Photos: Aaron Blatt
Words: AH

“That was the craziest sh*t I’ve ever seen.”

Oh, Janna! The ageless Janna Meyen-Weatherby and Eric “best hair in snowboading” Willett top one of the heaviest Slopestyle Finals of the year, while Jamie Anderson and Torstein Horgmo claim the 2011 Overall Winter Dew Tour Championship at Snowbasin Resort, Utah.

The first time in recent history that runs of 91 and 93 don't podium? Chas Guldemond back doubles into 4th. PHOTO: Aaron Blatt

The first time in recent history that runs of 91 and 93 don't get you on the podium? Chuck G the boss, back dub into 4th. PHOTO: Aaron Blatt

When Janna Meyen-Weatherby entered her first contest back in 1989, Spencer O’Brien yet to take her first step. Jamie Anderson had yet to be born, and the best-selling album in the States was George Michael’s “Faith” (awesome). 22 years on, and Janna’s still at the top of the women’s game, besting the previously unbeatable Jamie and the rest of the field at today’s Slope Finals. With a smooth Cab 5, back 3, and 50-50 transfers through the rail section, Janna’s high score of 96 even would be more than enough to hold off tour points leader Jamie (95), and Spencer (91.75). But all’s not lost for Jamie—with wins at the Breck and Killington Dew Tour stops already this season, she’d lock up the 2011 Dew Cup title before Finals had even began.
**Two quick things: the Johnny Cash sticker on Janna’s board is rad, and her response to the pretty inane announcer question “So, you retiring now?” was epic: “Um… Well, I’ve never thought of snowboarding as a career, so … no. I’ll call it ‘quitting’.”

The ageless Janna Meyen, rail transfer past the young bucks. PHOTO: Aaron Blatt

The ageless Janna Meyen-Weatherby, rail transfer past the young bucks. PHOTO: Aaron Blatt

The men? We’re not sure how many times “that was the craziest shit ever…” was tossed around, but it was a-plenty. And for once, the gratuitious hyperbole (“… That was so progressive!”) was legit—the level of riding this afternoon was ridic, with super-unknowns pushing the vets, and some of the largest doubles in Dew Tour history touching down without so much as a hand drag. When all was said and done, one of the most-liked kids on tour would hoist the Dew Tour trophy, with the all-smiles Eric Willett sharing the scene with young Canadian killer, Mark McMorris (2nd), and dubfire snowtrooper, Torstein Horgmo. Willett kept it clean on the rail section, and then god damn, boy—opened ‘er up on the jump line. Switch double back 12 (think about that for a minute…), to front double 10, and stomped—more than enough to earn the 97.25 top score. Mark would drop next, featuring some tech rail tricks and doubling his way onto the podium in second, and then Torstein began to strap in. Needing only to finish 6th or higher to claim the 2011 Dew Cup title, he drops in. Switch 2-7s, back nose 180, and then front dub to switch back 12. The tent erupts, and the camera immediately switches down to the cheering pair of Mark and Eric. As Eric would say later, “It’s a bit bittersweet, watching your friends stick their runs so well! [Laughs] You’re so stoked for them, but then you gotta go up there and do even better.” The score came in, and the 2011 Dew Tour was over. Torstein jumped his way into third, giving Eric the win and earning Tor the 2011 Dew Tour Championship.
**Two things: Tor got two practice runs, while everyone else got just one? Someone needs to explain that…? And we’re lost on the debate over if a “normal” switch back 12 or a switch double-cork back 12 is harder. Anyone? Both are insane to see, especially with how low on the landing both Eric and Tor were sending ‘er. Debate!

"Big & Sexy" hair products. You heard it here, first. Eric Willett clean up at Snowbasin. PHOTO: Aaron Blatt

"Big & Sexy" hair products. You heard it here, first. Eric Willett cleans up at Snowbasin. PHOTO: Aaron Blatt

And that’s a wrap! On the eve of Valentine’s Day (hide yo wife!), much bro-love is in the air here in Utah. The awards ceremony is about to start, so get on down to Ogden and celebrate with all the 2011 Dew Tour athletes and fans. Congratulations to today’s winners, Janna Meyen-Weatherby and Eric Willett, last night’s Pipe stars, Kelly Clark and Luke Mitrani, and to Kelly, Louie Vito, Jamie Anderson, and Torstein Horgmo on their 2011 Dew Cup titles. We out!

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TOYOTA CHAMPIONSHIP
SEASON 2011
SNB SLOPESTYLE MEN FINALS
1Eric Willett97.25
2Mark Mcmorris95.00
3Torstein Horgmo93.75
4Chas Guldemond93.00
5Torgeir Bergrem87.75
6Spencer Link85.00
7Nick Julius75.00
8Cody Boan70.00
9Justin Morgan49.50
10Eric Beauchemin39.25
11Jeremy Thompson29.25
12Brandon ReisDNS

TOYOTA CHAMPIONSHIP
SEASON 2011
SNB SLOPESTYLE WOMEN FINALS
1Janna Weatherby96.00
2Jamie Anderson95.00
3Spencer O’Brien91.75
4Jordie Karlinski89.00
5Rebecca Torr48.75
6Nicki Slechta

MEN’S SNOWBOARD SUPERPIPE
RankNike 6.0 OpenKillingtonToyota ChampionshipsTotal Points
Louie Vito110010070270
JJ Thomas2829274248
Steve Fisher3708286238
Greg Bretz4865092228
Matt Ladley5927462228

WOMEN’S SNOWBOARD SUPERPIPE
RankNike 6.0 OpenKillington 2011Toyota ChampionshipsTotal Points
Kelly Clark174100100274
Queralt Castellet21008678264
Elena Hight3928270244
Soko Yamaoka4787886242
Kaitlyn Farrington5865892236

MEN’S SNOWBOARD SLOPESTYLE
RankNike 6.0 OpenKillington 2011Toyota ChampionshipsTotal Points
Torstein Horgmo110010086286
Mark Mcmorris2928692270
Eric Willett37092100262
Chas Guldemond4865482222
Jeremy Thompson5787454206

WOMEN’S SNOWBOARD SLOPESTYLE
RankNike 6.0 OpenKillington 2011Toyota ChampionshipsTotal Points
Jamie Anderson110010092292
Rebecca Torr2788678242
Jordie Karlinski3707082222
Nikki Slechta4627474210
Madison Blackley5547870202

Good-est dudes ever. Mark McMorris, Eric Willett, and Torstein Horgmo "soak" in their Utah podium. PHOTO: Aaron Blatt
Good-est dudes ever. Mark McMorris, Eric Willett, and Torstein Horgmo soak in their Utah podium. PHOTO: Aaron Blatt

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