Day 3 Highlights
The sun was blazing today over the venues with the frigid temperatures of yesterday giving way to t-shirt weather today. Smiles were abundant for the third day of USASA Nationals with Open Class heading to the pipe, the ladies chilling at Boardercross, the boys throwing down on Slopestyle and the youngest and oldest competitors at the races. The wind picked up in the afternoon foretelling a potential stormy day tomorrow.
Open Class dominated the halfpipe today with the USASA National Team doing a Men’s podium sweep. Taylor Gold took the top spot and was joined by Brett Esser and Benjamin Farrow. Benji also took home the top spot in the USASA Monster Mash this afternoon. The ladies also impressed the judges, with the youngest Open Class competitor, Massie Mastro making it into finals at 11 years old. The women’s champion is Rebecca Sinclair of Frisco, CO, followed by Arielle Gold of Steamboat, CO and Jenna Dramise, USASA National Team Member from Truckee, CA.
Slopestyle saw some competitive riding that should be giving the Open class guys reason to pay attention. A double rodeo went down from Matt Chase, 15, from Chanhassen, MN who went on to finish fifth. Some of the runs that went down out there could have made finals in Open class. Note to the big boys: keep an eye out on the nine year olds. The gold in Youth Men(14-15) went to Peter Brichta of Burnsville MN, with Quinton Jones in second and Brett Moody in third. Men Jam’s(18-22) were led by Andrew Mcisaac who was joined on the podium by Joe Stein and Brandon Monehan.
Today was ladies day over at Boardercross with the Women’s groups for ages 10-22. TS Palmer was stoked coming down to see all the age groups showing really strong riding and no patrol calls. Women aged 10-22 flew down a very fast, challenging and technical course.
This afternoon a crowd once again climbed the steep pitch up to the halfpipe to check out the Monster Mash, a demo-style competition that brings together USASA athletes with pros to have a fun afternoon in the pipe. Danny Kass, Chad Otterstrom, and Brennen Swanson turned out to throw down with the USASA National Team and USASA Athletes. The stoke level was high as seven year olds shared the pipe with the pros. Benji Farrow took home the top honors of the Mash receiving a massive Monster trophy and $5,000 donated to USASA in his name.
Monster Energyʼs Danny Kass, a former USASA competitor who went on to take two silver Olympic medals, is living proof that USASA shapes snowboardingʼs future stars. “For the second time only Monster brings all the pros back home to the USASA Nationals in Copper Mountain,” said Danny Kass. “The nationals is where all the top competitive snowboarders started and learned the tools they would need to reach their highest achievements. I started my first nationals at age 12 and continued in it until I was 18. It is exciting for me to ride and see the next generation of shredders on a long road to the X Games and hopefully the Olympics.”