Mahler Wins Big Air, Turski Wins Slope at Dew Tour; Oakley Skiers Podium in 4 of 5 Events
In the very first Final at Dew Tour in Breckenridge, Colo., 17-year-old Kai Mahler set the standard by which the rest of his Oakley teammates would be measured. In the inaugural Freeski Big Air event, the high-flying Swissman threw down the gauntlet with a switch double misty double japan grab (video below) for a 97.0 and the first Dew Cup win of the five-day event.
“It was the first time I ever did that trick,” admitted Mahler, who was joined on the podium by teammate Henrik Harlaut (3rd). “It was a crazy final. It was a super cool jump; one of the best I have ever jumped in my life.”
With the bar set high, Oakley’s freeski team would answer. Of the five freeski event podiums, Oakley athletes would appear on four of them.
On a weekend marred by blustery snowfalls and difficult conditions – especially in Slopestyle – Oakley’s finest figured out how to overcome the elements and execute their best possible runs. In Men’s Superpipe, Byron Wells got his season off to a stunning beginning, finishing 2nd (video below), the biggest result of the 20-year-old’s young career.
“Even if I’d won, I don’t think I’d feel any better than I do right now,” said Wells, clearly ecstatic with the result.
Tanner Hall was also competing in Superpipe, his first major competition in nearly four years. He was all smiles after his Finals run which earned him a 6th-place finish. There were lots of hugs and high-fives for Hall afterward. Everyone from competitors to different industry personalities were happy to see Hall back to doing his thing in the pipe.
In Women’s Slopestyle (highlight video below), Kaya Turski continued her dominating run in the discipline, one which includes six prior Dew Tour wins. Though she qualified for the Finals behind teammate Emilia Wint, she nailed the best run of the Final to earn yet another 1st-place Dew Cup. Her winning run included some fine rail work, a switch unnatural 360, a switch 540 and even a switch 720 on the final jump.
“There’s a lot of great talent coming up,” Turski said. “The young girls are definitely stepping up and keeping me on my toes.”
Harlaut also added a 3rd-place finish in Men’s Slopestyle to his 3rd in Big Air.