Truckee’s Guldemond, South Tahoe’s Anderson tops in Dew Tour slopestyle
BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. — Truckee slopestyle snowboarder Chas Guldemond earned the second Dew Tour win of his career on the final day of competition in Breckenridge, Colo., on Sunday.
Landing a solid first run with his brand new switch double wildcat and three double cork 1080s, Guldemond proved to be unbeatable with his high score of 92.00.
Canadian Sebastien Toutant put together back-to-back double cork 1080s to finish second with a score of 87.75, while fellow Canadian Tyler Nicholson was third with an 80. Guldemond, who is sponsored by Northstar California Resort, was the only American in the finals.
“Today was amazing. I just had a really good mentality going into it and was super confident, and I just knew that everything was gonna go my way,” Guldemond said, adding that he thrives in bad weather conditions, such as Sunday. “It was just one of those days when you get that feeling. To win here in Breck means so much to me and to get back on the podium, it’s been a climb these last few years.”
ANDERSON WINS SLOPESTYLE
For the third year in a row, Olympic gold medalist Jamie Anderson of South Lake Tahoe walked away with top honors at the Dew Tour.
Despite nursing a rib injury sustained in practice earlier in the week, Anderson won Friday’s slopestyle final with a score of 96.25. Finland’s Enni Rukajaravri placed second with a 93.25, and New Zealand’s Christy Prior rounded out the podium with a 90.
“I was really stoked to land [the first run] because I wanted to do a new trick, but I wasn’t totally there,” Anderson said. “I actually wanted to go for a cab 1080, but ended up at 900. Then, I tried to do a frontside 1080, but lost myself in the air. It’s hard! I watch these boys make it look so easy. I know I’m a good rider, but I’m still working on it.”
GOLD, CLARK TOP HALPIPE PODIUMS
U.S. snowboarders Taylor Gold and Kelly Clark recorded wins in the Dew Tour halfpipe finals Saturday.
Gold, who squeaked into finals in 12th place, came out swinging on the first run of men’s finals with a frontside double cork 1260 to double Michaelchuck combination, which gave him the win with a score of 90.50.
Chinese sensation Yewie Zhang and 16-year-old Australian Scotty James joined Gold on the podium with scores of 88.75 and 88.25, respectively.
Contest favorites Danny Davis of Truckee, Ben Ferguson and Chase Josey failed to land on their feet.
In the women’s final, Clark led a podium sweep by American riders, as she landed a signature frontside 1080 for a high score of 95.50.
Chloe Kim landed an unprecedented combination of switch tricks, including a switch backside air to cab 540 to switch backside 540, to finish just a half-point behind Clark, with a 95. Arielle Gold (90.5) placed third with both a frontside 900 and a cab 900.