Snowboard contests have swelled in size to a staggering number over the last few seasons. The backlash of course, is a loss of identity. Which event can’t you afford to miss? From pro riders and fans perspective alike the situation has muddied. In a moment off clarity, Vans made a judgment call. They stepped up, cleverly rolling the prize money and hype of their Triple Crown series into a much-anticipated single event. It’s an ambitious long-term plan: to become the preeminent event of the entire west coast. Two hundred thousand dollars in prize money, TV coverage on Fox Sports, and three events—the Vans Cup At Tahoe will shine, no doubt.

The inaugural event kicked off Friday night with some urban isht: graffiti artists, a Deejay, and a mean-streets triple set. Marc Frank was up in the cut too, literally (check the photos). TWS Senior photographer Kevin Zacher has always hyped up Wyatt Caldwell—on this night he blew up on his own—fifteen thousand richer for top-dog honors. South Lake’s Jimi Tomer locked second place and kept the local contingent happy. And Chris Rotax, who ambushed the rail scene with flying 450-ons, and assorted technical shenanigans earned third.

Erin Comstock was “just not very motivated and settled for third place. Have you seen this girl front board slide? Damn. Leanne Pelosi has been dominating all things metal this year and tonight was no exception—first place. Anne Flore Marxer of Switzerland filled out the middle.


1. Wyatt Caldwell (Sun Valley, ID) $15,000. Leanne Pelosi (Calgary, AB Canada) $1,000

2. Jimi Tomer (South Lake Tahoe, CA)$8,000. Anne Flore Marxer (Lausanne, SUI) $500

3. Chris Rotax (Burlington, VT) $4,000 Erin Comstock (Incline Village, NV) $400

The Vans Cup at Tahoe will air in two parts on Fox Sports Net March 18 and March 25 at 3 pm nationally during the Vans Off the Wall Hour, with subsequent airings on the FUEL action sports network.