The Dew Tour is in full swing over in Breckenridge, Colorado and Shaun White and Jamie Anderson have come out guns blazing.
The Dew Tour is an important stop on the US competition circuit - even more so this year as it's one of five stops from which the US halfpipe and slopestyle teams for Sochi will be decided. Needless to say, for the US team especially, the stakes were high if any of these guys want to be repping the US in February.
Jamie Anderson Wins Women's Slopestyle
First up on the competition schedule was women's slopestyle. Each of the eight qualifying riders had two runs to put down their highest score and after sending it way too deep on the first jump of her first run and stacking, Jamie Anderson got it back together on her second, stomping a super tech run with a cab 720, switch backside 540, front 360 and front 540 to post a score of 96 and take the win:
Silje Norendal also scuffed her first run but pulled it out of the bag second time round with a hammer run that included a cab 5, front 5, switch front board, switch back 1 and backside 540. This run had her temporarily in first place:
Enni Rukajarvi was up next and having also fallen on her first run, had it all to do in run two. A backside 540 to cab 540 to frontside 360 to backside 720 later and she'd overtaken Silje with a score of 89.40. Jamie was last to drop and we've already seen what went down there...
Congrats to all three ladies for bossing it!
[part title="Shaun White Qualifies First for Men's Halfpipe"]
Pipe qualifiers went down on Thursday and as expected, Shaun White proved that he's still the one to beat, finishing top of the podium going into Saturday's finals. His run was a mellow one for him consisting of a huge backside air, back to back 1080s, his rad looking front 540 stale and a backside 900.
Oddly enough, White definitely put a hand down on his first 1080 and still scored enough for the top spot. We're not quite sure what the deal is with that...
Christian 'Hitch' Haller put down a solid run to qualify second along other heavy hitters like Danny Davis, Louie Vito, Scotty Lago and 15 year old Japanese prodigy Ayumu Hirano. Iouri Podladtchikov just squeaked into the finals in 16th place.
[part title="Shaun White ALSO Qualifies First for Men's Slopestyle"]
Meanwhile in slopestyle qualis, while many would have expected reigning X Games and World Snowboard Tour slopestyle champ Mark McMorris to breeze through, the Canadian fell on his first run, but managed to pull it together on his second to finish in 11th and qualify for finals.
All of eyes, of course, were on Shaun White, who had already qualified first in pipe. Shaun put down a solid first run score of 93.20 with a run including a switch backside double, cab 10 double, front 7 and back 10 double which remained unbeaten throughout the semi final.
His rail tricks were safe and pretty damn sketchy if you ask us and it's definitely still the weakest aspect of his slopestyle game. And also, wit could just be our eyes but we're pretty there were more than a few bootgrabs on those spins... Come on judges, that shit's pretty important!
Torstein Horgmo, usually one of the most consistent dudes out on course failed to make the cut although plenty of other big names including Seb Toots, Stale Sandbech, Peetu Piiroinen, Eric Willet and Chas Guldemond did, and with Shaun leading the way going into tomorrow's finals, things are going to get very interesting indeed.
Eric Willet's second place run: