Oakley and Simon Dumont Go Big in Maine
The Inaugural Dumont Cup, Oakley Skiing’s biggest event of the year, took over Sunday River, Maine on April 11th, with Pros and Ams letting loose and claiming “best contest of the year”.
NBC will be broadcasting the event next Sunday, April 26th, at 5pm EST.
“Based on the success of this year’s event, we’re already looking towards next year,” said Dumont, who wore his Pro Rider Series apparel and his Signature Splice goggle. “This was the inaugural year, everyone came out and threw down. There is definitely potential to make this an annual event.”
Sixty-eight amateur skiers from around the country turned out for a chance to compete alongside Oakley’s Simon Dumont and Jossi and other pros like Colby West, Peter Olenick, Jossi Wells, Mike Riddle and Laurant Favre.
The original course, designed by Dumont himself, featured jumps that Simon hand-selected to include in the three-hit run. It started with a creative twist on a Table Top jump that flowed right into a Quarter Pipe, and was followed up with a custom rail element.
Under the watchful eyes of the judges, five pre-qualified pros and Simon Dumont, the Ams battled it out in a three-hour JAM session in which 14 riders would qualify for the finals. Rather than move straight into the final round, Simon treated the whole event to a tremendous BBQ lunch, Maine-style.
Near perfection was witnessed on the slopestyle course, as the athletes systematically dismantled each feature for the large crowd’s viewing pleasure. After lunch, Dumont blew minds with cork 1080s and Jossi Wells’ dub cork 1260 was so flawless that the women in the crowd literally were screaming for his number.
In the end it was Pennsylvania-Turned-Utah resident Tom “T-Crack” Wallisch who walked away the victor and $10,000 richer. Second-place, Am Joss Christensen, grabbed $5K and Am Mike Riddle took third-place, receiving $3K.
As the eyewear and technical outerwear sponsor of the event, Oakley awarded a Crank Case watch and a luggage set for the top ranking Am. In addition to on-course branding and an autograph tent at the base of the event, Oakley previewed ‘09-’10 goggles and the Pro Rider Series tech outerwear in the athlete lounge.
After the podium, The Dumont Cup was kind enough to hold a rail jam for theAams, on the Red Bull/Sunday River staircase feature. A number of groms slayed the rail and one walked away with some Oakley Thumps.
The contest took place in the Rocking Chair Terrain Park near Barker Lodge a year to the date of when Dumont achieved the world record of highest air for a skier on a quarter pipe. Simon hopes the recognition gained by his world record and The Dumont Cup will help further the sport of freestyle skiing.