Twelve of freeskiing’s top halfpipe skiers joined atop the halfpipe at Breckenridge Ski Resort, this evening. The occasion: men’s halfpipe finals with $30,000 and the coveted Dew Tour title on the line. Despite significant snowfall throughout the day, the stage was set for one helluva show, thanks to a roaring crowd and an immaculate 22-foot halfpipe under the lights.
Tonight’s competition proved to be a heated battle from start to finish. In fact, the winning score of 91.60 was posted by the final skier of the night, David Wise, who rose to the occasion and stomped a massive run under pressure. After an uncharacteristic bobble on his first lap, Wise was able to stomp the run he was looking for, including a series of technical tricks with well executed grabs and some of the highest amplitude of the night. Wise’s run featured a right side 900 blunt, a double cork 1260 mute, a right side 1080 blunt, a switch cork 720 japan and a right double cork 1260 mute.
“It’s been an amazing week and this is such a great start to the season for me,” says @mrDavidWise. #DewTour
— FREESKIER Magazine (@Freeskier) December 13, 2015
David Wise’s Winning Run
Second place belonged to none other than Beau-James Wells. The New Zealand native and third-born member of the famed Wells clan impressed the judges and the crowd with two technical and very stylish runs through the halfpipe. Beau-James’ second place run included a sick switch 720 blunt, a right side double cork 1260 safety, a cork 900 tail, a right double flair safety and a double cork 1260 safety, earning a score of 90.40. The event marked Wells’ first-ever Dew Tour podium, and we could not be more stoked for him.
Beau-James Wells’ Second Place Run
Rounding out the podium this evening was Colorado’s own Alex Ferreira. With consistent skiing throughout the evening, Ferreira was in contention from the get-go. Thanks to a second run score of 88.60, Ferreira was able to lock up third place and a hefty amount of prize money. His run included a double flat 900 japan, a left 720 blunt, a switch 720 mute, a left double cork 1260 safety and a cork 900 blunt.
Alex Ferreira’s Third Place Run
On behalf of everyone here at FREESKIER, I’d like to congratulate all of the athletes competing this evening. Once again, you put on one heck of a show for us fans to enjoy. I speak on behalf of the entire skiing community when I say that we’re thrilled to see what you have in store for the rest of the season. Keep crushing, gentlemen.