McMorris Doubles at Dew Tour and White Wins Superpipe; Oakley Athletes Podium in 8 of 10 Events
On a snowy weekend in Breckenridge, Colo., Dew Tour competition began with an Oakley athlete atop the podium and ended with the same. Over the course of the five-day gathering of the world’s best snowboarders and freeskiers, an Oakley athlete flipped and flew their way onto the podium in 8 of the 10 events.
While some competitors struggled with the conditions in Breckenridge, Mark McMorris offered up a near repeat performance from Winter X Games in January, winning the Dew Cup in both Big Air and Slopestyle. The 19-year-old Canadian firmly cemented himself as one of the most prolific big air guys in the sport today, throwing down a backside triple cork 1440 for a 96.75 to win the inaugural Big Air event and then an array of big, technical maneuvers (including a cab 900 double cork to open the run and a backside 1260 double cork to finish) to win Slopestyle with a 95.0 [highlight video below].
“I just can’t believe everything worked out the way it did,” McMorris said of the pair of wins. “I just rode the way I needed to and everything aligned. The level of riding this entire weekend has been insane. I’m just so happy.”
In both event wins, McMorris was joined on the podium by Oakley teammate Stale Sandbech, who twice finished third. Seb Toutant finished fourth in both events.
In unsurprising fashion, Shaun White was the class of Superpipe. Coming off a couple of injuries, he decided to pass on practice sessions through the week, opting for just a few warm-up runs minutes before competition. He qualified second in semifinals behind Scotty Lago. Once the Finals began, however, Shaun wasted little time demonstrating why he’s the snowboarding icon that he has become over the past decade. On his first run he started with a huge backside air, followed by a frontside double cork 1080, a cab double cork 1080, a frontside stalefish 540, and his signature double McTwist 1260, ending with a stylish alley-oop backside rodeo [highlight video below]. The 95.25 score would be enough to capture the win.
Even in victory, White, ever the perfectionist with his performances, was critical of his work, focusing instead on his second run where he botched the double backside rodeo.
“I probably didn’t need that second run … but I wanted to step it up, I wanted to do the double back rodeo, because that was something I haven’t really stuck in a contest yet,” White said. "I came around and just kind of gave up mid rotation and tried to land it as a 900 instead of going full double. And for me it’s annoying, I’m going to have to stick it at the next one. Otherwise it’ll make my mind melt.
“I’m very excited,” White continued. “I’m coming off a knee injury and a wrist surgery, and to ride like I did, it’s great. You always question how you’re going to feel when you come back in the first contest of the season. To get a win with runs like that, it’s great.”
Taku Hiraoka and Ayumu Hirano, both teenagers from Japan, also put together impressive displays. Hirano looked like he was on the verge of a podium finish with his second run, before catching his board on the edge of the halfpipe for an ugly spill. Hiraoka ended up 3rd and was recognized as the most stylish rider in the Final.
In the women’s snowboard Superpipe Final, Maddy Schaffrick managed to improve on last season’s 4th-place result, making her way onto the podium with a solid run for 3rd.