After the women were done in the Superpipe, the men took the stage. With the same inclement conditions that plagued the girls, the 12 finalist men had their work cut out for them. The nine guys from prelims took on the three super-qualified — Jossi Wells, Simon Dumont and Xavier Bertoni — in a two-run battle royale filled with big air, double flips and more than a few spills. But when it was all said and done, Simon Dumont reigned supreme and took home the win (and his second straight podium this year).
Dumont, who unfortunately had a binding release on him at the end of his first run, was the second to last to drop and could feel the pressure. Dorey, who sat in first place after his first run, was finally upset by Dumont's last run. Kevin Rolland, who couldn't quite cleanly stomp his run, ended up third. Here are the top three runs:
Simon Dumont: Double cork 1260 to rightside 900 to double pipe flip 900 to huge alley-oop 720 to switch 720 to rightside alley-oop flatspin 540 to right 900.
Justin Dorey: Double cork 1260 to alley-oop flatspin 360 to switch 900 to switch rightside 720 to alley-oop flatspin 540 to rightside 900.
Kevin Rolland: Massive pipe double flip 900 to alley-oop flatspin 360 to switch 900 to switch rightside 720 to double cork 1260 with a slight hand drag.
Just off the podium was Rolland's fellow countryman Thomas Krief, who sat on the podium all day until Dumont. Krief employed the pipe double flip 900, back-to-back 900s and a silky smooth alley-oop flatspin 540 shifty at the end. Just off the podium was 15-year-old Torin Yater-Wallace, a Winter Dew Tour virgin. Wallace went absolutely richter, dropping huge flares, alley-oop flatspins, back-to-back 900s and a 1260. Not bad for his first major event.
Walter Wood, who had switched up his run the other day to include his first hit air-to-fakie, didn't quite have the amplitude of the top five, but made up for it in technicality, spinning both ways, including his 1080 at the bottom. Breck local Duncan Adams ended in the seventh spot, with his stylish run. His first hit switch straight air turned more than a few heads, coupling it with steezy tricks like switch alley-oop 720 blunt and rightside 720s.
Xavier Berotni couldn't quite find his groove. Crashing on his first run, Bertoni knew he had to pull out the double, but something went amiss on takeoff and a massive floated flare took it's place. Bertoni, despite the bumble, threw down a technical run to grab seventh. Noah Bowman, who also crashed his first run, was going off on the amplitude scale as well. Bowman, used a pipe double flip 900 to start things off into a rightside 720. The rumor mill was abuzz about a switch double flip from Bowman, unfortunately a "snow snake" or something grabbed him and docked his speed, thus making Bowman settle for a different run.
Byron Wells, who sustained a shin injury in practice, fought through the pain to put down a solid run: Switch 720, alley oop flatspin 540, back-to-back 900s and a floaty 540. The Lobster did not take his second run, but it's commendable that he even dropped in on this snowy morning. Jossi Wells, last year's Dew Cup Superpipe winner, still on the mend from ankle surgery dropped in with a stylish flare and 900, but leaving the crowd wowing to his fellow pipe riders. No doubt we'll see Wells back in action soon. Mike Riddle, unfortunately crashed both of his double cork 1260 attempts, landing him in the last spot on the score sheet. But Riddle understands his gamble and still gave the crowd a show.
1. Simon Dumont — 94.50
2. Justin Dorey — 91.25
3. Kevin Rolland — 89.25
4. Thomas Krief — 85.00
5. Torin Yater-Wallace — 83.25
T-6. Walter Wood — 78.75
T-6. Duncan Adams — 78.25
8. Xavier Bertoni — 77.75
9. Noah Bowman — 72.75
10. Byron Wells — 66.25
11. Jossi Wells — 56.00
12. Mike Riddle — 16.75
With a couple major North American Superpipe events in the bag, the major contenders and fast-rising newcomers are starting to become clear. Injury still holds a few player back, and they will be seen at the new stop of the Winter Dew Tour, in Killington, VT in January. What does this do to the AFP Halfpipe rankings? Visit the organization's site and find out. Visit freeskier.com tomorrow for a full recap of the men's slopestyle finals, taking place tomorrow afternoon.