Dumont Cup Wrap-Up: Oakley’s Joss Christensen Podiums, Taking Third At Simon Dumont’s Pro-Am Thriller In Maine
It was more like beach than ski weather in Sunday River, Maine this weekend for the 4th Annual Dumont Cup. That didn’t stop some of the world’s best professional skiers and budding amateurs from hitting the slopes and throwing down some of the sickest tricks the sport has to offer. The newly awarded AFP platinum status event is hosted every year by Oakley skier and Maine’s own, Simon Dumont. This year the competition was thick, the weather was warm and the atmosphere was rockin.
Although unable to compete this year due to a recent knee injury, Simon was on hand to take in all the action, hanging with the crowd, signing autographs and tossing gear to adoring fans. Watching some of the world’s most elite skiers fly through a slopestyle course he himself built, Simon and a star studded cast enjoyed two full days of competition. Day one included a jam session unlike many that exist today. Consisting of a timed session of non-stop aerial acrobats, the amateur qualifying portion was a treat to anyone in attendance. 20 amateurs advanced into Saturday’s semi-final action to compete with the 20 already qualified pros for a spot in the finals.
Day two was a mad house of the best of the best showcasing their skills in front of a huge crowd. Sunday River Resort was packed with fans who traveled far and wide to see the Dumont Cup action. 40 skiers including Oakley’s qualified pros Joss Christensen, Jossi Wells and Alex Schlopy, had two runs to prove that they deserved a spot in the finals. Only 12 would move on, including Wells and Christensen.
All 12 finalists had three runs on the slopestyle course which consisted of two rail sections at the top followed by three massive jumps below. Because of the high temperatures throughout the weekend, speed was an issue for some of the athletes, but most found a way around it and didn’t disappoint the judges. One of the most notable was Joss Christensen, ending up in third place at the conclusion of the contest. Joss, who took second place in both the 2009 and 2010 events, added another Dumont Cup podium to his resume, wowing the Sunday River audience. After some impressive rail work, Joss threw down a 900 mute grab on the first jump, a double cork 1260 mute grab on his second and finished off his award winning finals run with a switch rightside 1260 leading tail.
“It was actually really good [conditions] for the weather,” Joss said about the Dumont Cup terrain. “The course held together really well. It was awesome. They put down a really good contest.”
When asked about his third place finish, Joss added, “I’m stoked! I didn’t get it [a podium spot] last year, but did the first two years and now. It was awesome”
Oakley’s New Zealand native, Jossi Wells also ended up with a very respectable fifth place finish.
The Dumont Cup can be seen on NBC on April 10, 2012 as a part of the Red Bull Signature Series.
Props go out to Joss for his third place finish as well as Jossi and Alex for representing at the Dumont Cup! Also, huge thanks to Simon for putting on such an awesome event.