The first Slopestyle event of the season took place in Hunter Mountain’s Park Avenue terrain park. Mike Valez and his park crew (local Bozwreck crew) built a jump line that consisted of a flat box, to a medium table jump, to an option of flat box or a flat down rail or a corrugated pipe/log jam, to a large table (with a smaller option), to an even larger jump (also with a smaller option), to the NIKE 6.0 car (a multi option box feature). These six features made a wide variety of runs possible and over 75 athletes showed up in -4 degree weather.
Even in such harsh, cold conditions, local Hunter Mountain ripper Pablo Dawybida showed up with the heat and took home the Gold for the Open Class Men. Pablo reps “Da518” crew and was recently picked up by Rome Snowboards and the famed Catskill Mountain Mexican eatery, Pancho Villas. (due to much help from his manager Dre Mori) He crushed both runs and showed us different tricks each lap…backside 180s, 360s, 540s, (including a switch backside 360 over the bigger jump). He linked his run perfectly and his smooth dirty style made him the clear winner.
Brendan Meehan, last years CMS Open Class champion and bronze medalist at the CBS College Action Sports Championships Alt Games, wasn’t going down without a fight. Known for his style and consistency, Meehan’s runs were strong enough to put him in the silver medal spot.
Vincent LaMonte, of Hunter Mountain's 42 Degree Air Assault fame, showed us that amplitude is still the name of his game and he would have taken the last of the three medals but Junior Men (16-17)rider Eric Buczek switched to Open. Eric's bronze medal runs to beat out LaMonte, showed that this Am rider is on the rode to the Pros.
They were not the only heat that we saw on the course. Open Class skier Tucker Foti showing us every type of spin, tech moves on the boxes and just how big skiers can really go, grabbing the gold with his perfectly executed runs.
Amateur skier Mike Galdi also put down some huge, jaw dropping corked out spins for the 16-18 year old men.
It was Chris Anderson who stole the show for the amateur snowboard classes with solid grabs, tech tricks, stomped landings and his own personal style. Austin Lamoreaux was back to defend his image as a leader of the 10-11year old Menehune boys and did just that. Thomas O’Hara (coached by two time US Open podium, former North American Halfpipe Champion and ESPN XGames silver medalist, Jason Evans) pulled some big runs that landed him in the gold medal spot for the 12-13 year old Breaker boys. The battle of the day was clearly between little rippers (8-9 year old Grommet boys) Robby Meehan (coached by Plan See head coach Adam Anderton) and Ryan O’Hara (also coached by Evans). Both athletes pulled tremendous runs with Robby narrowly coming out with the win. The truth is, if these two listen to their coaches, it won’t be long before they are contending with Open Class athletes. It doesn’t matter what age or ability, after a -4 Degree day, with icy jump landings, it is easy to remember why I consider all of these athletes… East Coast Hardcore!
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