It was all about the second runs in the freeski superpipe final, as the majority of the athletes fell attempting technical tricks during their first runs. Riddle, 23, came out on top, landing a huge double flip and his signature alley-oop bow and arrow to give him his winning score of 93.00.
“It feels amazing to win. I couldn’t be happier,” said Riddle. “I put down the run I wanted to, and I’m just happy I came out on top.”
Josiah Wells of New Zealand had a second-place finish with a score of 91.50, with a run that included a 720 tail grab. Frenchman Xavier Bertoni rounded out the podium in third with a 90.75. The Totino’s Open marks the first time Riddle, Wells or Bertoni have finished on the podium in a freeski superpipe competition.
The four-day competition is the first of three stops of the Winter Dew Tour, which features men’s and women’s snowboarding and freeskiing disciplines. Sunday’s action features the freeski slopestyle final and men’s and women’s snowboard slopestyle finals.
The complete 2009-10 Winter Dew Tour schedule is as follows:
Event Date Location
Totino’s Open Dec. 17-20 Breckenridge Ski Resort – Breckenridge, Colo.
Wendy’s Invitational Jan. 14-17 Snowbasin Resort – Ogden, Utah
Toyota Championship Feb. 4-7 Mount Snow Resort – West Dover, Vt.