The El Tarter snowpark experienced an exciting day of competition yesterday as the Grandvalira Total Fight went down.
A total of 42 riders, 31 in the men's category and 11 in the women's category, gave their best shot to take the victory. Riders from the USA, Japan, Canada, Russia, Switzerland, Norway, Sweden, New Zealand, Italy, Belgium, Andorra and Spain threw down on a versatile slopestyle course, consisting of a double tube rail 10 meters, followed by a rail in double tube and "Y" shape, then a module with three possibilities: gap to Donkey Tail or option to Pull Jam or gap to ball option. Next, three kickers followed; the first 21 meters and the last two 18 meters, which allowed riders to fully mix things up.
Dylan Thomas takes the victory ahead of a great Kaito Hamada
In the men's category, American Dylan Thomas posted the best score of the final after making a frontside boardslide 270 in 270 out on the first rail, frontblunt switch 450 out on the second rail, 50/50 frontside 360 tail out in the third module of jibbing and a frontside 1440 melon in the kicker. This put him ahead of on fire Japanese rider Kaito Hamada who was very to victory after making a spectacular round in the jibbing modules. The third position of the podium would also be occupied by the Japanese Takeru Otsuka.
Dylan Thomas, after winning, said: "This is incredible, something wonderful. This morning, my first sensations in the park were not good, I felt tired. But then everything has changed and I have taken enough confidence to face the competition in search of victory. My second round has been very good and it has taken me to the first place. It's the second time that I've come to compete in the Grandvalira Total Fight and I feel very comfortable, I love Andorra and how people treat us."
Yuka Fujimori wins and Spain's María Hidalgo takes the podium
Japanese rider Yuka Fujimori crushed it in the women's final in the Grandvalira Total Fight snowboard. Coming from a strong showing at the Olympics (with a 9th place in slopestyle and 7th in big air), Yuka was clearly one of the favorites in Andorra, and she would not disappoint. Her three runs were super consistent in the final, the best being a switch boardslide to normal, backside 50/50 and ollie tailbonk in the rails, followed by a backside 900 mute in the kicker. Fujimori commented: "I am very happy, it has been a very worked victory and at all times I have felt very comfortable in Andorra. I liked the slopestyle circuit a lot."
The Canadian Brooke Voigt and an inspired María Hidalgo would accompany her on the podium. The Spaniard would deservedly rise to the podium after a long period of recovering from injury: "It was a technical competition because of the speed in which the jumps were reached, the truth is that I did not expect the podium since I come out of a very long injury; A month and a half ago I returned to the snowboard and recently won in a European Cup; but to come here, in a competition of so much international level was a greater challenge. My intention was to have fun and do my best ... much better if it's on the podium!"
1º Dylan Thomas (EE.UU.) 88.00 95.33 30.00
2º Kaito Hamada (Japón) 20.00 93.00 85.33
3º Takeru Otsuka (Japón) 83.33 91.66 30.00
1ª Yuka Fujimori (Japón) 90.66 91.66 69.66
2ª Brooke Voigt (Canadá) 84.00 88.66 79.33
3ª María Hidalgo (España) 65.00 87.00 80.33