Northstar hosts snowboard stop of Ultimate Boarder Championship
March 22, 2010
NORTHSTAR-AT-TAHOE and#8212; Under blue-bird skies at Northstar-at-Tahoe on Friday, Trevor Jacob of Mammoth took first place on Stop 2 of the Ultimate Boarder Championship, while Truckee’s Brandon Cocard won the Open Team competition and Truckee’s Joshua Douglas won the Youth Team competition.
The following day Chad Shelter and Mike Morrissey were crowned co-champions as the Ultimate Boarder wrapped up with the third and final stop, the skating portion, at the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino in Reno.
Touted as and#8220;the triathlon of a new generationand#8221; on the event website, the Ultimate Boarder Championship Powered by SanDisk is a one-week competition that narrows down the best overall athlete among three boarding disciplines and#8212; surfing, snowboarding and skating. The 2010 contest started with the surf stop last Tuesday at Seaside Reef in Cardiff, Calif.
Morrissey, a pro surfer from Laguna Beach, Calif., finished first in the surf contest, 21st in the snowboarding event and 13th in the skate event to finish in the tie for the top spot overall. Shelter, a pro skater from Dana Point, Calif., was third in the surfing contest, 17th on the snowboard stop and first in Saturday’s skating event, which took place on a custom-built halfpipe.
Friday’s snowboard contest was set up in the park off Pinball, where athletes were given three sections to impress the judges. The top section had three separate features, allowing the riders to choose between a rail, a down-box or a jump feature, which most opted to hit. That led into a large kicker in the middle of the course, which ended with a big hip jump.
While the 16-year-old Jacob captured the win in the solo division, Shayne Pospisil of Manasquan, N.J., and Todd Richards of Encinitas, Calif., rounded out the podium.
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Cocard, riding for Team Hosoi, was awarded the top spot in the Open Team portion of the contest, and was followed on the podium by Jeremy Grendahl of Team Caballero and Mammoth’s Alex Dawoud of Team Billabong. In the Youth Team competition, Douglas of Team Eternal took first, while Brock Couch of Mammoth was second and Matthew Grant of Truckee third.
and#8220;Everything about today’s competition highlighted the best of each athlete’s ability,and#8221; said head judge Don Bostick. and#8220;The conditions were ideal, and the performances were stellar.and#8221;
Morrissey and Shelter split the prize purse for their Ultimate Boarder Championship wins, which was bumped up at the last minute from $25,000 to $30,000.