Mason Aguirre won the snowboard superpipe competition Sunday in the Winter Dew Tour Toyota Championship and Shaun White earned the Dew Cup season title.
The 21-year-old Aguirre, from Duluth, Minn., began his winning run with a frontside 1080 melon grab into a Cab 1080 nose grab. He continued with a frontside 900 with a melon grab, a backside flat spin 540, an air to fakie and he finished with a switch alley-oop backside rodeo 720. He scored 94.50.
Steve Fisher of Breckenridge, Colo., was second at 87.00 and White, of Carlsbad was third at 81.75. “Just going into today I was just more focused on me,” Aguirre said. “A lot of times when guys are riding so well in the finals it’s hard not to focus some of your attention on their riding. But today I just tried to have it all be about me and just have a good time. I haven’t won a contest since Australian Open so it was good just taking the top spot today and having it be legitimate.”
This was the second Winter Dew Cup for White, who captured the slopestyle title in Friday’s event. “I wanted this Cup pretty bad so I knew I needed to just do well today,” White said.
In the women’s field, Australian Torah Bright won the event and Kelly Clark, of West Dover, Vt. earned the season title. Her winning run began with an air to fakie into a cab 720, followed by a crippler. She is the only female snowboarder who does a backside 360 into a switch backside 720, her final tricks of the run. She earned 95.50.
“Surprisingly the weather is the only bad thing,” Bright said about the stormy conditions. “The pipe is actually in really good shape. It was slow in practice but once they salted it and it got a little colder, then it set.”
Clark was second at 90.00 and Hannah Teter of Belmont, Vt., was third at 83.50. “For me the season has really been about the basics and the fundamentals of my riding skills,” Clark said. “So right now to win this series is a bonus because I didn’t set out with any goals of winning any series titles this year, so this is just like icing on the cake for me.”
White and freeskier Tanner Hall tied for male athlete of the year based on the highest overall points, and Clark and snowboard Spencer O’Brien tied for female athlete of the year.
Also awarded on Sunday was the Toyota Go Big Award, which was given to freeskier Bobby Brown and snowboarder Steve Fisher. The award is given to an athlete for their ability to “go big” and stand out from the competition. Both a snowboarder and a skier were recognized for showing remarkable determination, incredible tricks and amazing runs.