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Squaw’s Andrew Irwin is Master of Snowboarding

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KIRKWOOD ” Day 2 of The North Face Masters (TNF Masters) at Kirkwood Mountain Resort wrapped up Saturday under clear blue skies on Kirkwood’s famed Cirque. With more than eight feet of fresh snow, the permanently closed area, which offers a variety of untouched tight lines and huge airs, rendered near- perfect conditions as Andrew Irwin of Squaw Valley and Kirkwood’s Rosemarie Dittfach took top honors.

First-day leader Ross Baker of Squaw Valley rode extremely fast, strong and fluid, stomping a huge Cab 540 to cheers from the massive crowd below. But it was 20-year-old Irwin whose first run of the day produced the winning score.

Opting for high-exposure, Irwin rode “The Sanctuary” with no hesitation, nailing each of his airs with speed and grabbing his first TNF Masters sword. Ryland Bell of Cleary Summit, Alaska, finished in second overall.

“I’ve been looking at the Cirque for many days now,” Irwin said. “I just tried to pick a unique line where no one else is going.”

“This is by far the coolest event I’ve been to,” said Baker, 18, the third-place finisher and the recipient of The North Face Young Gun Award at Kirkwood, which recognizes and promotes young talent in the sport of big mountain snowboarding.

Matt Annetts of Stowe,Vermont, cinched the overall TNF Masters tour title. The winner of TNF Masters Snowbird, Utah, and runner-up at TNF Masters Crested Butte, Colorado, Annetts edged out reigning champ, Clif Dimon of Crested Butte for the overall win.

Laura Dewey of Snowbird, Utah, the 2008 overall TNF Masters co-champion, put together two solid runs but was ultimately beat out by Dittfach, who chose a technical line speckled with rock exposure, and a run marked by speed.

Dittfach, a big-mountain snowboarding veteran, has been riding in competitions at Kirkwood for years, and stands on the podium nearly every time. Michelle Locke of Lake Louise, Alberta, rode consistently and strong throughout the event and held on to a third-place finish, which earned her enough points to take the overall 2009 TNF Masters tour title.

“My first run was really mellow and conservative,” Dittfach said. “I wanted to step up my second run, because I knew I was in first and I knew I could. I wanted to step up, not down.”


1 Andrew Irwin 61 USA Squaw Valley 84.33 80.00 84.33

2 Ryland Bell 77 USA Cleary Summit 82.33 82.67 82.67

3 Ross Baker 18 USA Squaw Valley 74.00 82.00 82.00

4 Gareth Van Dyk 2 USA Crested Butte 80.00 60.00 80.00

5 Ryan Egan 64 USA Squaw Valley 78.33 66.00 78.33

6 Rob Kingwill 7 USA Jackson Hole 77.00 71.00 77.00

6 Jeff Meyer 45 USA Breckenridge 77.00 58.33 77.00

8 Aaron Robinson 91 USA Big Mountain 69.67 72.67 72.67

9 Joe Forrest 48 USA Kirkwood 72.33 62.00 72.33

10 Ralph Backstrom 65 USA Squaw Valley 72.00 57.00 72.00

11 Sean Clawson 80 USA Kirkwood 69.00 71.33 71.33

12 Pete Bennett 70 USA Kirkwood 70.00 71.00 71.00

13 Adam Devargas 28 USA Kirkwood 69.33 69.33 69.33

14 Forrest Burki 82 USA Mt. Baker 68.67 66.67 68.67

15 Willy Ricken 21 USA Pebble Creek 67.67

16 Ross Patton 66 USA Kirkwood 66.67

17 Shawn Farmer 84 USA 66.00

18 Jason Bilek 60 USA Kirkwood 63.67

19 Charlie Hoch 34 USA Wolf Creek 62.33

20 Garrett Brown 44 USA Steamboat 62.00

21 Matt Mims 11 USA Kirkwood 61.00

22 Shawn Grisier 30 USA Kirkwood 60.00

23 Kenny Jones 69 USA Snowbird 59.67

24 Jonathan Penfield 31 USA Snowbird 59.00

25 Jeremy Jacobson 71 USA Lake Tahoe 58.67

26 Robert Hurley 22 USA Snowbird 57.33

27 Justin Calbert 1 USA Dodge Ridge 57.00

28 Nathan Reuter 55 USA Kirkwood 56.67

29 Matt Carter 25 USA Snowbird 56.33

30 Brian Gandolfo 67 USA Kirkwood 55.33


1 Rosemarie Dittfach 16 CAN Kirkwood 71.67 70.33 71.67

2 Laura Dewey 12 USA Snowbird 69.67 71.33 71.33

3 Michelle Locke 17 CAN Lake Louise 69.67 69.00 69.67

4 Holly Enderle 81 USA Eaglecrest 67.33 56.33 67.33

5 Iris Lazzareschi 50 USA Squaw Valley 67.00 64.33 67.00

6 Rachel Rainey 5 USA Mammoth 66.33 62.67 66.33

7 Tiffany Noel 47 USA Mammoth 65.00

8 Rachel Sheidow 14 AUS Mt. Buller 63.33

9 Sarah Baca 53 USA Snowbasin 61.67

10 Lisa Longo 29 USA Mammoth 57.67

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