Wrecking Breckenridge: Tornstein Horgmo Dominates Slopestyle, Fellow O Riders Smash Contests
Tornstein Horgmo raged out of the gates on fire…and never looked back.
Despite challenging conditions and a freshly dumped layer of powder, the Norwegian O Ripper threw down a monster 96.50 on his first run with a frontside nose bluntslide to fakie on to switch backside tailslide to switch to take an immediate lead at the Winter Dew Tour Breckenridge Slopestyle contest. A killer final run sealed the deal to hand Tornstein the big victory.
Breckenridge local Eric Willet challenged for the title after busting out the run of his life with back-to-back double corks and a backside rodeo 5. But a bad landing after attempting a switch back 10 double cork on the last hit kicked him down to seventh. All while Tornstein finished off the field with a frontside double cork 10 on the last jump for the win.
But he wasn’t the only Oakley Team Shredder kicking arse and taking names on the slope. O youngster Mark McMorris, an emerging name, took the entire event by surprise by throwing down a cab 270 in on the down flat down rail, then switch lipslide 270, then cab 900 double cork, double wildcat, frontside 7, then back 10 double cork to grab the second podium spot.
“I’m just so happy to make a name for myself on the Dew Tour and just in the States in general,” said Mark, who’s coming off a killer summer with eyebrow raising wins like Stylewars’ spirited Rail Jam contest in Australia.
Meanwhile in the Superpipe contest, O’s army was continuing its rampage.
Oakley’s Matt Ladley secured a 75.00 to score the second podium spot behind Louis Vito.
“I did back-to-back 10s at the top and that was key for me because that’s where most of the speed is for this run,” Ladley said. “And getting those in clean and being able to maintain somewhat decent amplitude and some speed throughout the whole run, I think that’s what did it for me today.”
Matt was followed closely behind by fellow O rider Greg Betz, whose 73.75 in his first run ensured a solid finish. He came out charging with a backside 5 to front 10 to cab 7 to front 9 – then topped things off with a back 9 and a front 10 and is looking forward to the next stop of the Tour in Killington.
“Going to Vermont makes me stoked because I don’t have to do Open Qualifiers,” said Greg. “I get to go up there and focus on doing my finals run and hopefully come out with a win.”
Spain’s O Shredder Queraly Castellet Takes Women’s Snowboard Superpipe Finals
On the feminine side of the sport, 21-year-old Queraly Castellet did some wrecking of her own – taking out the field for the Women’s Superpipe Title on Breckenridge’s brand spanking new 22-foot Superpipe.
Castellet took the top podium spot for the second consecutive year at the Winter Dew Tour’s season-opening event with a winning run consisting of a back 3, front 9, back 3 grab, front 5, back 5 and a front 7 for a badarse score of 85.25.
Elena Hight of South Lake Tahoe, Calif., took second with an 80.50 and defending Dew Cup Champion Kaitlyn Farrington of Sun Valley, Idaho, rounded out the podium in third with a 74.25.
“I’m very excited because I couldn’t land the first run so for the second run I had a lot of nerves and a lot of pressure to land it,” said Castellet. “I did it, and I’m so happy.”
Main Image: Courtesy, Transworld Snowboarding: Link: “Dew Tour Breckenridge Slopestyle Finals”
Scope the full results:
SNB SLOPESTYLE MEN FINALS
1 Torstein Horgmo 96.50
2 Mark Mcmorris 93.75
3 Chas Guldemond 88.50
4 Tyler Flanagan 84.75
5 Jeremy Thompson 81.00
6 Aleksander Østreng 72.75
7 Eric Willett 61.50
8 Scott Lago 55.25
9 Sebastien Toutant 42.25
10 Staale Sandbech 32.00
11 Sage Kotsenburg 31.50
12 Robbie Walker 28.00
SNB SUPERPIPE MEN FINALS
1 Louie Vito 90.25
2 Matt Ladley 75.00
3 Greg Bretz 73.75
4 JJ Thomas 69.50
5 Christian Haller 69.00
6 Trevor Jacob 58.50
7 Steve Fisher 54.50
8 Mason Aguirre 53.50
9 Luke Mitrani 29.25
10 Ilkka-Eemeli Laari 19.25
11 Scott Lago 14.00
12 Kazuhiro Kokubo
Women’s Snowboard Superpipe – Finals
1.Queralt Castellet, Spain, 85.25.
2. Elena Hight, South Lake Tahoe, Calif., 80.50.
3. Kaitlyn Farrington, Sun Valley, Idaho, 74.25.
4. Sophie Rodriguez, France, 59.75.
5. Soko Yamaoka, Japan, 47.25.
6. Kelly Clark, West Dover, Vt., 36.00.