Dew Tour: Tanner Hall edges Simon Dumont for superpipe title
NORTHSTAR-AT-TAHOE ” Tanner Hall came through in the clutch with a clean and technical final run to snatch victory from Simon Dumont in the Toyota Championship freeski superpipe competition Saturday night.
The win on the third and last stop of the Winter Dew Tour gave Hall the overall Dew Cup season title ahead of Dumont and Justin Dorey, both of whom also put on dazzling displays for the legions of fans crowded around the pipe.
It was a tough night to be a judge.
After Dumont took over the top spot on his second and final run, earning a score of 92.5 to Hall’s first-run score of 90.25, Hall threw down a large 1260 followed by consecutive 900s and an alley-oop flatspin 360 to a switch 900 to close out the contest. He raised a fist in the air as he skidded to a stop at the bottom.
Moments later, Hall’s score was announced over the loudspeaker: 93.75.
“Either way, man, I was stoked knowing I was either going to get first or second going into my final run,” Hall said after his podium celebration. “So that gave me confidence to just lay it all on the line, and I laid down a super clean run. That’s what competing is all about.”
Dumont wasn’t overly thrilled with the scoring.
“In my eyes I thought I had it, but I’m not a judge. All I can do is just lay it down, and then it’s not in my hands anymore,” said Dumont, who wowed the crowd on the first hit of his last run with a giant alley-oop 720, which he followed up with clean form to the bottom.
Colby West rounded out the podium in third place, earning a score of 87 on his second run, while Kevin Rolland (86.50) and Xavier Bertoni (84.25), both of France, took fourth and fifth, respectively, in the 12-man field.
Dorey, a 20-year-old from Vernon, Canada, created quite a buzz among the fans with his high-flying performance.
After launching a huge double backflip on the first hit of his first run, only to clip the lip of the pipe and crash violently, Dorey went all out in his second try. It started with another lofty double backflip on his first hit, and it ended with a failed attempt at the same trick near the bottom ” to a collective groan of disappointment for Dorey from an appreciative crowd.
For Dumont, the Toyota Championship marked the first time he has competed at Northstar in nine years.
“My first X Games qualifier was at Northstar, so this is kind of where I got my start,” he said, adding that Saturday’s mild weather made the event that much more enjoyable.
“It was actually really unexpected. I was expecting snow or rain or a hurricane or something, with what everyone was saying ” not this nice of weather. So it’s always fun to ski in nice weather.”
Now that the Dew Tour is in the bag, Hall said he’s looking forward to a big-mountain skiing adventure in Alaska.
“It feels good to come out here and have fun with all my friends. … Now it’s time to get in a helicopter and get into the backcountry,” Hall said.
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.
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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