Chas Guldemond 7th in Dew Tour final
BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. — The Dew Tour Breckenridge wrapped up Sunday afternoon with the men’s snowboard slopestyle event. Three Americans made it to the final round, including 15-year-old U.S. rookie slopestyle team member Red Gerard, who placed fifth.
Truckee’s Chas Guldemond looked strong on his second run after landing a switch double wildcat to Cab 1440 but washed out on a triple cork on the last jump. The defending Dew Tour champ ended up in seventh.
“Obviously it didn’t go the way I wanted it to — I didn’t get that triple on the last jump,” Guldemond said. “If I would’ve landed it, it would’ve been a good score, so just knowing that I still got it is a good feeling. I’m just happy to be in the final and put up a run that can contend.”
Mark McMorris of Canada won his third Dew Tour title in four years, sealing the deal with a backside triplecork 1440 mute.
Norwegian rider Stale Sandbech earned the second spot on the podium. Sandbech also dropped a triple on the final jump but McMorris still beat him by four points. Darcy Sharpe of Canada rounded out the podium, adding to his Friday-night win in the Streetstyle event.
Gerard landed a frontside 1260 tailgrab off the final jump; it was the first time he had landed the trick in competition. A regular on the Revolution Tour podium, Gerard was one of several U.S. team young guns to fare well at this year’s Dew Tour: Chloe Kim, 14, placed second in women’s snowboard superpipe; Hailey Langland, 15, took third in women’s snowboard slopestyle; Birk Irving, 16, was ninth in men’s ski superpipe; Gabe Ferguson, 16, placed ninth in men’s snowboard superpipe.
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