VIDEO: Matt Philippi TAKES FIRST AT WINTER DEW TOUR Halfpipe QUALIFIER
Halfpipe Qualifier Raw Footage
Today marked the 2nd day of the Winter Dew Tour, which meant insane pipe action over at Breckenridge. While the weather was a bit more cooperative than the blizzard like conditions the day before, Mother Nature still woke up on the wrong side of the bed. The sun peaked out a bit here and there, but the wind gusted up strong enough to knock down some stuff.
Byron Wells boosts his way to 2nd. (View More Photos)
With only 35 competitors vying for the coveted 16 spots, the margin for error was a bit more relaxed than slopestyle. The field was absent of pipe heavy hitters, with the exception of Philippi, Margetts and JL, who all qualified highly. As in most open pipe events there was a strong disconnect between the top finishers and the bottom, usually due to the fact that pipe is hard as hell to ski.
J-Bone (Justin Dorey) goes commando and blends into his surroundings. (View More Photos)
Highlights: Matt Philippi looking like he never missed a beat with his injury last year, LJ Strenio not skiing pipe, coming out and qualifying, Byron Wells showing that Jossi isn't the only one that can ski pipe, JL Ratchel going huge, and Matt Margetts throwing switch 10s. During practice, a number of pre-qualified athletes took runs, showing the would-be qualifiers what they'll be up against in a couple days.
Matt Philippi is glowing after his first place run. (View More Photos)
Check in tomorrow for all the news and action from Slopestyle Prelims. The 16 guys that qualified Tuesday will be mixed in with the 18 pre-qualified athletes to do battle in a death match of switch 10s, double corks and 450s.
The Dumont gets in some 900's in a practice run. (View More Photos)
Men's Halfpipe Qualifier Standings:
1. Matt Philippi 2. Byron Wells 3. Wise 4. JL Ratchel 5. Walter Wood 6. Matt Margetts 7. Andre Simonpietri 8. Jack Sullan 9. John Strenio 10. Tyler Peterson 11. Thomas Krief 12. Kyle Smaine 13. Colby Albino 14. Rob Heule 15. Miles Honens 16. Kentaro Tsuda
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Shay Williams is the Managing Editor of Freeskier Magazine. He loves cheeseburgers, the Pittsburgh Penguins and Sweden. He's likely on a plane right now—first class only.