Women’s Snowboard Superpipe: Chloe Kim Claims Victory on Final Run
The competition kicked into high gear on Sunday for the Women’s Snowboard Superpipe final featuring eight riders representing China, Japan, Spain, and the United States on the Copper Mountain Superpipe. As the only operational superpipe in North America at the moment, it boasts 22-foot-high walls for maximum airtime.
The biggest news of the event was the return of team rider and snowboard phenom Chloe Kim. Kim had missed the last iteration of Dew Tour to focus on her studies at Princeton. Returning to competition at Copper Mountain, the reigning Olympic gold medalist found herself amid a field of hungry new riders vying for the top spot.
As the final session heated up, Kim was struggling to put down a perfect run on her first attempt. Meanwhile, Spain’s Queralt Castellet took the lead with a score above 90 points, adding pressure on Kim to land a clean second run. But as Kim once again lost the handle midway through the run, it allowed Castellet to raise the bar higher by stringing together a flawless run for 95.00 points.
With everything riding on her third and final run, Kim dropped in as the last competitor of the contest – and got a full pull! Starting off with a huge frontside 1080 tail grab, Kim landed a switch frontside 900, switch backside 540, highly technical switch backside 1080, and a frontside 540 Indy on the last wall for 96.00 points and the win.
Speaking on her back-against-the-wall victory, Chloe Kim said: “I can’t talk right now. I never want to be in this situation again, that was horrible. But I am so grateful I was able to land. It’s crazy with the Olympics coming up and this is a great start to the season.”
Men’s Snowboard Superpipe: Monster Energy’s Yuto Totsuka Claims 1st Place
As the last competition in a four-day action sports epic, the Men’s Snowboard Superpipe showcased the sport’s rapid evolution on Sunday afternoon. Ten of the world’s top riders, including snowboard icon Shaun White, battled for the highest score in three runs. Countries represented included Japan, Switzerland, Germany, and the United States.
The level of riding escalated quickly in the final as American Taylor Gold took over the lead by posting a massive 92.00-point score. Stepping to the challenge, Yuto Totsuka followed up with a high-scoring run on his second attempt to climb into second place.
When Gold lost the handle on his third and final run, it left the door open for Totsuka to take over. And he did in spectacular fashion: Starting off with a technical switch 1440 mute on the first wall, Totsuka put together a giant switch backside 1260, switch backside 1080, backside 1260, and a massive frontside 1260 double cork on the last wall for 95.5 points and the victory.
“This is my dream. This competition is so great and I’m so happy now,” said Monster Energy’s Totsuka on winning his very first Dew Tour snowboard halfpipe event.
Also making a strong showing in the final, Ayumu Hirano finished in fifth place. The two-time Olympic snowboard halfpipe silver medalist, who also competed in skateboard park at the Tokyo Summer Olympics, earned 86.75 points with a flawless first run featuring a front double cork 1440 tailgrab into a switch mute 1440, frontside 1260 mute, backside 900 tweaker, and a clean frontside 1080.
On his third and final run, Hirano made history by pulling a trick never landed before in competition: A frontside 1440 triple cork, featuring three upside-down spins. The maneuver, mastered by Hirano this fall in a training camp at Saas-Fee, left the crowd and his peers in disbelief and counts as Dew Tour history. But as Hirano could not string together a perfect run following the new move, he had to settle for fifth place.
Newschoolers Awards 2022: Monster Energy’s Sarah Hoefflin Named Female Skier of the Year
The third annual Newschoolers Awards were handed out at Copper Mountain’s Grand Hall on Friday night in front of a live audience of athletes and industry insiders. With over 300 people in attendance, host of ceremonies Dr. Zorko and Level 1’s Conor Smith presented trophies for outstanding performances during the 2021 season.
The trophies designed by Cy Whitling and produced by Gilson Skis were given in recognition of best video projects, personal performances, and team efforts. As usual, the 2022 Newschoolers Awards were chosen by an expert judging panel including Will Wesson, LJ Stenio, Xavier Mayrand, Katrina Siegfried, and Twig.
When all was said and done, Monster Energy’s Sarah Hoefflin took home the Female Skier of the Year Award presented by Toyota in a field of top riders. Going up against top competitive freeskiers such as China’s Eileen Gu, Hoefflin convinced the judges not only by her success in the contest arena, where she earned multiple podium finishes. True to the progressive nature of the Newschoolers platform, Hoefflin also rocked the vote with a standout performance in Faction’s ‘Roots’ film and impressive street footage.
Women’s Ski Superpipe: Monster Army’s Hannah Faulhaber Soars Into Third Place
Earlier on Friday, the Women’s Ski Superpipe final unfolded amid perfect conditions on the legendary Copper Mountain superpipe. The contest was held in a three-run format, winners decided on the highest-scoring run. Countries represented included China, Canada, Estonia, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
In the field of Olympic medalists and seasoned top contenders, one new name emerged: Hanna Faulhaber. In her Dew Tour debut, the young US Ski Team rider turned heads by blasting the highest airs of the day at an elevation of 16’2 feet out of the pipe.
On her third run in the final, Faulhaber landed a huge tailgrab air, big 720 landing backwards, switch 360, flair safety grab into another flair, and a massive left side 900 safety grab for 90.25 points, and third place.
Dew Tour 2021 also marked the return to competition of Cassie Sharpe after a knee injury sustained earlier in the year. In the final, she put down a flawless first run including a huge straight mute air, flair, double grab, right-side 720, switch 360, right-side cork 900, and left-side cork 900 for 81.75 points.
On her two last runs, the reigning Olympic gold medalist tried to raise the level of difficulty by adding a 1080 rotation on the final wall. But unable to stick a clean landing, Sharpe had to settle for fourth place in her successful return to world-class competition.