Sick and Twisted athletes take off |

Sick and Twisted athletes take off

Matt Riddle
Photo by Colin FisherA snowboarder catches big air at Alpine Meadows.

The Sick And Twisted Big Bands and Big Boards competition at Alpine Meadows went down without too many flames but a lot of air Saturday.

Rain and initial problems with the jump-started the day, but once everything cleared, the competition started with a bang.

Shawn Sullivan won the skier side with 72 total points for his final two jumps, followed by Jared Dalen with 66 points, Matt Sterbenz with 65.5 points, 15-year-old Tim Dutton with 62.5 points, and then Anaiah Kirk with 61 points.

Sullivan knew he won with his cork-900 before they announced the winners.

“I think I did pretty good,” Sullivan said. “It was raining then it stopped, it worked out in my favor.”

Sean Tedore took it for the snowboarders with 62.5 points, followed by Jeremy Cameron with 59 points, Todd Pearson with 54 points, Nate Holland 52.5 points and Skip Contardi with 50 points.

The pro/am contest featured a total of 50 skiers and snowboarders going for broke on a 40-foot kicker. After the first two rounds, the numbers were whittled down to five skiers and five snowboarders, competing for a $1,000 grand prize for each winner, plus Alpine Meadows mid-week season passes and skis and snowboards.

Lindsey Nagle was the only female competing in the event and Contardi got the Boeri crash of the day, due to his crash on his final jump when he missed a backside rodeo 900. He missed the landing of the jump, hit the side of the kicker and didn’t get up for several minutes. He finally stood up and got an ovation from the spectators. Contardi didn’t think he broke anything, and enjoyed the day, despite his crash.

“I think everyone had a good time,” Contardi said. “But the jump was a little lagging. It needed more kick.”