Photos: Jeff Brockmeyer
Despite conditions better suited for slaying pow than riding a slopestyle course, Chas Guldemond stomped a run that put him on top of the podium during the final day of the Winter Dew Tour in Breckenridge, Colorado.
Eight inches of fresh fluff fell the night before and throughout the day, which wrecked havoc on the massive slope course. Speed was continually an issue as all the riders had a difficult time dialing in the correct speed for the jibs and jumps. Every rider fell on at least one of their runs, with five riders falling on both runs.
Guldemond proved he’s a seasoned slope rider and overcame the adverse conditions on his first run, nabbing the top score of a 92.00. His run included frontside 270 onto the first rail, frontside boardslide 450 off the flat Mountain Dew rail, switch double wildcat, switch backside 1080, Cab 270 onto Toyota rainbow rail, and Cab 1260 into a backside double cork 1080.
After placing a disappointing 15th at the Sochi Olympics, Guldemond was especially excited for this win.
“Hard work pays off—sometimes you aren’t getting judged as well when you are doing the same tricks, so you have to branch out and redefine your snowboarding,” said Guldemond following his win. “It takes a lot of effort to do that, but when you do it, it pays off and the judges take care of you. [This win] is a major milestone. I’ve had a couple knee injures, so to come back, feel strong, and to keep up with the progression of the sport means a lot… It’s awesome!”
Sebastien Toutant, stomped his way into second scoring an 87.75 for a run that included a Cab hardway 270 onto the first rail, switch boardslide 270 off the flat Mountain Dew rail, Cab double cork 900, double backside rodeo, half-Cab to 5-0 on the Toyota rainbow rail, and frontside double cork 1080 to a backside 1080.
“During practice, I couldn’t put any runs down, and was barely able to make the jumps,” Toutant told us. “The speed got a bit better and I’m just really happy I was able to land my second run. Conditions were tough, but this second place finish feels really good.”
Seb Toutant’s second place run.
Up-and-comer Tyler Nicholson rounded out the top three with a score of 80.00, a full 12 points lower than Guldemond’s. His run included a boardslide to switch frontside boardslide on the top rail, switch boardslide 270 out on the Mountain Dew rail, Cab 900, backside double cork 1080, frontside 270 on, 270 off the Toyota rainbow rail, switch backside 900, and frontside 1080 to end it.
After just squeezing into the finals by clenching the Last Chance Qualifier in semi-finals on Friday, Mark McMorris, the defending Dew Tour slope champ, and silver medalist the Sochi Olympics, found himself in an uncharacteristic fifth place today.
McMorris’s attempt to play things safe on his first run, instead of coming out swinging, backfired as he was only awarded a 72.50 for his efforts. The Canadian who is dating the mega hot pro surfer babe, Coco Ho, tried to step it up on his second run but bailed after catching his edge on the knuckle while trying to put down his backside 1260 double cork.
McMorris and the rest of the field set their sights on the X Games in Aspen next month for another shot at podium glory.
Tyler Nicholson’s third place run.
Dew Tour 2014 Men’s Slopestyle Results
1. Chas Guldemond 92.0
2. Seb Toutant 87.75
3. Tyler Nicholson 80.00
4. Peetu Piiroinen 76.75
5. Mark Mcmorris 72.50
6. Emil Andre Ulsetten 70.00
7. Janne Korpi 66.75
8. Sven Thorgren 55.00
9. Mikey Ciccarelli 45.50
10. Seppe Smits 24.25
11. Aleksander Ostreng 16.00
12. Yuki Kadono 13.50