Travis Parker and Tara Dakides survived a somewhat sketchy quarterpipe that was actually quarter hip to win $3500 and $2500 respectively at the Doritos Loud Air and Style competition held as part of the Chevy S-10 U.S. Snowboard Grand Prix.
The corner hit claimed Erik Lines and Bryan Iguchi who were both helped off the landing, and also made mince meat of several others who were able to walk away.
But for those who negotiated the hit properly, the action was exciting off the two story jump that was right in front of Mammoth’s large sundeck. Parker stuck a Backside Rodeo Mute grab to score a 25.6, just edging out Mark Reilly by one-tenth of a point. Reilly couldn’t complain, he scored third in the pipe and was on the podium twice in one day.
Dakides also completed a big front flip and edged out Cara-Beth Burnside by three points. Like Reilly, CB finished the day with a second and a third, and was pretty stoked.
Thrown into the Grand Prix as more of an exciting diversion than an actual discipline, The Doritos Loud Air was a big crowd pleaser on the sunny afternoon at Mammoth.