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Snowboarders rule Ultimate Boarder in Round 1

Sun Staff and Ultimate Boarder reports

Emma Garrard/Sierra SunAndy Finch of Truckee competes in the Ultimate Boarder contest at Squaw Valley USA on Sunday. Finch placed third in the first of three stops. The event resumes Wednesday with the surf competition in Ventura and wraps up with the skating portion on Saturday.

Local boys represented the Tahoe region well in Squaw Valley’s Riviera Park for the first stop of the inaugural Ultimate Boarder competition Sunday.

While snowboarding veteran Todd Richards captured the top spot by stomping back-to-back 900s in the final, Truckee’s Andy Finch soared to a third-place finish despite breaking his board during the competition.

Dave Brumm of Alpine Meadows and David Burright of Truckee also cracked the top 10, finishing sixth and 10th, while Rick Gravesen of Alpine Meadows finished 12th and Ryan Wichert of Incline Village 14th. Kings Beach rider True Love did not compete due to an injury, said Stephanie Weber of Ultimate Boarder.

The first stage of the Ultimate Boarder went off in blue-bird conditions as a group of 45 of the world’s best boarders took to the slopestyle course.

The athletes are now set to take to the water for the surfing stage Wednesday at the famed C-Street surf break in Ventura. The event wraps up with the skateboard competition and awards ceremony on Saturday at the Ventura County Fairgrounds.

In addition to the $30,000 grand prize, the “ultimate boarder” will receive an $8,000 Rockford Fosgate sound system and a custom-made Soul Ryde skateboard.

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At Squaw on Sunday, there were no surprises as the 10-man final was comprised entirely of snowboard-focused competitors.

When all was said and done, Richards (Encinitas, Calif.), went a little bigger than the rest of the field to win the first stage.

“We saw some real quality coming out of the final,” said Jim Rippey, a guest judge for the event. “These guys were throwing down 720s and 900s. We were blessed (on Sunday) with the conditions and it will be interesting to see how the snowboarders fair in the waves on Wednesday.”

In the first and second heats of the day, the Tahoe boys had a good showing on their home turf, but it was the Australian Allan brothers, Clint and Mitch, who went one-two into the finals.

The wily veteran Richards taught the two up-and-comers from Down Under the importance of saving your best for last, however, as he stuck his pair of 900s in the final to earn the winner’s jersey headed to Southern California. Clint Allen took second in the final and his brother fifth, and East-Coast rider Shayne Pospisil was fourth.

Also in the 10-man final were Brumm, Burright, Kurt Wastell, New Zealander Kristian Phillip and Canadian Justin Lamoureux.

“I am pretty hyped right now,” Todd Richards said after Sunday’s competition. “It’s fun to compete in a contest that involves more than the discipline that you concentrate on. I am really passionate about my surfing right now, so I really want to have a good showing down in Ventura.”

While the snowboarders saved face and received the highest contest results, numerous surfers and skateboarders proved they, too, are comfortable on the mountain.

Standout performances by athletes whose main focus is not snowboarding included Chad Shetler (Dana Point, Calif.), Toad Dincho (San Francisco), Aaron Astorga (Carlsbad, Calif.), Jonathan Warren (Huntington Beach, Calif.) and surprise 17-year old amateur skateboarder Logan Preston (Ballard, Calif.).

For a complete list of results and event details visit http://www.ultimateboarder.com. Log on and watch the free, live Web cast at http://www.reelcomp.com.

1. Todd Richards

2. Clint Allan

3. * Andy Finch

4. Shayne Pospisil

5. Mitch Allan

6. * Dave Brumm

7. Kristian Philipp

8. Kurt Wastell

9. Justin Lamoureux

10. * David Burright

11. Nicky Larson

12. * Rick Gravesen

13. Chad Shelter

14. * Ryan Wichert

15. Logan Preston

16. Jake West

17. Aaron Astorga

18. Toad Dintcho

19. Jimi Scott

20. Jonathan Warren

21. Tosh Townend

22. Jean Claude Brouillet

23. Kyle Knox

24. Bryan Ellis

25. Chris Kays

26. Mike Morrissey

27. Jye Townend

28. Andrew Jones

29. Wally Inouye

30. Robert Curtis

31. Jake Asdel

32. Josh Sleigh

33. Miles Wallace

34. Thomas Harstad

35. Nathan Fletcher

36. Chris Senn

37. Eric McHenry

38. Chad Jackson

39. Eric Sorensen

40. Mike Guarino

41. Sky Siljeg

42. Guy Quezada

43. Mike Kresky

44. Wes Matweyew

45. Mike Rogers

* Local athletes