Simon Dumont Hosts 2nd Annual Dumont Cup
The ski season is littered with events, but the Dumont Cup at Sunday River, Maine remains the most authentic signature event on the calendar. The level of talent Simon Dumont draws to this remote resort is unparalleled on the east coast. And everything from the poker nights and lobster bakes at Simon’s house, to the complementary BBQ for all competitors, to the core New England crowd contribute to make the Dumont Cup one of the most popular Opens in the world.
The two-day contest culminated in a win by Am Alex Schlopy, who accepted the Elk rack trophy and Oakley Crankcase watch with appreciation. Joss Christensen took silver and an Oakley Warrant watch for the second straight year at the Dumont Cup and defending champion Tom Wallisch took home the bronze and an Oakley Holeshot watch.
Mother Nature blessed Sunday River with plentiful sunshine and minimal wind during the finals, which made for a wonderful day out on the slopes. With the big jump open and the camera shutters clicking, the 40 semi-finalists duked it out in two runs to impress the judging staff and move on to the afternoon’s finals. The course was hard and fast and run were laid down, with Alex Schlopy taking the top qualifying spot. Other mover on-ers included LJ Strenio, Ben Moxham, youngster Nick Goepper, Tim McChesney, Karl Fostvedt, Parker White, Joe Schuster, Samuel Lagrange, and Maks Gorham.
In all, 11 ams moved on to take on the seven pre-qualified finalists, including last year’s podium (Mike Riddle, Joss Christensen, Tom Wallisch) and the likes of Peter Olenick, Justin Dorey, Jossi Wells and Gus Kenworthy. Simon decided not to compete this year, instead opting to make sure everything was picture perfect at his namesake event and keep the crowd stoked with frequent product giveaways.
Alex Schlopestyle topped the field with his unnatural 900 to switch double-wobbling 1440 to perfection. Joss Christensen kick started the crowd with his unnatural 900 to switch double 1080. And Tom Wallisch utilized his switch right 900 to double corking 1260 to grab yet another podium this year.
In fact, doubles were abound as 4th place Nick Goepper bombed double 1260s on the bottom jump and Gus Kenworthy threw switch double 1080s and double flatspin 720s, putting him in the 5th place. Pipe master Justin Dorey tried his hand at slopestyle, and his switch right 900s were a thing of beauty as he slid into 6th place. Ams McChesney, Gorhman and Fostvedt took the next spots (7th, 8th, 9th) and Parker White rounded out the top 10.
Scary moment of the day goes to Brian Kish, whose double 1260s were gigantic, and on his 3rd run, he took it to the side (and bottom) of the jump, crashing in spectacular manner. Kish got up on his own and will hopefully sustain no serious injury and will be back on his shred sticks in no time.
Other scary moment of the day goes to the crowd of kids as Simon Dumont tossed out Oakley eyewear, Empire Gloves and apparel and Nike apparel. Kids were seen not just wrestling, but actually fighting for the premium goods. At the end of the contest, Simon held a contest between lucky crowd goers: The first to run and get fully wet in the pond by the lift base station would win a new pair of 2010-11 Salomon 2012 rockered park skis. One lucky person, dubbed “wet guy” won and is happily on his way home with a new pair of whips.
Again, with great weather, excellent event planning, a flawless course, and next-level riding, the 2nd annual Dumont Cup went off without a hitch, showing off New England’s goods to the rest of the world and proving Simon Dumont is one heck of a host.
Men’s Top 10:
1) Alex Schlopy
2) Joss Christensen
3) Tom Wallisch
4) Nick Goepper
5) Gus Kenworthy
6) Justin Dorey
7) Tim McChesney
8) Maks Gorhman
9) Karl Fostvedt
10) Parker White