We're not going to lie: We weren't there and we didn't watch the comp. However, through countless interviews with riders every European is familiar with the Dew Tour: Whenever asked about their season plans every decent snowboard pro will list a number of more or less interesting events ending on "...and the Dew Tour, of course." This makes it clear that the event series is a big deal. In fact it is so big that Nike 6.0 have gone through the rare process of spending some money and turned the Breckenridge stop into the "Nike 6.0 Open". In a nutshell: Torstein Horgmo and Jamie Anderson won the slopestyle, and Louie Vito and Queralt Castellet (go Europe!) took the halfpipe victory. We don't have any pictures, but we have a video of Marc McMorris' slopestyle run!
Put in elaborate press releases things look like this:
SNOWBOARDERS LOUIE VITO AND QUERALT CASTELLET WIN SUPERPIPE FINALS AT THE WINTER DEW TOUR’S NIKE 6.0 OPEN AT BRECKENRIDGE SKI RESORT
Olympians Louie Vito, of Bellefontaine, Ohio, and Spain’s Queralt Castellet won the men and women’s snowboard superpipe finals today at the Winter Dew Tour’s Nike 6.0 Open. The best snowboarders in the world battled it out on Breckenridge Ski Resort’s brand-new 22-foot superpipe, which debuted live on NBC.
Vito, age 22, won the first final of the season with tricks including a front double ten, cab double ten and a crippler, for a top score of 90.25. Steamboat Springs, Colo.-native, Matt Ladley, age 19, came in second with a 75.00 and Greg Bretz, age 19 of Mammoth Lakes, Calif., followed behind in third with a 73.75.
“I like contests, I like the pressure and I like having to do it right then and there. I feel pretty good after today, but it’s definitely a challenging position," said Vito. “Killington’s a whole new day, a whole new contest, and I’m going to have to be on it if I want to stay on the podium."
In the women’s snowboard superpipe final, 21-year-old Castellet took the top podium spot for the second consecutive year at the Winter Dew Tour’s season-opening event in Breckenridge. Castellet’s winning run included a back 3, front 9, back 3 grab, front 5, back 5 and a front 7 for a top score of 85.25. Elena Hight, age 21 of South Lake Tahoe, Calif., placed second with an 80.50 and defending Dew Cup Champion Kaitlyn Farrington, age 21 of Sun Valley, Idaho, rounded out the podium in third with a 74.25.
“I’m very excited because I couldn’t land the first run so for the second run I had a lot of nerves and a lot of pressure to land it," said Castellet. “I did it, and I’m so happy."
The four-day competition is the first of three stops on the 2010-11 Winter Dew Tour featuring men and women’s snowboarding and freeskiing disciplines. The Nike 6.0 Open will conclude tomorrow with the snowboard and freeski slopestyle finals for both men and women.
Nike 6.0 Open
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Breckenridge, Colo. – Breckenridge Ski Resort
Men’s Snowboard Superpipe – Finals
1. Louie Vito, Bellefontaine, Ohio, 90.25.
2. Matt Ladley, Steamboat Springs, Colo., 75.00.
3. Greg Bretz, Mammoth Lakes, Calif., 73.75.
4. JJ Thomas, Breckenridge, Colo., 69.50.
5. Christian Haller, Switzerland, 69.00.
6. Trevor Jacob, Mammoth Lakes, Calif., 58.50.
7. Steve Fisher, Breckenridge, Colo., 54.50.
8. Mason Aguirre, Duluth, Minn., 53.50.
9. Luke Mitrani, Maammoth Lakes, Calif., 29.25.
10. Ilkka-Eemeli Laari, Finland, 19.25.
11. Scotty Lago, Seabrook, N.H.
12. Kazuhiro Kokubo, Japan, DNS.
Men’s Snowboard Superpipe – Tour Rankings
1. Louie Vito, 100.
2. Matt Ladley, 92.
3. Greg Bretz, 86.
4. JJ Thomas, 82.
5. Christian Haller, 78.
6. Trevor Jacob, 74.
7. Steve Fisher, 70.
8. Mason Aguirre, 66.
9. Luke Mitrani, 62.
10. Ilkka-Eemeli Laari, 58.
Women’s Snowboard Superpipe – Finals
1.Queralt Castellet, Spain, 85.25.
2. Elena Hight, South Lake Tahoe, Calif., 80.50.
3. Kaitlyn Farrington, Sun Valley, Idaho, 74.25.
4. Sophie Rodriguez, France, 59.75.
5. Soko Yamaoka, Japan, 47.25.
6. Kelly Clark, West Dover, Vt., 36.00.
Women’s Snowboard Superpipe – Tour Rankings
1.Queralt Castellet, 100.
2. Elena Hight, 92.
3. Kaitlyn Farrington, 86.
4. Sophie Rodriguez, 82.
5. Soko Yamaoka, 78.
6. Kelly Clark, 74.
7. Kjersti Ostgaard Buass, 70.
8. Ellery Hollingsworth, 66.
9. Hannah Teter, 62.
10. Kelly Marren, 58.
SNOWBOARDERS TORSTEIN HORGMO AND JAMIE ANDERSON WIN SLOPESTYLE FINALS AT THE WINTER DEW TOUR’S NIKE 6.0 OPEN AT BRECKENRIDGE SKI RESORT
Norway’s Torstein Horgmo, 23, was victorious in the men’s snowboard slopestyle final today at the Winter Dew Tour, starting off the season at the top of the leader-board. Defending Dew Cup champion, Jamie Anderson of South Lake Tahoe, Calif., carried her winning streak over to the 2010-11 Winter Dew Tour season by taking the top spot on the podium in the women’s final.
Horgmo secured a winning score of 96.50 during his first run, which included a frontside noseblunt slide to fakie, a switch frontside double cork 10 and a switch backside 9. Canadian-born Mark Mcmorris, age 17, came in second with a 93.75 and 23-year-old Chas Guldemond of Reno Tahoe, Nev., placed third with an 88.50.
“I’m glad I landed on my feet today and hit all of the jumps," said Horgmo. “The course was pretty cool, and I’m stoked to start off the season with a win."
In the women’s snowboard slopestyle final, Anderson, 20, earned a first place score of 93.00 with a run that included a back 180, switch back 180, fifty-fifty, back 3 and a corked front 3. This marks Anderson fifth first place finish at the Winter Dew Tour making her the winningest athlete in Winter Dew Tour history.. Charlotte Van Gils, age 24 from the Netherlands, came in second with an 84.50 and 26-year-old Cheryl Maas, also from the Netherlands, followed behind in third with a flat 70.00.
“I feel great winning the first stop of the Tour," said Anderson. “Overall the event and the course were awesome, and I hope to carry this momentum into the next stop."
The four-day competition was the first of three stops on the 2010-11 Winter Dew Tour featuring men and women’s snowboarding and freeskiing disciplines. Approximately 30,500 people experienced the Nike 6.0 Open this weekend at Breckenridge Ski Resort in Breckenridge, Colo. The Tour will continue on to Killington Resort in Killington, Vt. in January and will conclude with the Toyota Championship at Snowbasin Resort in Ogden, Utah.
Nike 6.0 Open
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Breckenridge, Colo. – Breckenridge Ski Resort
Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle – Finals
1.Torstein Horgmo, Norway, 96.50.
2. Mark Mcmorris, Canada, 93.75.
3. Chas Guldemond, Reno Tahoe, Nev., 88.50.
4. Tyler Flanagan, Mammoth Lakes, Calif., 84.75.
5. Jeremy Thompson, Elka Park, N.Y., 81.00.
6. Aleksander Ostreng, Norway, 72.75.
7. Eric Willett, Breckenridge, Colo., 61.50.
8. Scotty Lago, Seabrook, N.H., 55.25.
9. Sebastien Toutant, Canada, 42.25.
10. Staale Sandbech, Norway, 32.00.
11. Sage Kostenburg, Park City, Utah, 31.50.
12. Robbie Walker, Australia, 28.00.
Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle – Tour Rankings
1.Torstein Horgmo, 100.
2. Mark Mcmorris, 92.
3. Chas Guldemond, 86.
4. Tyler Flanagan, 82.
5. Jeremy Thompson, 78.
6. Aleksander Ostreng, 74.
7. Eric Willett, 70.
8. Scotty Lago, 66.
9. Sebastien Toutant, 62.
10. Staale Sandbech, 58.
Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle – Finals
1. Jamie Anderson, South Lake Tahoe, Calif., 93.00.
2. Charlotte Van Gils, Netherlands, 84.50.
3. Cheryl Maas, Netherlands, 70.00.
4. Enni Rukajarvi, Finland, 52.25.
5. Rebecca Torr, New Zealand, 41.74.
6. Klaudia Medlova, Slovakia, 26.25.
Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle – Tour Rankings
1. Jamie Anderson, 100.
2. Charlotte Van Gils, 92.
3. Cheryl Maas, 86.
4. Enni Rukajarvi, 82.
5. Rebecca Torr, 78.
6. Klaudia Medlova, 74.
7. Jordie Karlinski, 70.
8. Shelly Gotlieb, 66.
9. Nicki Slechta, 62.
10. Megan Ginter, 58.
The complete 2010-11 Winter Dew Tour schedule is as follows:
Nike 6.0 Open Dec. 16-19 Breckenridge Ski Resort – Breckenridge, Colo.
Winter Dew Tour Killington Jan. 20-23 Killington Resort – Killington, Vt.
Toyota Championships Feb. 10-13 Snowbasin Resort – Ogden, Utah