Blazing hot: Truckees Chas Guldemond, Danny Davis stellar in global competitions
This past month, Truckee freestyle snowboarders Danny Davis and Chas Guldemond have been flying the friendly skies under the bright lights of the five biggest snowboard contests in the world. From Japan to Switzerland, both local shreds have been contest killers earning top results in all the competitions by stomping run after run of progressive and technical tricks.Guldemonds first podium of the winter came on Dec. 14, when he took third overall at the Nissan X-Trail Jam in Tokyo, Japan. The X-Trail Jam was a combined quarterpipe and big air contest that was held inside an arena packed with 40,000 extremely excited Japanese fans. Guldemond took second in the quarterpipe event tossing tweaked rodeo 540s and backside 720s. In the big air event he made the semifinals, which was enough to place him third overall.Davis started his contest streak at the first stop of the AST Dew Tour when he won the superpipe event in Breckenridge, Colo., on Dec. 20. Traveling to Mount Snow, V.T., on Jan. 11 for the second Dew Tour stop, Davis took fourth in the superpipe contest.While Davis was ripping stateside, Guldemond crossed the pond to Switzerland for the ONeill Evolution contest in Davos on Jan. 9 and 10. Guldemond battled head-to-head with some of Europes most talented shredders, riding consistently both days to take fourth in the slopestyle and sixth in the quarterpipe.But four days later, Davis joined Guldemond and the rest of snowboardings freestyle elite at the Burton European Open held in Laax, Switzerland, on Jan. 15 and 16. Davis won the slopestyle competition with a final run that started with a corked backside 360 handplant on a log jib and ended with a switch backside 900, a frontside 1080, and a cab 900 on the trio of last tabletops. Guldemond also rode strong, barely missing the slopestyle podium in fourth.Because of Davis and Guldemonds consistent stomping, both athletes have been steadily piling up points in the world snowboard rankings of the Swatch TTR tour, the AST Dew Tour and the Burton Global Open Series. Guldemond is currently the No. 1 rider in the world in both the Swatch TTR and the Burton Global Open rankings. Davis has been leaping up the standings, sitting in 13th in the Swatch TTR results and fourth overall in the Burton Global Open tour.At press time Friday, both Truckee shreds had just competed in the slopestyle elimination round at the X Games in Aspen, Colo. Guldemond took the top spot in the competitive 16-man field, and Davis finished 11th. Only the top eight riders make the finals, so while Guldemond battles for slopestyle gold on Saturday afternoon, Davis will be focused on the superpipe elimination round, which starts Saturday evening.
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