Under the night-skiing lights at Angel Fire, 48 snowboarders took part in a shredding showdown as the Red Bull Butter Cup series, which lets snowboarders spread their smooth style onto custom-made features, made its way to New Mexico. Seventeen-year-old local Bobbie Bodrug emerged the winner.
Bobbie Bogrug Wins Pro Division
In the Pro division, it was a combination of style and finesse that gave Bodrug the edge, beating out Nick Williams and David Schoeplfe respectively. While the competition was spreading it on thick, ultimately it was about getting out and having fun. “I’m psyched!” said Bodrug coming off the podium with a cash prize, Forum snowboard and Butter Cup trophy.
Joe Reed wins AM Division
In the Amateur division, 14-year-old Joe Reed of Durango, CO edged out a talented field to take first place. “Qualifying for the finals was the hardest part because there were so many good riders,” said Reed. “This is probably the funnest event I’ve been to all year.” Coming in second was Brandon Rainbolt and in third was Jacob Blom.
Brian Claxton Wins Best Trick Honors
The crowd cheered as Brian Claxton completed a switchback one gap to back flip 180—a move that earned him Best Trick honors. The Women’s MVP award went to Chrissi Lund for bringing better butters than the six other female contestants.
The Angel Fire contest is the 19 th of a 22 stop series across the US. So what exactly makes one buttery? It’s all about how much style each rider can spread on the custom-built features also known as “butterpads.” Riders jib, bonk, tap and slide their way across a multi-featured pad, showcasing their skills and not skimping on the flair.
Visit www.redbullusa.com/buttercup for more information on the series and upcoming stops.