Last week the first contest of the season organised by both the FIS World Cup and the World Snowboard Tour was held in Copper Mountain, Colorado, USA, with upsets and surprising results.
What didn't shock anyone was the result of the ladies' halfpipe contest, with the wonder woman Kelly Clark throwing down her frontside 1080 together with her usual huge tricks to add another victory to her infinite series of victories. In second there was the best of the rookies, Arielle Gold, while in third another legendary pipe queen, Gretchen Bleiler.
The men's halfpipe event was indeed full of shocks, with the win going to Arielle Gold's brother, Taylor; his first ever victory. Second place went to Greg Bretz, the winner of the Dew Tour, confirming him to be in top form. Another rookie, Ben Ferguson, rounded out the podium for his first time ever. Shaun White didn't show up at the halfpipe, because of a sore ankle, while Scott and Danny Davis ended up out of the top three spots.
Sarka Pancochova got the win in the ladies' slopestyle event. The 23-year-old Czech girl secured the highest score in the ladies' final of eight with 92.25 points, relegating Switzerland's Isabel Derungs (81.50) and Elena Koenz (81.25) to second and third respectively. The super favourite Jamie Anderson finished out of the top-three spots because of a mistake in both her runs.
Shaun White turned up to take part into the slopestyle contest managing to reach the final of the top-16 men, but it was Staale Sandbech who put down the hammer in the second run. He broke in to the high 90s with 97.00 points and took the final victory.
The 20-year-old Norwegian rider headed off his fellow countryman Torstein Horgmo, who seemed to have thrown down the winning run in his first attempt with a 94.75. However, it was Sandbech who claimed all the glory, earning his career-first win in front of these two big names with a super duper run. He stomped a cab 1260 to backside 1440 and backside 1080. Shaun White (USA) defended the honour of the high profile US-American slopestyle aces by rounding out the podium in third (90.75).