Earn Prequalified Spots at First Stop of 2011-12 Winter Dew Tour for Professional Contest Debut

Ogden, Utah – February 12, 2011 – Danika Duffy of Manhattan Beach, Calif. was named the women’s snowboard slopestyle Champion for the 2011 season of the Gatorade Free Flow Tour, while Brendan Hart earned the title in the men’s division. The wins secure Duffy and Hart prequalified spots in the first stop of the 2011-12 Winter Dew Tour, where they will make their debut in a professional contest.

“This is probably the best competition for amateurs who are trying to make it as a pro, because it’s inexpensive and can really get your foot in the door. It’s really awesome that Gatorade does this for us amateurs,” said Duffy. “I’m really excited. Hopefully I’ll be ready for the Winter Dew Tour next year.”

Taking her run down the professional slope course, Duffy pulled a super clean 50-50 gap to front lip on the top rail, boardslide through the up-down rail, 50-50 on the cannon rail with a  nice melon grab off the end, to back 3 tail, straight air with mute grab, and 50-50 on the Gatorade rail. Her run earned a top score of 93.75, narrowly beating the previous high score.  South Lake Tahoe’s Julianne Brackett, 16, placed a close second with a 91.00, while Kelly Underwood, 19, rounded out the podium in third with a 60.00.

In the men’s division, Hart came from behind to take it all in his second run. The New Hampshire native pulled together a banger run that included a 50-50 on the gap rail into a 50-50 back 180, half-cab 50-50 on the backside doublecork 1080 frontside 720, and stalefish on Gatorade legacy piece. Finishing in second place was Jacob Aaronson, who topped his first run with an 87.50. Rounding out the podium was Joseph “J.D.” Dennis in third place with a final score of 85.25.

“It’s really cool what Gatorade’s doing for the winter sports,” said Hart. “Qualifying into the Winter Dew Tour will be the biggest thing to happen so far in my career.”

The four-day competition is being held in conjunction with the 2010-11 Winter Dew Tour, featuring freeskiing and men and women’s snowboarding disciplines. The Gatorade Free Flow Tour Finals will continue tomorrow with the superpipe disciplines for freeski and men’s and women’s snowboard.

Gatorade Free Flow Tour Finals
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Ogden, Utah – Snowbasin Resort

Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle – Finals
1.     Danka Duffy, Manhattan Beach, Calif., 93.50. 2. Julianne Brackett, South Lake Tahoe, Calif., 91.00. 3. Kelly Underwood, Welches, Ore., 60.00. 4.  Taylor Owen, New London, N.H., 42.50. 5. Jamie Madrid, Fontana, Calif., 39.00. 6. Carly Harrington, Buffalo, N.Y., 30.00. 7. Rachel Wheeler, Homedale, Idaho, 21.00. 8. Alexis Roland, Bloomington, Minn., 7.75. Jessica Gibson, Floral Park, N.Y., DNS.

Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle – Finals
1.     Brendan Hart, Meredith, N.H., 90.00. 2. Jacob Aaronson, Needham, Mass., 87.50. 3. Joseph Dennis, Costa Mesa, Calif., 85.25. 4. Matthew Krichgasler, Prior Lake, Minn., 83.25. 5. Mark Reininga, Fredonia, N.Y., 69.00. 6. Kyle Mack, West Bloomfield, Mich., 58.25. 7. Gared Schneider, Hayden, Idaho, 55.25. 8. Brady Lem, Chanhassen, Minn., 45.25. 9. Jeremy Page, Hood River, Ore., 35.25. 10. Caden Michnal, East Kalispell, Mont., 30.50. 11. Daniel Voit, Buffalo, N.Y., 17.25.

The winners in each of the 54 contests (30 slopestyle and 24 superpipe) were flown to the Gatorade Free Flow Tour Finals, taking place in conjunction with the Winter Dew Tour’s Toyota Championship, February 12-13 at Snowbasin Resort in Utah. Encompassing the “Flow to Pro” theme that is the cornerstone of the Gatorade Free Flow Tour, the two overall snowboard superpipe and slopestyle champions and the overall freeski superpipe and slopestyle champions will earn a spot to compete against the pros at the first stop of the 2011-12 Winter Dew Tour the following season.