Kirkwood: First Day of the Last Stop
Words: Sara Waldman
Day One of The North Face Masters of Snowboarding presented by PrimaLoft got off to a rousing start under beautiful California skies at Kirkwood Mountain Resort today. More than 100 competitors from around the world took to the looker's right hand side of the forbidden terrain of The Cirque.
The ladies threw down with some blazing fast lines and huge cliff drops. Finishing in first was Anne-Flore Marxer of Switzerland with a score of 82.67. "It was the first time we had good snow for a comp, I just had fun" said Marxer. Finishing right behind her in second place with a score of 82.00, was 2010 tour champion Shannan Yates who pioneered a line and double dropped a cliff band no other woman hit. The third spot was dually occupied by Maria DeBari and Rosemarie Daiek, who tied with a score of 81.33.
The men's field was stacked with a total of 70 competitors. Squaw Valley's Christopher Galvin managed to wade his way through the field to come out on top with a score of 83.67. With a run that included multiple drops and smooth turns throughout the venue, Galvin took the day. Right on his heels and only one point behind with a score of 82.67 was Ralph Backstrom. Backstrom's line included a multitude of well-linked drops with smooth, fluid turns. Rounding out the top three was Mikey Marohn of Jackson Hole, the Young Gun award winner at Crystal Mountain, with a score of 82.33.
The race for the overall tour winner is coming down to the wire as competitors head to the looker's left side of the forbidden terrain of The Cirque tomorrow.
"At the start and at the bottom, all of the riders are the same. It's what they do in between that will set them apart," said Nick Perata, event announcer and snowboarding legend.
With a mere half a point currently separating first and second for overall tour points for the women, it's as close as it can get. The top two men are separated by a measly 11 points leaving the tour championship completely dependent on tomorrow's riding.
DAY ONE Results: North Face Masters of Snowboarding Presented by PrimaLoft
Friday, March 04, 2011
Ladies: Finish Name, Bib Number, Home Mountain, Country Score
1 Anne-Flore Marxer 109 Avoriaz SUI/FRA 82.67
2 Shannan Yates 51 Snowbird USA 82.00
3 Maria DeBari 52 Mt. Baker USA 81.33
3 Rosemarie Daiek 60 Kirkwood CAN 81.33
5 Kaitlin Elliot 55 Snowbird USA 80.00
Gents: Finish Name, Bib Number, Home Mountain, Country Score
1 Christopher Galvin 63 Squaw Valley USA 83.67
2 Ralph Backstrom 76 Squaw Valley USA 82.67
3 Mikey Marohn 15 Jackson Hole USA 82.33
4 Brian Bozack 14 Sugar Bowl USA 81.00
5 John Rodosky 36 Jackson Hole USA 80.67