Created: 02 April 2019

The second day of snowboard competition at the 2019 USASA Nationals Championships was filled with blue skies and history making moments in every age group from Ruggies to Methuselahs. Here are just a few:

Southwest Freeride Series directors and husband and wife duo Tony and Tiffany Hinojosa, had a day to remember in slopestyle competition on Monday, with each taking second place in the Legends category.


Chinese phenom Patty Zhou showed once again that the future of snowboarding is bright indeed, as the 7-year-old claimed her third gold medal in as many competitions by winning the girls Ruggie slopestyle competition, adding to her wins on Sunday in the halfpipe and rail jam.

The “most experienced” competitor of the 2019 USASA Nationals is 73-year-old Dick Schulze of Truckee, CA, who finished fourth in the men’s Methuselah category in slopestyle competition.

Big shout-out to Steele Stark of Phoenix, AZ, who was awarded a belated bronze medal for his performance in Sunday’s Grommet rail jam, after a clerical error saw his scores mixed up with another rider’s before awards were handed out on Sunday evening. He backed up that bronze with a gold medal performance in slopestyle Monday.

Southern Vermont Series’ Cole Paraiso sped his way to the fastest time of the day in the Donek Snowboardcross and earning a gold medal in Youth men and a free custom Donek snowboard.

Thirteen year-old Beck Lobben from the Upper Midwest Snow Series and Veda Hallen of the South Tahoe Series won the Hard Rock Riviera Maya Rail Jam under the lights Monday night. Lobben also took home Best Trick for a Boardslide through the down-flat-down-flat-down.

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