The Nikita Chickita took over Mammoth’s South Park on February 21, 2009. Over 70 girls young and old showed up to compete for a chance at winning the 1-year Nikita Sponsorship (am) and $1000 (pro.)
The event saw an unprecedented, nearly even split, between pro and amateur competitors. Nikita riders Magalie DuBois, Vera Janssen, Maribeth Swetkoff, Gabby Maiden, Femke Henriques and Madison Blackley were in attendance, as well as last year’s Nikita Sponsorship winner Alice Gong. The youngest competitor of the day checked in at 9 years old, while the eldest a mature mid-50s. The girls enjoyed the chance to ride with other ladies of all ages and abilities.
South Lake Tahoe rider Joanna Dzierzawski took top honors in the pro division for her use of the course and super solid runs. She definitely upped the tech on the difficult jib section. Nikita rider Vera Janssen finished second with a run including a front 3, back 3, cab lipslide 270 out and a 270 up, 270 off of the final wallride.
But the biggest winner was Marley Colt, a 17-year-old from Eden, UT, who left Mammoth with a one-year sponsorship from Nikita clothing by winning the amateur division. Marley pulled a stylish and clean run including a frontside 360 indy, a big nose grab and a tail grab 180.
1. Joanna Dzierzawski $1,000
2. Vera Janssen $700
1. Marley Colt
2. Elle Kaylor
3. Priscilla Lee
1. Colleen Quigley $300 (pictured above)