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Dew Tour: Mason Aguirre, Torah Bright win snowboard superpipe; Shaun White, Kelly Clark take Dew Cup titles

Sylas Wright
Sierra Sun
Jen Schmidt/Sierra SunShaun White, shown competing in the Toyota Championship superpipe finals at Northstar-at-Tahoe on Sunday, placed third in the event and won the overall Dew Cup title.
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NORTHSTAR-AT-TAHOE ” Mother Nature spared the skiers her wrath in the superpipe Saturday night. She wasn’t so kind to the snowboarders ” or their fans ” in the Winter Dew Tour finale on Sunday.

In a soaking rain-snow mixture throughout the three-hour Toyota Championship superpipe finals, the high-profile men’s and women’s fields rewarded their drenched supporters appropriately.

Mason Aguirre of Mammoth Lakes was most impressive of all in the men’s contest, earning a winning score of 94.50 on his second and final run.

It went something like this: massive frontside 1080 melon grab into a Cab 1080 nose grab, followed by a frontside 900 with a melon grab, a backside flat spin 540 air to fakie, and a stylish switch alley-oop backside rodeo 720.

“Just going into today I was just more focused on me,” said Aguirre, who finished fourth overall in the season Dew Tour standings. “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.”

The guys he beat weren’t bad, either.

Steve Fisher of Breckenridge, Colo., boosted high into the stormy sky from his first hit until his last on his second run to earn an 87.00 from the judges.

And then there was Shaun White, who was one hit away from a possible winning second run when he failed to cleanly land his final trick. He received an 81.75 on his first run, which was good enough to place third and clinch the Dew Cup season title in superpipe. White also won the overall in slopestyle on Friday.

Jack Mitrani took fourth in the superpipe and Jarret Thomas fifth, while Ross Baker of Reno was sixth and Michael Goldschmidt of Truckee ninth.

Fisher acknowledged that the competitors were on their game, despite the weather, and pushing each other to perform.

“Yeah absolutely, this is one of our last bigger events of the season and people were throwing down, for sure ” despite the rain, the snow, whatever is happening here,” said Fisher, who took second place on the season in the Dew Tour superpipe. “People were just out to get it, I think.”

Australian Torah Bright didn’t let the rain affect her winning second run ” an air to fakie, into a cab 720, to a crippler backside 360 and a backside 720.

“It felt good to land it in the contest, because I fell on the first run,” said Bright, who received a winning score of 95.50.

About the weather, “It reminds me of Australia,” Bright added. “It’s not the best, but it’s OK. We’re able to ride.”

Kelly Clark took second, scoring a 90.00 to earn the Dew Cup season title, while Hannah Teter, a part-time resident of Meyers, rounded out the podium with an 83.50.

“It was really nice yesterday ’cause it was sunny and warm,” Teter said, “but today it’s like East Coast weather. It brings me back to my roots because I grew up in Vermont. So I can relate to this weather.”

Ellery Hollingsworth placed fourth and Elena Hight of South Lake Tahoe, who had a large cheering section on hand, was fifth.

In the final season standings after three stops of the Dew Tour, Teter finished second and Hight third.

Also awarded on Sunday was the Toyota Go Big Award, which was given to Fisher and freeskier Bobby Brown.

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.

Men’s Snowboard Superpipe Finals

1. Mason Aguirre, Duluth, Minn., 94.50. 2. Steve Fisher, Breckenridge, Colo., 87.00. 3. Shaun White, Carlsbad, Calif., 81.75. 4. Jack Mitrani, Stratton, Vt., 77.00. 5. Jarret John Thomas, Breckenridge, Colo., 73.75. 6. Ross Baker, Reno, Nev., 72.25. 7. Louie Vito, Bellefontaine, Ohio, 71.75. 8. Elijah Teter, Belmont, Vt., 70.25. 9. Michael Goldschmidt, Truckee, Calif., 58.25. 10. Scotty Lago, Seabrook, N.H., 56.00.

Men’s Snowboard Superpipe Points

1. Shaun White, 270. 2. Steve Fisher, 215. 3. Scotty Lago, 190. 4. Mason Aguirre, 181. 5. Danny Davis, 175. 6. Elijah Teter, 175. 7. Greg Bretz, 135. 8. Louie Vito, 130. 9. Jarret John Thomas, 108. 10. Kevin Pearce, 102.

Women’s Snowboard Superpipe Finals

1. Torah Bright, Australia, 95.50. 2. Kelly Clark, West Dover, Vt., 90.00. 3. Hannah Teter, Belmont, Vt., 83.50. 4. Ellery Hollingsworth, Darien, Conn., 80.50. 5. Elena Hight, South Lake Tahoe, Calif., 78.50. 6. Elizabeth Beerman, Weston, Vt. 70.75.

Women’s Snowboard Superpipe Points

1. Kelly Clark, 280. 2. Hannah Teter, 245. 3. Elena Hight , 205. 4. Kjersti Ostgaard Buaas, 195. 5. Ellery Hollingsworth, 185. 6. Elizabeth Beerman, 160. 7. Molly Aguirre, 160. 8. Torah Bright, 128. 9. Charmaine Ironside, 115. 10. Kaitlyn Farrington, 105.

Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle Finals

1. Torstein Horgmo, Norway, 93.50. 2. Shaun White, Carlsbad, Calif., 89.67. 3. Charles Guldemond, Truckee, Calif., 88.00. 4. Dan Brisse, Richmond, Minn., 78.33. 5. Brandon Cocard, Truckee, Calif., 77.67. 6. Brandon Reis, Peterborough, N.H., 74.50. 7. Tyler Flanagan, Mammoth Lakes, Calif., 73.67. 8. Scotty Lago, Seabrook, N.H., 70.33 9. Mikkel Bang, Norway, 65.50. 10. Nick Poohachoff, South Lake Tahoe, Calif., 63.17.

Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle Points

1. Shaun White, 280. 2. Torstein Horgmo, 260. 3. Mikkel Bang, 215. 4. Andreas Wiig, 190. 5. Sam Hulbert, 147. 6. Brandon Reis, 135. 7. Scotty Lago, 127. 8. Eric Willett, 122. 9. Daniel Ek, 121. 10. Charles Guldemond, 120.

Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle Finals

1. Jamie Anderson, South Lake Tahoe, Calif., 87.50. 2. Spencer O’Brien, Canada, 87.17. 3. Janna Meyen-Weatherby, Bend, Ore., 81.50. 4. Chanelle Sladics, Newport Beach, Calif., 76.17. 5. Torah Bright, Australia, 69.00. 6. Christina Curry, Turner, Ore., 56.50.

Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle Points

1. Spencer O’Brien, 280. 2. Jamie Anderson, 275. 3. Jenny Jones, 220. 4. Chanelle Sladics, 210. 5. Bev Vuilleumier, 185. 6. Kjersti Ostgaard Buaas, 170. 7. Christina Curry, 155. 8. Kimberly Fasani, 145. 9. Megan Ginter, 140. 10. Torah Bright, 115.

Men’s Freeski Slopestyle Finals

1. Tom Wallisch, Pittsburgh, 92.83. 2. Alexis Godbout, Canada, 91.83. 3. Josiah Wells, New Zealand, 90.50. 4. Sammy Carlson, Tigard, Ore., 89.83. 5. Charles Gagnier, Canada, 89.17. 6. Per-Kristian Hunder, Norway, 89.00. 7. Simon Dumont, Bethel, Maine, 85.67. 8. Nick Martini, Winchester, Mass., 85.50. 9. Mike Riddle, Canada, 83.00. 10. Bobby Brown, Breckenridge, Colo., 82.83.

Men’s Freeski Slopestyle Points

1. Per-Kristian Hunder, 230. 2. Alexis Godbout, 220. 3. Bobby Brown, 205. 4. Josiah Wells, 205. 5. Sammy Carlson, 185. 6. Henrik Harlaut, 170. 7. J.F. Houle, 165. 8. Simon Dumont, 146. 9. Charles Gagnier, 137. 10. Nick Martini, 136.

Men’s Freeski Superpipe Finals

1. Tanner Hall, Kalispell, Mont., 93.75. 2. Simon Dumont, Bethel, Maine, 92.50. 3. Colby West, Breckenridge, Colo., 87.00. 4. Kevin Rolland, France, 86.50. 5. Xavier Bertoni, France, 84.25. 6. Matthew Philippi, Breckenridge, Colo., 83.75. 7. Matt Margetts, Canada, 80.25. 8. Tyler Peterson, Sandy, Utah, 78.75. 9. Mike Riddle, Canada, 67.00. 10. John Strenio, Burlington, Vt., 62.75.

Men’s Freeski Superpipe Points

1. Tanner Hall, 280. 2. Simon Dumont, 260. 3. Justin Dorey, 220. 4. Duncan Adams, 169. 5. Colby West, 160. 6. Mike Riddle, 144. 7. Kevin Rolland, 135. 8. Xavier Bertoni, 135. 9. Taylor Seaton, 126. 10. Peter Olenick, 124.


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