Burtner and Richon Win Vans Big Air Competition

Sierra at Tahoe, Calif. (April 1, 2001) – Xavier DeLeRue and Line Oestvold are the official 2001 Vans Triple Crown of Snowboarding Champions as the 2001 Series came to a close this afternoon at the Ford Ranger North American Championships at Sierra at Tahoe, CA.

Under ideal weather conditions, the Ford Ranger North American Championships came to a close today with the Big Air Finals, where Jessie Burtner and Pauline Richon claimed the top spots at the final leg of the Vans Triple Crown of Snowboarding in Sierra at Tahoe.

Burtner scored a 37.1 on his first jump when he stuck a picture perfect Cab 900 Double Grab, which would hold up the entire afternoon as he scored his first Vans Triple Crown of Snowboarding victory of the season. He was nearly two full points ahead of his nearest competitors; Jim Rippey, who saved his skills for the third round when he scored a 35.3, finished in second with Steven Simmons just behind in third place with a best score of 35.2.

“It’s great to have won here at Sierra at Tahoe today,” said Burtner. “I did well all weekend, so it was nice that I took that momentum into the finals and I came up big. I’m really happy with my performance over the past few days.”

The Ford Ranger North American Championships provided a perfect close to the final leg of the Vans Triple Crown of Snowboarding as competition was very tight among the top-five riders. Less than three points separated the top five competitors with Rahm Klampert finishing in fourth with a score of 35.1 and Louie Fountain just behind in fifth with a score of 34.4.

Leading the way in the women’s division was Pauline Richon who stomped a huge Backside 360 Tail Grab on her first jump of the competition to record a score of 31.2. The top qualifier in the preliminary rounds, Richon served up unmatched amplitude from the start and would not be moved from her place atop the leader board. “I’m sore all over from qualifying so I didn’t know what to expect today. I’m just glad I hung on to the first jump and won,” said Richon.

Joining Richon at the top of the leader board was Jessica Dalpiaz who recorded a best jump of 29.9 to earn a close second place finish; Jamie Macleod, Katrina Voutilainen and Allison Daniels rounded out the top-five.

The Vans Triple Crown of Snowboarding is one of the seven Vans Triple Crown Series in as many sports. Points are tabulated from the top three Snowboarding events of the season, including the competitions at Breckenridge, CO, Snow Summit, CA and Sierra at Tahoe, CA and the winner is crowned at the final event. Participants earn points from their highest scoring discipline at each of the three events. The winner in the men’s division will receive a 2001 Ford Ranger and the winner of the women’s division will receive a trip for two to the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing in Hawaii.

Men’s Final

1. Jessie Burtner (Seattle, Wash.) $6,000
2. Jim Rippey (Truckee, Calif.) $3,500
3. Steven Simmons (Running Springs, Calif.) $2,000
4. Rahm Klampert (Mammoth, Calif.) $1,500
5. Louie Fountain (Bend, Ore.) $1,000
6. Travis Williams (Canada) $800
7. Chris Wimbles (Canada) $600
8. Myles Hallen (Dillon, Colo.) $500
9. Eric Leines (Boulder, Colo.) $350
10. Curtis Woodman (Garden Valley, Calif.) $250

Women’s Final

1. Pauline Richon (France) $4,000
2. Jessica Dalpiaz (Truckee, Calif.) $2,500
3. Jamie Macleod (Sunapee, NH.) $1,000
4. Katrina Voutilainen (Truckee, Calif.) $600
5. Allison Daniels (Breckenridge, Calif.) $400