Gatorade Free Flow Tour closes out East and West Coast stops for 2012

Gatorade Free Flow Tour closes out East and West Coast stops for 2012

Finalists Will Compete on Winter Dew Tour Courses This Weekend at Snowbasin Resort.

Burr Ridge, Ill. Press Release – February 6, 2012 – As the final weekend of events went down, the stakes were at an all-time high for the skiers at the Gatorade Free Flow Tour events at Seven Springs, Pa., Brighton, Utah and Sierra at Tahoe, Calif. With only one last superpipe contest to be held at Snowbasin, Utah on Wednesday, these amateurs were looking for their last shot at earning a spot on the roster that will compete Saturday and Sunday on the Winter Dew Tour courses.

Out East, Seven Springs held a two-day competition, providing impeccable slopestyle and superpipe venues for the rising stars. The first-year host held a slopestyle competition Saturday, where Will Hibbs earned his third trip to the Gatorade Free Flow Tour Finals in slopestyle, looking to take his place in the circle of Champions. After eight inches of snow fell throughout the day, it took the best riding to Utah for his chance to “Flow to Pro”.

With blue bird skies, a freshly cut pipe, and a fresh blanket of snow on the mountain, Sunday was an excellent day to send one talented aspiring freeskier to the Finals next weekend at the Dew Tour in Snowbasin, Utah. Cody Buchalter will represent the freeskiers, who earned the victory with a 540 mute, alley oop flat 540, cork 900, flair and massive 720 on his last hit. Not far behind were Mike Schumacher in second and Austin Kerker in third.

With great freestyle progression coming out of the Brighton park, the only thing more impressive than the ski area itself is the talent that drove up the canyon from SLC to slay the Brighton stop of the Winter Gatorade Free Flow Tour. Over 85 contestants made the trip, but making his way to Snowbasin for the Finals is Andy Partridge. The local will not have far to travel, as he hails from Park City, Utah.

A warm winter pushed the superpipe contest over to Snowbasin, where challengers for the last three spots in the Finals will have their opportunity to compete for their spot on the professional circuit next winter.

Sierra at Tahoe, a second year host resort, pulled an impressive field of young skiers to compete at the final west coast stop of the Gatorade Free Flow Tour. The course best showcased the skills of freeskier Max Szekely out of Truckee, who will compete on the same course as the professionals at the Toyota Championship.

With the win, the four freeskiers earn a prequalified spot in the Gatorade Free Flow Tour Finals, taking place this weekend, Feb. 9-12. The event will be held in conjunction with the Winter Dew Tour’s final stop of the season, the Toyota Championships, where overall Champions will be crowed and earn a spot in the first stop of the 2012-13 Winter Dew Tour. 

Saturday and Sunday, February 4-5, 2012
Seven Springs, Pa.

Freeski Slopestyle
1. Will Hibbs  2. Brian Kiss  3. Carson Kerr  4. Jimmy Leslie  5. Reid McEachren

Freeski Superpipe
1. Cody Buchalter  2. Mike Chumacher  3. Austin Kerker  4. Jimmy Leslie  5. Evan McEachran

Saturday, February 4, 2012
Brighton, Utah

Freeski Slopestyle
1. Andy Partridge, Park City, Utah.  2. Erik Lukkari, Spring Lake, Mich.  3. Charlie Leveroni, Jackson, Wyo.  4. Ian Hamilton, Missoula, Mont.  5. Quinn Wolferman, Missoula, Mont.

Saturday, February 4, 2012
Sierra at Tahoe, Calif.

Freeski Slopestyle
1. Max Szekely, Truckee, Calif.  2. Jason Arens, South Lake Tahoe, Calif.  3. Chris Verrue, Truckee, Calif.  4. Ian Krommenkoek, Truckee, Calif.  5. Zan Zirbel, Truckee, Calif.

The winners in each of the 14 freeski contests (8 slopestyle and 6 superpipe) will be flown to the Gatorade Free Flow Tour Finals, taking place in conjunction with the Winter Dew Tour Toyota Championship, February 12-13 at Snowbasin Resort in Utah. Encompassing the “Flow to Pro” theme that is the cornerstone of the Gatorade Free Flow Tour, the two overall snowboard superpipe and slopestyle Champions and the overall freeski superpipe and slopestyle Champions will earn a spot to compete against the pros at the first stop of the 2012-13 Winter Dew Tour the following season.

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