Caldwell And Stacey Take Big Bear AST Pipe

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One’s a newcomer to the circuit and the other’s a tour veteran, but the results were the same. Wyatt Caldwell and Kim Stacey won the Paul Mitchell American Snowboard Tour men’s and women’s halfpipe events held at Big Bear Mountain, California March 2, 2002.

With classic SoCal sunshine beating down on Bear’s superpipe, it was another great event in this year of constant events. With most of the snowboard pro tour across the Pacific at the Nippon Open in Japan, the field was wide open for newcomers to shine.

On the men’s side, early favorites would be the seasoned competitor Luke Wynen and living legend Jeff Brushie. Brushie has been challenged by Shaun Palmer this season to see who could do better in the pipe at the upcoming U.S. Open. “I’ve only ridden a couple times this year so I thought this would be a good place to put in some time before the US Open,” Brushie said.

However, Wynen and Brushie both couldn’t put runs together, which left the top spots open for newcomers like fourth-place finisher Nik Batko who had a run that included a 900, plus a frontside 7 and alley-oop backside rodeo. Third place went to Stephen Myers, while Joe Eddy landed in second with a Cab 9 and switch ally-oop rodeo. But the win went to Wyatt Caldwell who had a run that included a frontside switch alley-oop, and two inverted 7s.

The women’s side was peppered with a few more known names like third-place finisher Cara-Beth Burnside, second-place’s Paige Warner, and winner Kim Stacey.

Men’s Results
1. Wyatt Caldwell
2. Joe Eddy
3. Stephen Myers
4. Nik Batko
5. Lucky Lopez
6. Eric Jackson
7. Latimer Watson
8. Luke Wynen
9. Jeff Brushie
10. Brent Meyer

Women’s Results
1. Kim Stacey
2. Paige Warner
3. Cara-Beth Burnside
4. Torah Bright
5. Jana Manfredi
6. Jessica Zalusky