Photos: Chris Wellhausen
Dew Tour continues to differentiate itself from other major contests with the addition of the Team Challenge event. The concept of the newly added category is this: a snowboard brand picks one rider from its team to ride the jump portion of the event and another to hold it down on the jibs.
Inclement weather altered plans for the first-ever iteration, however. Due to high winds and in consideration of riders’ safety, the jump portion of the event was canceled, and both riders—initially selected for separate disciplines—took to the jib course.
Scoring takes the two best scores from both team members, combining them for a grand total, which is the final score. Riders were given three runs to clinch the best number possible in hopes of delivering a notably massive Dew Tour trophy to their board sponsor’s office.
Ride brought out Brandon Davis and newly-added team member Reid Smith to hold things down on the jumps and jibs, respectively. With jumping off the table to due to wind, Davis and Smith took to the jibs, demonstrating that both have developed a mastery of metal-riding at a young age.
Nitro chose Seb Toots and Marcus Kleveland to represent the brand in the Team Challenge, and despite an early-out on the second feature in Marcus’ otherwise flawless winning run, Nitro was able to ride away from the event with a second-place finish.
Darcy Sharpe put down a series of hammers on the features, sliding to the end of rail cleanly each time, which put Burton atop the score board early. Burton’s initial pick for the canceled jump portion, Mark McMorris, held his own as well, putting down a jam to lipslide with a stylish and stalled-out 270 off, on the Toyota cage in the middle of his run.
In total, the Team Challenge offered an opportunity for riders we would not otherwise see at the Dew Tour like Ted Borland, Jesse Paul, and Jordan Morse to demonstrate their take on snowboarding to a massive audience. We hope to see this event continue. Hopefully the weather holds next year.