Under bluebird skies, the BEO wrapped up another edition in Laax with the Junior slopestyle and halfpipe contests for kids aged 14 and younger.
The Junior’s division of the BEO is a virtual crystal ball into snowboarding’s future, and after witnessing what went down in the immaculately groomed pipe and slopestyle courses it is clear that that future is bright. IPod, Peetu, Sörman… these dudes and more have scooped wins as juniors so it’s always interesting to check this aspect of the event.
And announce themselves they did: 12-year-old Chloe Kim (USA) scored a near-flawless 99.17 points to win the girls’ pipe and later dominated the slopestyle too while Marcus Kleveland (NOR) and Jake Pates (USA) at 13 and 14 respectively showed precocious skills that belie their tender ages. The top two boys and the winning girl also snagged an invite to the US Open from February 25th to March 2nd where they’ll have the chance to ride against their heroes, as well as bagging an invite to next year’s BEO. But as much as the Juniors event is about the frankly mindblowing riding these children are capable of, a huge part of it is also the sight of diminutive kids that can appear more helmet than human riding a 6.7m superpipe and just being stoked to do so with their family and friends.Chloe Kim on her way to her second title of the day. Photo: Cyril Müller
And, erm, we rode lots of pow with the homies too.
It was a pretty banging day and a positive ending to an event that’s had some challenges to overcome due to the bad weather earlier in the week. So that’s that for another edition of the BEO. Thanks Burton and co. and see you next year for #15!The future stars of snowboarding.