Falls Creek, Vic – Monday 1 September 2014: American young gun, Kyle Mack, leads the world-class field after day one of Stylewars snowboard competition in Ruined Castle’s slopestyle course.
Strong winds and high cloud tested the mettle of the local and international riders, and those who had excelled in yesterday’s practice session had the confidence to their biggest tricks today. A stellar field of 35 male snowboarders made the most of challenging conditions in the monster-sized slopestyle course to complete two judged runs on the lofty jumps and technical rail features.
US teenage sensation, Kyle Mack, confirmed that he will be a rider to watch after landing a super-stylish Backside 1080 Japan Air, followed by a smooth Frontside 720 off his toes, before rounding out the run with a technical Switch Wallride-Switch Backside 180-Out on his first run. The three World Snowboard Tour judges rewarded the Michigan-born rider with top score for the day, followed closely behind by Ireland’s Seamus O’Connor and USA’s Asher Humphreys.
“The course was really well-built, but the conditions sure made it harder to land your best tricks today,” Kyle Mack said after competition finished. “You could sort of base your speed off the wind, feeling the gusts to work out how big you were going to go. On my second run I wanted to land a Frontside Rodeo 1080, but I felt a gust of wind up the takeoff and just took it easy. So I’m hoping to be able to land a better run (than my top score today) when we head back out there for the final day of competition.”
The top-scoring Australian on day one of Stylewars was Victorian Tim Laidlaw. With some wintry weather forecast, organisers have two days to take advantage of the best conditions to complete the second round of Men’s slopestyle runs as well as the Women’s competition. And when weather permits, the Carlton Dry 30 jam session will run for 30 minutes on the big top jump to award $1000 for the best trick.
50 of the world’s best slopestyle snowboarders have come to Falls Creek to compete in Stylewars, an Australian Slopestyle Tour event, hoping to earn all-important World Snowboard Tour ranking points as well as $15,000 total cash prizes from Carlton Dry.
After all the action in the terrain park is finished all eyes will move to Falls Creek’s Village Bowl for the famous 28 Stairs rail jam, taking place under lights on Wednesday 3 September from 7-9 PM.