Day 2 of USASA Nationals saw some incredible riding. Here’s some highlights.
The Open Class racing at GS was in the words of TS Noah Cermak, “phenomenal.” 22-year-old Mike Trapp came from behind in the finals for his second win in as many days. Madeline Wiencke followed suit, taking home gold medals in Slalom and Giant Slalom as well. The course ran really well with favorable conditions on each course witch kept it balanced and exciting for the racers and spectators.
The Slalom side of things saw a DQ-free day with the little guys and big guys charging. We stopped to watch some of the action as parents screamed, coaches scraped boards and the Menehune and Breaker boys category battled it out, going head-to-head for the podium spots. For the Menehune Boys, your 2011 Nationals winners are Kirk Tears of Essex Junction, VT, Cameron Chaney of Vail, CO, and Cody “Shrimpdizzle” Winters. Breaker Boys leaders are Grant Abrahamson of Chanhassen, MN, Dylan Udolf of West Hartford, CT and Griffin Hanes of Oakville, NY.
Like the other venues, Halfpipe faced aggressively cold conditions and gusting winds all through qualifiers with the sun warming things up for finals. Group 5 threw down impressing the judges with huge amplitude and run variety. The standout trick of the day came from bib 1042, Brandon Davis of Mammoth Lakes, CA with a massive Haakkon Flip 6 feet out of the pipe on hit one in his second run. Group 5 consists of Youth Men (14-15), Junior Men (16-17), and Jams Men (18-22). The judges were impressed with the youngest category, Youth Men, really stepping it up on amplitude, technicality and style.
A Pair of Racers Battle it out on Slalom.
Competitiors sample the goods outside of the competition courses.