Day 4 Highlights: Open Slope, Holy Halfpipe, and Boardercross!
Copper Mountain, CO
It was a big day for the Menehune Boys(10-11) and Breaker Boys(12-13) at the halfpipe venue. I ran into the top two podium winners from Breakers at Endo’s throwing back a couple of root beers and chowing down on burgers to celebrate their big wins.
The pipe rode fast today. Max Jensesn, 13 years old from Rye, NH tore the pipe up with a McTwist, Frontside 720, Cab 360, Front 540, Backside 540 and an ally-oop rodeo. Joining Jensen on the podium, Maverick Shaw, 12 years old of Bondville VT had a run with Front and Backside 540’s a Front 7 and a Cab 360. Joining them on the podium was Eagle, CO rider Jake Pates. Jensen said the past was well cut and riding fast and the Breaker field was full of really good riders.
The Mehehune boys also had a strong showing. Toby Miller’s first run was huge, earning a 99.0. Second place finisher Cody Warble from Edward’s CO threw a massive Mctwist 7 that impressed judges and spectators. Blake Moller, also from Edwards was right behind nipping at these boy’s heels. There was a lot of talent in the pipe today. Aspen coach Ryan Jervis said he was really impressed with the caliber of riding out there today. “It was a really tough field from some young riders.”
Boardercross was for the men today. Men from the ages of 14-22 battled it out on a course that was hard and fast. Some riders had trouble with the first hit having to bunny hop up the face of the second one, but there was a lot of heart out there and no one let that stop them.
Right next door to Boardercross the slopestyle course hosted our Open Class riders. Ryan Stassel, a rider from the USASA National Team had this to say on the coursed, “It held up really well. It was really flat light through the morning but got a little better for finals. The setup was really great, the layout was fun, but I would have liked some bigger jumps.”
Brett Esser took the top honors for the men with a Cab 180 on the down rail and switch off, 270 on and off on the cannon, switch back nine, fronside 9, followed up with a cab 900. Ryan Stassel of Anchorage, AK took second and Chanhassen, MN rider Tyler Anderson took third.
Speaking on the day, Head Judge Shawn Carney said, “Even with the flat light there was a lot of girls hitting the big sides of the jumps with really progressive riding. The field was full and legit, with really good riding represented. We are definitely seeing growing talent in this group for both men and women.”
The women definitely held their own with Ty Walker of Stow, VT taking first, Maddie Mastro of Wrightwood, CA and Julianne Brackett of South Lake Tahoe, CA. Walker showed her skills on the jumps with a big floaty back 3, indy grab and a big back 3.
Max Jensen and Maverick Shaw celebrate their wins.