Click here for a Quicktime video clip of the Men’s Finals.

Click here for a Quicktime video clip of the Women’s Finals.

Wyatt Caldwell and Gretchen Bleiler edged out a tough pipe field to take the X-Nix 2002 US Snowboard Championships at Northstar At Tahoe, California this weekend. Under bright Tahoe-blue skies and scorching spring heat, the superpipe held up just long enough for the sixteen-man and eight-woman finals to be completed.

From Idaho, Caldwell surprised some of the top pipe names including the likes of second-place finisher Andy Finch, third-place placer Chris Nelson, fourth place Rob Kingwill, fifth place Luke Wynen, and sixth place Ross Powers.

The contest by the numbers: 16 men and 8 women in the finals.

The men’s final jam session was 45 minutes, women’s was 30 minutes. Riders were judged on overall impression by six judges. This left some a little confused as to what exactly they were getting judged on. USSA’s Jeremy Forster said the format was an experiment that won’t happen again.

Most of the men got five runs through the pipe, with an average of six tricks. The women got seven.

Kinger and Powers both got about 12 feet out of the pipe, while Finch and Elijah Teter got at least 10 feet out.

Caldwell’s assortment of tricks included a huge Haakon and back-to-back inverted sevens.

Coming in second place (or first loser, as the T-shirt reads), Finch hit his patented crippler sevens and nines.

Third-placer Nelson hit seven-to-seven combinations, stuck a clean (but no-grab 900), and launched a huge air to fakie.

In fourth place, Kinger made the biggest airs early in the heat, and landed such tricks as a corked-out backside nine.

On the women’s side, Bleiler edged out a tough Tricia Byrnes and Kim Stacey. Pipe favorite Kelly Clark was sitting at the bottom of the pipe watching because of two big crashes in the qualifying rounds that resulted in bruised ribs.

Bleiler put together back-to-back fives and a Michalchuk at the bottom.

This left room for some fresh faces in the finals like fourth placer Hanna Teter, Alexis Waite, Lindsey Jacobellis, Holly Lyons, and Sara Pehrson.

1 WYATT CALDWELL, USA
2 ANDY FINCH, USA
3 CHRISTOP NELSON, USA
4 ROB KINGWILL, USA
5 LUKE WYNEN, USA
6 ROSS POWERS, USA
7 ELIJAH TETER, USA
8 STEVEN FISHER, USA
9 JEREMY ADAM, USA
10 ALEX SOROKEN, USA
11 MIC GOLDSCHMIDT, USA
12 TYLER EMOND, USA
13 ADAM PETRASKA, USA
14 SCOTT LAGO, USA
15 NATHAN FARRELL, USA
16 DAVID BURRIGHT, USA
17 ALEX LUND, USA
18 GRANT GLENN, USA
19 MATTHEW FORTUNA, USA
20 LATIMER WATSON, USA
21 NATHAN HURST, USA
22 PATRICK MOORE, USA
23 ADAM PEARCE, USA
24 SHAYNE POSPISIL, USA
25 STEPHEN MYERS, USA
26 DAVID KUNZ, USA
27 DAVE BRUMM, USA
28 KEVIN PEARCE, USA
29 GAVIN HILL, USA
30 FRANZ BAHER, CHI
31 YANCY CALDWELL, USA
32 LOUIE VITO, USA
33 FRASER DONALD, USA
34 ALEX LYMAN, USA
35 WADE WILLIAMS, USA
36 JACK MITRANI, USA
37 JEREMY BLACK, USA
38 MICHAE WILLIAMS, AUS
39 RO BOOTH-DUNBAR, USA
40 DANIEL HAMMOND, USA

Women’s Final
1 GRETCHE BLEILER, USA
2 TRICIA BYRNES, USA
3 KIM STACEY, USA
4 HANNAH TETER, USA
5 ALEXIS WAITE, USA
6 LIND JACOBELLIS, USA
7 HOLLY LYONS, USA
8 SARA PEHRSON, USA
9 PAIGE WARNER, USA
10 TARA ZWINK, USA
11 TORAH BRIGHT, AUS
12 MEG PUGH, USA
13 JANA MANFREDI, USA
14 AUTUMN ROSE, USA
15 ALISA MOKLER, USA
16 SARAH THOMPSON, USA
17 TIFFAN MARSHALL, USA
18 BRITTANY GILMAN, USA
19 CRYSTAL GLYNN, USA
20 LAUREN WHALLEY, USA
21 KELLY CLARK, USA
22 KATE FLETCHER, USA
23 KRISTEN FAGAN, USA
24 MICHELLE WILSON, USA
25 LESLIE GLENN, USA
26 KELSEY BUNCE, USA
27 SSCARLE CALDWELL, USA