Edwards and Anderson win Open Class Halfpipe at USASA National Championships
All photos: Seth Beckton
COPPER MOUNTAIN, Colorado. April 1, 2015. Noelle Edwards and Tyler Anderson won the Open Class Halfpipe competition at the 2015 USASA National Championships today. The event featured a field of national and international athletes competing for Ticket to Ride (TTR) points as well as thousands of dollars in prize money. The event included athletes from five countries (USA, Canada, New Zealand, France, Australia) competing in the freshly cut super pipe at the Copper Mountain Resort. Guests at the resort had great viewing from the base of the area, entertained by Eddie "MC PUMP" Kennedy, who emceed the event.
Blue sky, sunny conditions prevailed during the morning qualifying runs, with clouds moving in for the early afternoon finals. The pipe at Copper was in great shape throughout the contest with multiple slip crews maintaining the pipe throughout the contest. Commenting on the conditions today, Technical Supervisor Mark Sibayan, who also serves on the USASA Executive Board and runs the Southern California Series stated, "It was really epic conditions in the pipe today. The pipe held up great and competitors were stoked to compete. The comp ran really smoothly and all Open Class men and women were on their "A" game. There was really strong depth in the talent at this year's comp, especially in the men's field."
Edwards, of Stamford, Connecticut landed a run that featured an indy to mute to frontside 720 followed by a cab 360 to a frontside 540 to indy grab, roast beef grab to backside 540. Tyler's winning run featured huge amplitude on his first trick, a massive twelve foot frontside grab to backside mute 540, to frontside 720 indy to Haakon flip indy to frontside inverted 900 tail grab.
Best trick for the day was awarded to Joshua Bowman of Mammoth Lakes, California. Bowman rides in the USASA "Unbound Series" and received a new Under Armour Jacket for landing his thirteen foot out, frontside 900 tailgrab.
Open Class action continues tomorrow with Slopestyle competition, scheduled for April 2nd at the Copper Mountain Resort. For info, please check www.usasa.org or the USASA app: m.mobile.usasa.org
The 2015 USASA National Championships is the final event of the season for USASA athletes. Over 1,900 athletes are competing in up to seven different disciplines from March 29th through April 7th at Copper Mountain. Disciplines of competition include: Snowboard Alpine Giant Slalom, Snowboard Alpine Slalom, Boardercross, Slopestyle, Halfpipe, Rail Jam and Banked Slalom. At the conclusion of snowboard competitions, Banked Slalom on April 3rd, the USASA and Copper host four additional days of Freeski competition featuring Skiercross, Halfpipe, Slopestyle and Rail Jam.
Founded by Chuck Allen in 1988, the USASA is proud to represent the recreational and competitive interests of amateur snowboarding and freeskiing in the United States. USASA accomplishes this by supporting 31 series across the country that present over 500 events at more than 100 resorts throughout the season. The goal of the USASA is to promote fun, fair, and safe events while fostering a competitive spirit in the snowboard and freeski athlete community. In addition, USASA emphasizes education for coaches and competitors, and promotes an overall healthy snowboard and ski lifestyle.
HEARD ON THE HILL:
In the pre-dawn hours, riding up the lift in the dark, today's GS course setting grew was dismayed to learn that they would be pulling double duty. The Slalom course setter had mixed up his scheduled assigned date and slept in, meaning that the GS setters would have to set the slalom course immediately following their first set of the day. Neil Sunday took it all in stride and remained focused on the giant slalom set, headed back up on the chair for the slalom set, only to find that it was already half complete. PUNKED!! After all, it is the first day of April...
Not content with their April Fool's "the slalom course setter slept in" prank, the Alpinista course crew decided to step it up a notch and set the lower half of the entire course with the stubby on the outside, long pole on the inside. Really? PUNKED PART 2!!
Chairlift banter included a mom who reported that although her son hadn't performed up to his expectations in the Slopestyle competition, he was still happy as could be on this April Fool's Day. He pulled off the old "Saran Wrap on the toilet seat" prank on his dad with much better results than anticipated.
April Fool's pranksters were all over the mountain today here at Copper. A crowd favorite was the dude wearing the 70's, poly attire, humongous afro wig and requisite boom box playing disco hits at top volume. Gaper outfits were in abundance and the crowd at USASA Nationals were treated to some bizarre attire and behavior throughout the day.