Simon Dumont Hosts the Third Annual Dumont Cup
Mother Nature didn’t cooperate at the third annual Dumont Cup, but that didn’t stop the event from going off.
Under extremely gusty winds and frigid temperatures, the athletes bravely suited up for battle. And after a narrow podium miss at last year’s Dumont Cup, young Nick Goepper avenged his 2010 finish by taking the big “W” at Sunday River. Telluride-native Gus Kenworthy took second place, adding yet another podium to his burgeoning resume while Oakley’s own Jacob Wester took third with a first run score that stood up throughout the entire day.
Day two got underway with a small practice session and a two-run, near-40-athlete semi-final round. The debilitating wind and flat light that had plagued the morning runs improved as the day went on, allowing the competitors to bring out the wow-factor tricks and stomp more runs. Twelve athletes moved on, including the host of the weekend, Oakley ski superstar Simon Dumont. Along with Simon, guys like Oakley teammate Jossi Wells, Chris Laker, Willie Borm, Phil Casabon and the eventual podium winners: Goepper, Kenworthy and Wester.
The finals were slated to run after a mid-day lunch BBQ break, something that has become a Dumont Cup tradition. Why have a crappy voucher for an overpriced sando or soup when you can have a nice hearty burger, or something of that nature? Just another way the Dumont Cup really caters (literally) to the athletes and tries to make the whole event an experience, rather than “just another competition.”
The twelve qualifying athletes met up with two of the previous year’s Dumont Cup podium finishers — Tom Wallisch and Joss Christensen (Oakley’s Alex Schlopy did not start due to an undisclosed illness). With three runs to have at the course, things were slated to go off, but variable wind, flat light and a couple course holds created a different agenda. Sometimes the athletes would clear the jumps with ease, like Nick Goepper in his first two double flip filled runs. Other times they would knuckle hard like Vincent Gagnier. Or worse still, the wind would blow them into the parking lot in cases like Simon Dumont and Chris Laker.
After qualifying first out of the jam sessions, Chris Laker was regarded as a heavy favorite, with back-to-back double flips, unfortunately it was his switch 900 that got the best of him. Two-time Dumont Cup podiumer, Tom Wallisch, couldn’t put down a clean run, nor could Jossi Wells, who was slaying the rail section all day. Brian Kish and the Gagnier brothers all had troubles of their own as well.
Phil Casabon, a late addition to the finals, brought his stylish A-game to the table, as usual. His final hit switch 1080 tail grabs were a sight to behold. Simon Dumont, between hosting duties, managed a smooth run filled with solid switch 900s and 720s. Every competitor managed some beautiful maneuvers on the course, but the top three really did it cleanly throughout the entirety of the course. The top three runs:
Nick Goepper - Nick did a 270 on to the whoopdie box, into K-Fed (front switchup to blind 270) on the flat-down rail to a misty 630 off the cannon box. His first jump was a leftside cork 900 tail into a switch double rodeo 900 japan on the second jump. He finished the run off with a double cork 1080 mute.
Gus Kenwrothy - Kenny G. got it going with a 270 on 450 off on the whoopdie box, 450 on to 270 off on the flat-down rail, and a cork 630 blunt off the cannon. His first jump was a rightside 900 blunt. Switch left 900 lead tail on the second jump into a double cork 1260 mute on the final jump.
Jacob Wester -Jacob started with a 270 on to forward on the first box, went with a 270 disaster to forward off on the next rail to blind cork 630 off the cannon. Down below he started with a leftside 900 mute, switch 900 tail to double cork 1260 mute.
When the final bell had been rung, these three guys came out on top and rightly so. More importantly, it brought about the end to another killer Dumont Cup competition – a unique and premiere event that happens in the tiny burgh of Newry, Maine at the Sunday River Resort where skiing talent and skiing’s future collide. The only storyline here is about Simon Dumont wanting to give back to the ski community by hosting an event that caters to the athletes.
…And to the fans. After the podium ceremonies concluded, Simon and the podium guys threw out more swag than should be allowed. Ravenous kids akin to hyenas swiped at t-shirts, hoodies, goggles, glasses and even skis, compliments of the generous event sponsors. And so another Dumont Cup came to close leaving only 364 days until the next one begins.
1. Nick Goepper — 92.40
2. Gus Kenworthy — 90.00
3. Jacob Wester — 87.60
4. Charles Gagnier — 83.80
5. Phil Casabon — 83.00
6. Tom Wallisch — 82.60
7. Simon Dumont — 75.00
8. Willie Borm — 67.20
9. Joss Christensen — 61.80
10. Brian Kish — 60.60
11. Jossi Wells — 45.00
12. Vincent Gagnier — 40.00
13. Chris Laker — 40.00
14. Peter Engen — 27.40
15. Antoine Choquette — 19.00
16. Alex Schlopy — DNS