GFFT Stops Pave Way To Tour Finals



12 Snowboarders Earn a Spot in the Gatorade Free Flow Tour Finals, Feb. 10-13 at Snowbasin Resort

Burr Ridge, Ill. – January 31, 2011 – Host resorts on the east and west coast, as well as in the Rockies, produced yet another group of Finalists for this season’s Gatorade Free Flow Tour Finals. Taking the stage in two weeks at Snowbasin Resort in Utah, winners from Mount Bachelor, Jackson Hole, and Killington will compete for the overall title of Champion, as well as for the coveted pre-qualified spot in the 2011-12 Winter Dew Tour.  Stepping above the pack in the slopestyle division were JD Dennis and Kelly Underwood (Mt. Bachelor), Caden Michnal and Rachel Wheeler (Jackson Hole), and Brendan Hart and Jessica Gibson (Killington), while in the superpipe contests we watched as Dennis and Mimi Charter (Mt. Bachelor), Genevieve McNeil and Cam Fitzpatrick (Jackson Hole), and Justin Frybarger and Gibson (Killington) became finalists.

This season’s slopestyle contests have proven to show huge progression in the sport at each event, and this past weekend was no exception. Throwing down a run that started with a gap down to the bottom down with a 50-50, 50 to 180 on the a-frame, switch back 5, back 7, and ending with a backside rodeo to score an 83.75, seventeen-year-old Dennis won at Mt. Bachelor. Second place went to Max Warbington with an 80.00, and in third place with a 74.25 was Dustin Reed.

“Thank you so much!” said Dennis.  “This was so much fun. I can’t wait for the Finals in Utah.”

Nineteen-year-old Underwood took the win in the women’s division. Handling the top rails with a 50 to board on the DFD, and sailing over the booters with some steezy board touches, she received a final score of 60.00. Her runner up, Devin Schanke, scored a 57.5 to take second place.

“I’m so psyched,” said Underwood. “I’ve never been to Utah. I can’t wait for the Finals!”

Heading to Jackson Hole for the first time in Gatorade Free Flow Tour history, the event produced 35 contenders, where 17-year-old Michnal earned the victory in the men’s slope division with a score of 85.33. His back seven, front seven to back 180 on cab 180 off the trapezoid box,  and gap to lip on the flat down rail topped runner-up Blake Paul, who earned an 82.67, and third place finisher Cody Lee who came away with a 78.67.

Women’s slopestyle competitor Wheeler’s 66.67 earned the top spot and a trip to the Finals with good flow through the park, solid grabs, and good amplitude. With a 40.00, Lucyann Murray earned second place, while Genevieve McNeil landed in third with a 35.67.

Using a run of half cab 5-0 on the down rail, backside 180 on cab 180 off the up box, switch back 540, backside 720, to frontside 720, Hart garnered the win in Killington with an 83.50. The 16-year-old beat out fellow contestant Jackson Tupper, who came in second with an 80.00, and Jack Dawe, who came in third place with a 78.75.

“Killington put up a great course, and Gatorade put on a great contest,” said Hart. “I am psyched for the Finals!”

On the women’s side, the east coast was torn up by first-place finisher Jessica Gibson, who’s run of a 50-50 on the down bar, 50-50 on the flat box, tail grabs, and shifty’s in the jump section earned top points of 83.00. Coming in second place was Abby Parker with a 49.75.

“This contest reminds you that snowboarding is fun,” said Gibson.

Sunday hosted the weekend’s superpipe contests, where the amateurs had their sights set on plane tickets to the Finals. With an entirely local podium, Dennis also took the pipe win at Mount Bachelor, earning an 85.25 with his big airs to start, a frontside 7 to cab 7, frontside 5, and finishing with a crippler. Warbington and Kent Callister took the second and third place spots with finals scores of 79.75 and 76.25 respectively.

I’m psyched!” said Dennis. “Being able to ride in both events at Finals is great.”

The first-time resort hosted top female competitors, where Mimi Charter used a flowy run from top to bottom, with airs well over the lip and grabbing her board every which way possible. The 20-year-old’s run earned a 44.75.

“I’m excited to go to the Finals,” said Charter. “Getting a trip to compete on the Winter Dew Tour pipe is so awesome.”

Fitzpatrick, an 18-year-old local, produced a top score of 80.33 with his run. Charging the Jackson Hole pipe, his run put him ahead of Jimmy Hessler, who came in second place with a 62.67, and Mitch Crowshaw, who finished in third place with a 60.33.

The women’s division ended with McNeil landing on the podium, with a score of 71.67. Only fourteen years old, her final score earned her first trip to the Gatorade Free Flow Tour Finals.

On the east coast, Vermont’s Frybarger made it clear how badly he wanted the win. Throwing down a half cab 5-0 on the down rail, backside 180 on to cab 180 off the up box, switch back 540, backside 720, to frontside 720, he earned a 79.75.

“I’m so stoked for the Finals in Snowbasin,” said Frybarger.

Gibson also took home the win in the Killington pipe, freshly used by the pros at last week’s Winter Dew Tour. The 16-year-old’s run played out with a method 360, cab 360, and alley-oop 180, earning an 87.75.

With their wins, the twelve snowboarders earn an automatic bid into the Gatorade Free Flow Tour Finals that will take place at the Winter Dew Tour’s Toyota Championship, February 10-13, 2011 at Snowbasin Resort in Utah. Winners from the finals will earn a pre-qualified spot to compete against the pros on the 2011-12 Winter Dew Tour season.

Saturday and Sunday, January 29-30, 2011
Mount Bachelor, Ore.

Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle
1. JD Dennis, Bend, Ore. 2. Max Warbington, Bend, Ore. 3. Dustin Reed, Spartan, Mich. 4. Jeff Hopkins, Happy Valley, Ore. 5. Corey Caswell, Rockford, Mich.

Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle
1. Kelly Underwood, Welches, Ore. 2. Devin Schanke, Bend, Ore. 3. Mimi Charter, Ashland, Ore. 4. Sage Allen, Bend, Ore. 5. Jodie Beechem, Eugene, Ore.

Men’s Snowboard Superpipe
1. JD Dennis, Bend, Ore. 2. Max Warbington, Bend, Ore. 3. Kent Callister, Bend, Ore. 4. Josh Dodson, Bend, Ore. 5. Kenny Srofe, Portland, Ore.

Women’s Snowboard Superpipe
1. Mimi Charter, Ashland, Ore.

Saturday and Sunday, January 29-30, 2011

Jackson Hole, Wyo.

Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle
1. Caden Michnal, Kallispell, Mont., 2. Blake Paul, Bradford, Vt. 3. Cody Lee, Idaho Falls, Idaho. 4. Pierce Mimura, Calgary, N.Y. 5. Mitch Heberer, Kewauskum, Wisc.

Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle
1. Rachel Wheeler, Boise, Idaho. 2. Lucyann Murray, Greenwich, Conn. 3. Genevieve McNeil, Vail, Colo.

Men’s Snowboard Superpipe
1. Cam Fitzpatrick, Jackson, Wyo. 2, Jimmy Hessler, Boston, Mass. 3. Mitch Crowshaw, Calgary, N.Y. 4. Pierce Mimura, Calgary, N.Y. 5. Hunter Piggott, Jackson, Wyo.

Women’s Snowboard Superpipe
1. Genevieve McNeil, Vail, Colo.

Saturday and Sunday, January 29-30, 2011

Killington, Vt.

Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle
1. Brendan Hart, Meredith, N.H. 2. Jackson Tupper, Kennebunk, Maine. 3. Jack Dawe, Freeport, Maine. 4. Dylan Peters, Williston, Vt. 5. Levi Gunzburg, Gilford, N.H.

Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle
1. Jessica Gibson, Floral Park, N.Y. 2. Abby Parker, Holliston, Mass. 3. Victoria Gorham, Killington, Vt.

Men’s Snowboard Superpipe
1. Justin Frybarger, Rutland, Vt.

Women’s Snowboard Superpipe
1. Jessica Gibson, Floral Park, N.Y.

The winners in each of the 54 contests (30 slopestyle and 24 superpipe) will be 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.

All competitions are open to both male and female amateur competitors 21 and younger for all freeski and snowboard disciplines. There is a $20 entry fee, and all participants under the age of 18 must bring a parent or guardian to the event to sign a liability waiver. Contest registration forms, waivers and detailed information are available ahead of time at <> .