It was an avalanche of thrills in Breckenridge, Colorado on Saturday as the Dew Tour iON Mountain Championships continued with the world’s best snowboarders hitting the Superpipe and Big Air jump in Breckenridge.
Superstar phenom Shaun White dropped jaws with some incredible gravity-defying tricks to gain the Men’s Snowboard Superpipe Dew Cup, scoring a 95.25 in his first run to hold off the rest of the competitors. His run started with a huge backside air, followed by a frontside double cork 1080, a cab double cork 1080, a frontside stalefish 540, and his signature double McTwist 1260, ending with a stylish alley-oop backside rodeo. Last season’s Dew Cup champion Louie Vito placed second.
“I’m very excited,” said an exhilarated White after this win. “I’m coming off a knee injury and a wrist surgery, and to ride like I did, it’s great. You always question how you’re going to feel when you come back in the first contest of the season. To get a win, with runs like that, it’s great.”
Later that night, under the lights and in front of an energetic crowd, Mark McMorris landed a backside triple cork 1440 to win the inaugural Snowboard Big Air Dew Cup. It was his second run, locking a score of 96.75 for the first place spot.
“Everybody was killing it tonight,” said McMorris after the competition. “Everyone is insanely good, and I was just lucky enough to be on it tonight.” He also expressed his excitement to be part of the Dew Tour’s first Big Air competition. “It was awesome. I feel like every event should be done at night. The vibes are way better at night. Dew Tour killed it on this one.”
The day also featured the Women’s Snowboard Superpipe Final, with Kaitlyn Farrington taking home her second career Dew Cup, scoring a solid 90.00 to blow away the competition. Her run included a backside 900, frontside 900, backside 540, alley-oop 540, straight air, and a frontside 720. Landing each rotation smoothly, Farrington placed a full 10 points above second place finisher Queralt Castellet.
"I’m really excited because it’s the first big contest of the year,” said Farrington. “I was just stoked to land both of my runs and come out on top. It all came together for me.”
The Dew Tour iON Mountain Championships continue Sunday with Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle Finals and Men’s and Women’s Ski Slopestyle Finals - and you know CraveOnline's gonna be there!