveals White, who was treated and released at a nearby hospital, sporting a black eye and with his long red hair tied back.
The Metropolitan Nashville Police Department was called to the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel at 2 a.m. Sunday. The department, in a news release, said it received a call "regarding an intoxicated man, reportedly White, who allegedly pulled a fire alarm at the hotel, which caused the evacuation of all guests."
According to a separate affidavit, White also was reported to have broken a hotel telephone. Hotel management refused to comment directly about White.
White was in Nashville to attend musician Patrick Carney's wedding Saturday night, according to People magazine.
According to the Associated Press, police say White was given the opportunity to sign misdemeanor citations but refused, and instead was issued an arrest warrant. He was released by police late Monday afternoon on his own recognizance. His court date was scheduled for Oct. 10.
Early Tuesday morning White issued an apology statement on his Facebook page: "I want to apologize for the unwise choices I made over the weekend and for any inconvenience it caused my family, friends, business partners, the hotel, and their guests. I was celebrating a happy occasion with a ton of family and friends and got carried away. I'm truly sorry for my poor behavior."
White, also a star skateboarder, earned Olympic gold medals for his prowess in the snowboarding halfpipe at the 2006 and 2010 Winter Olympics.
Over the years the Southern California phenom with the long and lustrous hair has been a perennial medalist in both sports at the X Games. He has a combined 16 X Games gold medals.
More recently he has been enjoying more of a Hollywood lifestyle, wearing expensive leather clothing and spending lots of time in Hollywood, mingling with celebrities. He has been romantically linked to Israeli supermodel Bar Refaeli.
Said Pat Bridges, editor of Snowboarder magazine: "I won't go on the record saying if this is the first time Shaun White has exhibited such behavior as an adult. But I can say for certain that it is the first time he has been arrested for it."
-- Shaun White's police mug shot is courtesy of the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department. Second image is by Andrew H. Walker / Getty Images