Friday at the Dew Tour kicked off with the women’s halfpipe semi-finals. Snow was forecast but the showers held off and the 13 semi-finalists got to ride the perfectly shaped pipe.
With only the top six making it to the finals, the riding was impressive right from the beginning. Kaitlyn Farrington squeaked into the finals with her second run, scoring 0.25 points higher than Hannah Teeter and knocking her out. Torah Bright threw some of the most unique runs of the day, combining massive air to fakies and textbook Haakon flips and landing in fifth. Maddy Schaffrick qualified in fourth after performing some of the best airs of the day.
Third went to Elena Hight. She killed it all day and her runs were a mixture of technical spins and stylish straight airs. She has great style and started off runs with perfect methods. Queralt Castellet’s first run score of 85 was enough to earn her second place. The Spanish rider went higher than almost every other rider, mixing up switch and regular spins all the way down the pipe.
First place belonged to none other than Kelly Clark. She consistently hit the hight points on both her straight airs and spins. After posting a first round score of 91.25 she upped the ante on her second run and scored a 93. You can really see the confidence in her riding.
If you can’t be in Breckenridge on Saturday to watch the finals live, make sure you check out this webcast.