It was the visitors’ time to shine this year at this year’s Monster Energy Shred show with all the top performers hailing from other parts of Canada. But the strong field of Whistler riders made sure there was a local presence when it came time to hand out the prize cheques.
In the men’s Boarderstyle on Friday (April 17), it was Ontario’s Scot Brown who won the day, placing first consistently in all his heats and beating Whistler rider Harrison Gray in an exciting photo finish. Nev Lapwood, also from Whistler, took third.
“On the second last turn I actually passed Scot,” said Gray, 21, recalling the last moments of the finals. “I scrubbed a little bit of speed coming out of the step-down, and I remember coming up the take off (of the last jump) and I heard him coming behind me. I did the spin and as soon as I landed I looked beside me and he was right there. I’m pretty sure we finished within inches of each other.”
The Boarderstyle course was a modified snow cross track with features such as a pond gap, a tabletop jump littered with barrels and mandatory spin on the final jump.
“It was so much fun,” said Gray. “The first few runs were a bit scary, but once you got used to the turns it was pretty awesome. It was good to see an integration of the slopestyle aspect with a mandatory spin, it definitely changed it up a bit, put a different vibe on it and made it fun.”
The Boarderstyle was Gray’s first contest in a few years. The former Canadian Halfpipe team member spent a year off the snow, injured after breaking his back in May 2013. He returned to coaching last summer and saw the Boarderstyle — with free entry and sizable prize pool — as a perfect way to try competitive snowboarding again.
“I’ve always thought Boarderstyle was an awesome event,” said Gray. “I just approached it as a fun day to ride with all my friends. Every round I kept going and as I made it to finals I was surprised. Next thing I knew I was on the podium.”
On the women’s side it was Canadian national snowboard cross team member Zoe Bergermann who took the top spot, followed by Alberta’s Brooke Voigt and Whistler’s Marie-France Roy.
“It was great, there was a good turnout with lots of girls and the weather was awesome,” said Bergermann. “I was here early for inspection and saw the pond and the barrels and wasn’t sure what I was getting in to. But once you get in there and do it it’s great and lots of fun.”
Mark McMorris corners slopestyle win
Mark McMorris showed he was one of Canada’s best slopestyle riders by scoring 96.0 at the Slopestyle on Saturday (April 18), held in Blackcomb’s Highest Level terrain park. Kyle Mack from the U.S. took second and Maxence Parrot, who competed with McMorris at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, rounded out the podium in third place. The top spot saw Mcmorris take home a cheque for $10,000. Whistler Valley Snowboard Club’s Darcy Sharpe missed the podium by just under 1.5 points to take fourth place.
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