GATORADE FREE FLOW TOUR WINNERS CROWNED AT TYROL BASIN (WIS.) AND MOUNTAIN HIGH (CALIF.)
Six Winners From Tyrol Basin Ski and Snowboard Area, Three From Mountain High Resort Advance to
Gatorade Free Flow Tour Finals, Feb. 4-7
Burr Ridge, Ill. – January 19, 2009 – The Gatorade Free Flow Tour crowned six event winners this weekend in Mt. Horeb, Wis., including freeskiers Austin Torvinen and Broby Leeds and snowboarders Scott Moline, Kirby Kelly, Chaz Roberts and Makayla Meixner. The two-day amateur event was hosted by Tyrol Basin Ski and Snowboard Area, Jan. 16-17. The Gatorade Free Flow Tour also held slopestyle competitons at Mountain High Resort on Jan. 17, with snowboarders Garrett Gibb and Erika Vikander and freeskier Robby Franco claiming wins in Wrightwood, Calif.
In Saturday’s freeski slopestyle competition, 17-year-old Duluth, Minn.-native Torvinen impressed the judges at Tyrol Basin, executing a clean run that included a corked left 900 during his winning run to earn a score of 92.00.
“This comp was sick,” said Torvinen. “We drove here last night, got lost two times and got stuck in a ditch, but after winning on the Gatorade Free Flow Tour, it’s all worth it.”
In the men’s snowboard slopestyle competition, Vail, Colo.-native Roberts, 17, earned the victory with an 86.00, landing a switch back 540 followed by a front 720 in his top run. Meixner, a 19 year old from Madison, Wis., punched her ticket to the Gatorade Free Flow Tour Finals in the women’s contest, using a front 360 and a clean boardslide on the rainbow rail to clinch the win with an 69.30.
“I’m learning dub rodeos, so look out for me at Finals,” joked Roberts. “This was my first time in Minnesota, and I can’t wait to get to Vermont next month!”
“I’ve never placed a in a competition before,” added Meixner. “I’m on a roll, so look out at Finals.”
The events transitioned to the superpipe for Sunday, with Leeds claiming the freeski win. The 15 year old from Vail used a huge left 720 on the first hit to earn a 75.00 and the win over the field of amateurs.
“I’m stoked that my coaches brought us to the Midwest this weekend,” said Leeds. “It‘s rad that Gatorade has given the skiiers this opportunity.”
Moline, a 16 year old from Phelps, Wis., used his amplitude and a pair of back-to-back perfect from 540s to best the field with a 91.00, while Algonquin, Ill.-native Kelly’s McTwist in the superpipe proved too good to beat, and the 14 year old won the women’s snowboard superpipe competition with an 80.00.
“It feels awesome that I’m able to represent the Midwest in the Finals,” said Moline.
“I just got back from Vermont for this competition,” added Kelly, “and I’m psyched to go back for the Finals.”
The Gatorade Free Flow Tour also held slopestyle competitions at Mountain High on Jan. 17, where 16-year-old Franco from Camino, Calif. landed a cork 900 and a clean switch 720 during his winning run, earning a score of 49.40 (on a 60-point scale).
“This is so sick,” stated Franco. “I can’t believe it! It was a lot of fun, and I’m glad I was able to pull it out.”
In the men’s snowboard slopestyle competition, South Lake Tahoe, Calif.-native Gibb, 21, started his winning run with an underflip into a backside 360 and finished it off with a front 720, earning a trip to the Finals with a 44.40. Vikander, a 19 year old from Salt Lake City, Utah, claimed a 40.20, utilizing a cab 540 and a 270 on to 270 off the wall launch.
“I’m psyched because this is only year I could do it,” said Gibb. “The finals are going to be sick!”
“Yes! I’m so happy!” exclaimed Vikander. “Thank you so much for this great opportunity.”
With the wins, all nine amateur snowboarders and freeskiers earn automatic bids into the Gatorade Free Flow Tour Finals that will take place at the Dew Tour’s Toyota Championship, February 4-7, 2010 at Mount Snow Resort in Vermont.
The Gatorade Free Flow Tour continues on its 10-stop circuit, travelling to Killington Resort (Vt.), Keystone Resort (Colo.) and Bear Mountain Resort (Calif.) for slopestyle and superpipe competitions at each, Jan. 23-24.
Gatorade Free Flow Tour – Tyrol Basin Ski and Snowboard Area Results
Saturday-Sunday, January 16-17, 2010
Mt. Horeb, Calif.
Saturday, Jan. 16
1. Austin Torvinen, Duluth, Minn., 92.00. 2. Tyler Wellman, Boyne City, Mich., 90.00. 3. Willie Borm, Chaska, Minn., 89.00. 4. Alec Nelson, Mt. Horeb, Wis., 87.60. 4. Michael Wilhelm, Vail, Colo., 87.60.
Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle
1. Chaz Roberts, Vail, Colo., 86.00. 2. Scott Moline, Phelps, Wis., 81.60. 3. Kyle Kelley, 15, Lake in the Hills, Ill., 75.00. 4. Gabe Anderson, Middleton, Wis., 69.30. 5. Oliver Larsen, Madison, Wis., 66.30.
Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle
1. Makayla Meixner, Madison, Wis., 69.30. 2. Ally Goebel, Mukwonago, Wis., 65.00. 3. Kendel Elliot, Kewaskum, Wis., 62.33. 4. Kirby Kelly, Algonquin, Ill., 60.00. 5. Riley Elliot, Kewaskum, Wis., 58.30.
Sunday, Jan. 17
1. Broby Leeds, Vail, Colo., 75.00. 2. Tyler Wellman, Boyne, Mich., 69.60. 3. Aiden Smith, Lake Geneva, Wis., 67.60. 4. Cass Sheridan, Vail, Colo., 65.30. 5. Norman Berg, Boyne City, Mich., 52.30.
Men’s Snowboard Superpipe
1. Scott Moline, Phelps, Wis., 91.00. 2. Kyle Kelley, Lake in the Hills, Ill., 85.30. 3. Alex Kondo, Fon du Lac, Wis., 64.60. 4. Gus Shuler, Janesville, Wis., 63.30. 5. Gabe Anderson, Middleton, Wis., 55.60.
Women’s Snowboard Superpipe
1. Kirby Kelly, Algonquin, Ill., 80.00. 2. Kendel Elliot, Kewaskum, Wis. 3. Riley Elliot, Kewaskum, Wis.
Gatorade Free Flow Tour – Mountain High Resort Results
Sunday, January 17, 2010
1. Robby Franco, Camino, Calif., 49.40. 2. Lars Ellington, Mt. Baldy, Calif., 47.10. 3. Noah Wallace, Spokane, Wash., 45.00. 4. Noah Curry, Truckee, Calif., 42.90. 5. Jordan Valkenaar, Spokane, Wash., 40.30.
Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle
1. Garrett Gibb, South Lake Tahoe, Calif., 44.40. 2. Brendan Gerrard, Tahoe, Calif., 40.50. 3. Matt Guntert, Mammoth, Calif., 36.70. 4. Brandon Simons, Pinon Hills, Calif., 36.50. 5. Nathaniel Kennedy, Redlands, Calif., 35.40.
Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle
1. Erika Vikander, Salt Lake City, Utah, 40.20. 2. Danyale Patterson, Kings Beach, Calif., 37.30. 3. Nirvana Ortanez, La Jolla, Calif., 35.60. 4. Jamie Madrid, Fontana, Calif., 28.70. 5. Maddie Mastro, Wrightwood, Calif., 26.00.
The 2010 Gatorade Free Flow Tour showcases the top amateur winter athletes competing in snowboarding (slopestyle and superpipe) and freeskiing (slopestyle and superpipe). The 10-stop schedule includes resorts in all areas of the United States. The winners in each of the 51 contests (30 slopestyle and 21 superpipe) will be flown to the Gatorade Free Flow Tour Finals, taking place in conjunction with the Dew Tour’s Toyota Championship, February 5-7 at Mount Snow Resort in Vermont.
Encompassing the “Flow to Pro” theme that is the cornerstone of the Gatorade Free Flow Tour, the two overall snowboard superpipe and slopestyle champions and the overall freeski superpipe and slopestyle champions earn a spot to compete against the pros at the first stop of the 2010-11 Winter Dew Tour the following season.
All competitions are open to male and female amateur competitors 21 and younger for all snowboard and freeski disciplines. There are limited spots for all competitions, so register early. There is a $20 entry fee that does not include a lift ticket, and all participants under the age of 18 must bring a parent or guardian to the event to sign a liability waiver. Contest registration forms, waivers and detailed information are available at gatoradefreeflowtour.com <http://www.allisports.com/the-gatorade-free-flow-tour> .
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Gatorade Free Flow Tour
The Gatorade Free Flow Tour, the official amateur series of the Winter Dew Tour, holds competitions at resorts across the country throughout the month of January, providing a platform for amateur freeskiers and snowboarders to showcase their skills. The inaugural winter leg of the Tour consists of 10 regional events across the U.S., featuring freeskiing (superpipe and slopestyle) and snowboarding (superpipe and slopestyle). The winners of each regional event earn a trip to compete in the Gatorade Free Flow Tour Finals held in conjunction with the Dew Tour’s Toyota Championship, Feb. 5-7, 2010, and the overall champions in the four disciplines automatically earn a spot to compete against the pros in the first stop of the 2010-11 Winter Dew Tour. Gatorade’s partnership with the Free Flow Tour began in 2009 and its presence and commitment to uplift amateur freeskiers and snowboarders and provide an extended platform to grow action sports enabled the creation of the winter season of the Gatorade Free Flow Tour. Fuel TV will broadcast select coverage of the Gatorade Free Flow Tour and allisports.com will be the home of all digital content and Tour information. More information can be found at gatoradefreeflowtour.com <http://www.allisports.com/the-gatorade-free-flow-tour> .
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