Shaun White gets huge amplitude at Dew Tour for the win. (Alli Sports)
BRECKENRIDGE, CO (Dec. 15) – Despite battling snowy conditions and a slow halfpipe Shaun White (Carlsbad, CA) and Kaitlyn Farrington (Bellevue, ID) came out on top at Dew Tour halfpipe finals. Farrington debuted back-to-back 900’s for the first time in her competition run. White sported an enormous double McTwist 1200 in his first run that scored a 95.25. Louie Vito (Sandy, UT), the defending Dew Tour champion had an impressive first run that scored a 90 and went for a double 1200 in his second, but did not land on his feet. U.S. Snowboarding’s Maddy Schaffrick (Steamboat Springs, CO) after battling two consecutive injuries soared to third with a huge front-side 720. Next up for halfpipe athletes is the Sprint U.S. Grand Prix and FIS World Cup at Copper Mountain Jan. 9-13.
Shaun White (Carlsbad, CA) won men’s Dew Tour halfpipe finals with Louie Vito (Sandy, UT) in second.
Kaitlyn Farrington (Bellevue, ID) won the women’s Dew Tour finals and Maddy Schaffrick (Steamboat Springs, CO) took third.
White’s run featured huge amplitude with his signature double McTwist 1200 and Vito’s first run had a near perfect Mikalchuk.
Farrington debuted back-to-back 900’s a first for her competition run, and Schaffrick’s run had an impressive frontside 720.
It is Schaffrick’s first competition back after suffering multiple injuries for the past two consecutive seasons.
Japan’s Taku Hiraoka took third for the men and Spain’s Queralt Castellet took second for the women.
Noticeably absent from the podium was Kelly Clark (West Dover, VT) and Elena Hight (South Lake Tahoe, CA) who struggled with speed in both their runs.
Next on the competition circuit is the Sprint U.S. Grand Prix and FIS World Cup at Copper Mountain Jan. 9-13 featuring both halfpipe and slopestyle.
QUOTES Shaun White I am excited! After coming off a knee injury this summer I am glad to be on top. I feel great and I am pumped for the season. This is the road to Sochi!
Louie Vito This is a great starting point for my season. I was really pushing to get the dub 12 and I am bummed I didn’t land it. The dub 12 was what I wanted in my run, but I couldn’t get it to my feet and I am looking forward to the next competitions to perfect my run.
Kaitlyn Farrington I qualified last for the finals and really squeaked in so it was a really nice surprise to end up in first today. It’s such a good feeling to land both my runs and win the Dew Cup again, the last time I won it was in 2010 and it’s great to be back.
It was such a bummer that Kelly [Clark] isn’t up here with me I hate seeing my friends fall and she always rides so well! I am really looking forward to the Grand Prix’s coming up- they are always a good time.
Maddy Schaffrick I was really looking to get my tricks dialed and back. It felt so good just to land a competiton run after battling these annoying injuries the last two seasons. My goal for myself was to make finals and landing on the podium is even better than I expected. This could not have turned out better for me and I am really happy.