Six of the best female Slopestyle riders in the world dropped into the park at Breckenridge on Friday afternoon in the hope of becoming the 2012 Dew Tour champion. Tyler Davis saw all the action.
SPT and the Breck park crew put together a great course. After dropping in, the riders had two rail features to tackle. The first set-up included a waterfall, a shark fin box and a down-flat single barrel. The second section included a cool wall ride and a down-flat down rail that saw plenty of gap action.
After the rails, there were two step-downs that set the riders up for the last rail feature, which included a really tall rainbow box, a crazy c-rail and a polejam-to-bomb feature that looked terrifying. Following this last section came two final (massive) jumps.
With the sun finally out the ladies began to throw it down. Kjersti Østgarrd Buaas, Silvia Mittermueller and Sarka Pancochova all demonstrated some serious jump skills. Kjersti has one of the best frontside 360s. She spins them slow and tweaks the heck out of her stalefish. Sarka was charging the rail line all day, performing precise gap-to-50-50s. And after a rough first run, Silvia put together some terrific spins on her second.
Enni Rukajärvi finished the day in third. She was incredibly consistent and threw down two solid runs. She stomped spins in both directions and was the only one to hit the wall ride. Second went to Spencer O’Brien. She put together an amazing first run, including a huge backside 540. Her runs were technical as she stomped both switch and regular spins in both directions.
Trailing Spencer after her first run, Jamie Anderson dropped in and scored 96 to take the win. She's arguably the best slopestyle rider in the world and she showed us why. She has an effortless looking style and cruised around, throwing big cab 540s and frontside 720s with ease.
With a win in the first contest of the season, Jamie was more than stoked: “It feels so good to put down a run that was more challenging.”
1. Jamie Anderson 96.00
2. Spencer O’Brien 90.00
3. Enni Rukajärvi 82.75
4. Sarka Pancochova 75.00
5. Silvia Mittermueller 60.00
6. Kjersti Østgarrd Buaas 53.00