Oakley's Byron Wells Takes Third in Superpipe At Aspen Open
Oakley’s Byron Wells had the highest consistency in amplitude, dropping a switch 720, alley oop flatspin 540 to back to back 900 combos to large 540. Qualifying first in the 33 man semi-final with a smooth and stylish run, Wells was overtaken in the finals by Telluride’s Gus Kenworthy and Walter Wood.
According to Freeskier Magazine’s Shay Williams, “The doctor was in the house today and Byron showed the world he’s ready to put a hurting on the halfpipe community.”
Bryon’s little brother Beau-James made it through the qualifiers to the semi-finals but failed to make it to the finals. Wanaka’s Raphael Beazley also competed but did not make it through the qualifiers.
The Aspen Open, which is held in the same pipe as the Winter X Games, has grown to be one of the larger (if not the largest in North America) open events left. With the US Open defunct and the Opens tour gone, Aspen/Snowmass has not only filled a need, but filled it with an X Games caliber course.
1) Gus Kenworthy – 88.5 2) Walter Wood – 86.17 3) Byron Wells – 85.17 4) Brian Kish – 84 5) Patrick Baskins – 83.33 6) Evan Schwartz – 79 7) Marshall Lacroix – 77.5 8) Joss Christensen – 75.83 9) Torin Yater-Wallace – 75.67 10) Andy Partridge – 70