There was lots of snowboard action going on at the Winter Dew Tour Nike Open today in Breckenridge - Men's and Women's halfpipe semi finals and men's slopestyle semis. Below, you'll find the event recaps and names and scores for those that managed to move on.
Women's Superpipe Semifinals:
Women's Snowboard Superpipe Semifinals went off early this morning under bluebird skies in Breckenridge. Maddy Schaffrick came out on top with a run that began with a frontside air into a backside air, front 720, Haakon flip, stalefish, alley-oop 360, ending with a stylish switch backside 540. The Colorado native's score of 88.75 blew away the competition. Gretchen Bleiler (83.75) and Queralt Castellet (78.00) finished in second and third, respectively. The top five semi-finalists will compete in the Superpipe Finals tomorrow against Kelly Clark.
1. Maddy Schaffrick 88.75 2. Gretchen Bleiler 83.75 3. Queralt Castellet 78.00 4. Kaitlyn Farrington 77.75 5. Xuetong Cai 77.50
Men's Superpipe Semifinals:
Men's Snowboard Superpipe followed the women's contest with a strong line-up that offered no shortage of excitement to a hyped crowd. Shaun White and Iouri Podlatchikov battled it out with near-perfect runs. Shaun began his run by boosting out of the pipe for a huge backside air, into a frontside double cork 10, a cab 10, a frontside inverted 5 and a backside 9, ending with an alley-oop backside rodeo. I-Pod came up just short with a score of 96.00. Kazu Kokubo rounded out the top 3, scoring an 88.75. The top nine semi-finalists will compete in Superpipe Finals tomorrow against Steve Fisher, JJ Thomas and Louie Vito.
1. Shaun White 98.00 2. Iouri Podlatchikov 96.00 3. Kazuhiro Kokubo 88.75 4. Christian Haller 85.25 5. Keito Kumazaki 82.50 6. Danny Davis 81.50 7. Scott Lago 79.75 8. Luke Mitrani 79.00 9. Kohei Kudo 78.75
Men's Slopestyle Semifinals
Chas Guldemond shook off the the early season nerves to start the weekend off right in Friday's snowboard slopestyle semi-finals at the Dew Tour Nike Open. Guldemond's run of a nosepress tailside 270 out followed by a 50-50 into frontside lipside on the double rail, double backside rodeo, cab double cork 1260, frontside 180 on the wallride with switch back 180 off, and finishing with a front 7 and a back double 1080, scored him a 90.33 on his first run. He wouldn't need another one to win, as Guldemond closed semis with a super stylish method on his victory lap. Mikkel Bang, 87.83, and Gjermund Braaten, 87.67, took the second and third spots respectively. The top nine advance to Sunday's finals to take on Dew Cup champ Torstein Horgmo, Mark McMorris, and Eric Willett.