The first Scion High Rollerz snowboard event, held at Sunday River this past weekend, showed that snowboarding is alive and well in the East as 62 riders competed despite frigid temps and gusting winds.

Riders from Maine to D.C. showed up and threw down big air and rail tricks in four divisions, including men’s and women’s pro and am. The top pro riders at the end of the four-event series win wildcards to the US Open Snowboarding Championships slopestyle competition, courtesy of Burton Snowboards. Top ams get into the USASA Nationals. As only the top 3 scores in the series count, there is still time for riders to join the series.

This first event showcased some serious competition in the men’s pro and am divisions. The women’s divisions were smaller, but the tricks were large.

Top pros at Sunday River, all of whom took home cash prizes, included Austen Granger, riding for Mission Six in first, Morgan Rudd, riding for Von Zipper and Pinnacle in second, and Sean D’Amboise, riding for Smith and Salomon in third. The women’s division winner was Megan Burke of Andover, Mass riding for Burton.

Men’s am winners included Lucas Magoon of Pittsford, VT in first, Tyler Smith of Winthrop, ME in second and Eli Hutchins of Lovell, ME in third. Top women ams were Nelle Ward of Dorset, VT, Becky Slattery of Gilead, ME in second and Nora Connors of W. Newbury, Mass in third. The am winners took home tons of product from sponsors including Smith Optics, Elan/Artec, Winterstick, Flow, Vew-Do, Sunny Breeze, Giro, Atomic and a bunch of others.

“This event shows that kids in the east are dedicated to the sport and have the heart and guts to get to the top level” said Andrew Mutty, High Rollerz co-creator and organizer. “The best riders in the world come out of the east. We want to make sure we keep that development cycle going with events like High Rollerz. We expect some great riders to go from here to the Open” added Skip Winter from Fringe Marketing, the co-creator and organizer.

The next Scion High Rollerz tour stop will be January 4 at Ragged Mountain, New Hampshire, followed by Blue Hills MA on February 21 and the finals at Waterville Valley, NH on March 6. Since the field is limited to 100 riders, there are still spots for anyone who wants to post scores for the last three events and try to qualify for the Open.Scion High Rollerz Top Finishers, Sunday River, December 13, 2003

Division NameSponsorsHometown

Am Womens: 1st Nelle WardWinterstick, SmithDorset, VT

2nd Becky SlatteryGould AcademyGilead, ME

3rd Nora ConnorsManitoba HarvestW. Newbury, MA

Am Mens:

1st Lucas MagoonForum, Volcom, CircaPittsford, VT

2nd Tyler SmithSmithWinthrop, ME

3rd Eli HutchinsLovell, ME

4th Colin BoydEliot, ME

Pro Women:

1st Megan Burke Andover, MA

Pro Men:

1st Austen GrangerMission SixSouthwick, MA

2nd Morgan RuddVon Zipper, PinnacleCenter Lovell, ME

3rd Sean D’AmboiseSalomon, Bonfire, SmithNew Gloucester, ME

4th Ben ManheimerRomeFalmouth, ME

Scion High Rollerz Snowboard Series Sponsors:Scion, Transworld Snowboarding,Elan/Artec Project,Winterstick,Burton Snowboards,Smith Optics,Givo,Rye Airfield,Scott,Sunny Breeze,Drop,Vew-Do,Giro,Oakley,Eastern Boarder,Eastern Edge,Pioneers,NOTB,Smuttynose Brewing Company,Fringe Marketing,Flow,Andrewmutty.com,USASA,Atomic