GATORADE FREE FLOW TOUR WINNERS CROWNED AT KILLINGTON (VT.), KEYSTONE (COLO.) AND BEAR MOUNTAIN (CALIF.)
Five Winners from Killington Resort, Three Each from Keystone Resort and Bear Mountain Resort Advance to Gatorade Free Flow Tour Finals, Feb. 4-7
Burr Ridge, Ill. – January 25, 2009 – The Gatorade Free Flow Tour crowned six event winners this weekend in Killington, Vt., including freeskiers Brendan Wall and Peter Engen and snowboarders Kai Wiggins, Mike Perle and Phoebe Novello, who claimed both the women's snowboard superpipe and slopestyle titles. The two-day amateur event was hosted by Killington Resort, Jan. 23-24. The Gatorade Free Flow Tour also held three slopestyle competitions apiece at Kestyone Resort on Jan. 23 and at Bear Mountain Resort on Jan. 24, with Jack Kyle, Emily Blewitt (SNB) and Yvan Metrailler (SKI) claiming wins in Keystone, Colo. At Bear Mountain, snowboarders Mark Reininga and Nirvana Ortanez and freeskier Jason Arens claimed the wins in Big Bear Lake, Calif.
Due to inclement weather conditions at both Keystone and Bear Mountain this weekend, the Gatorade Free Flow Tour superpipe competitions at both locations were cancelled.
In Saturday's freeski superpipe competition, 16-year-old Rockport, Mass.-native Wall impressed the judges at Killington, executing a clean run that included a 900 and a rodeo flatspin to earn a score of 79.33.
"This was a great contest today," said Wall. "Now I'm super stoked for the Finals!"
In the men's snowboard superpipe competition, Saddle River, N.J.-native Perle, 15, earned the victory with an 86.67, landing a frontside 540 followed by a backside 900 in his top run. Novello, a 15 year old from West Windsor, Vt., punched her ticket to the Gatorade Free Flow Tour Finals in the women's contest, using a amplitude on her backside airs to clinch the win with an 86.33.
"I just went out and had fun today," said Perle. "Now I have to keep training to get ready for Mount Snow."
"Blue skies and high fives," added Novello. "Enough said!"
The events transitioned to the slopestyle course for Sunday, with Engen claiming the freeski win. The 20 year old from Wellesley, Mass. used a switch 720 as well as a switch rodeo directly into a 900 to earn an 84.00 and the win over the field of amateurs.
"Psyched to get the win!" said Engen. "Finals are coming up real soon, so I have to train for the big Dew Tour course."
Wiggins, a 15 year old from East Greenwich, R.I., used a front 720 mute and a cab 540 to best the field with a 79.67, while Novello's amplitude again won the day, and the 15 year old became the first competitor to win multiple contests on the Gatorade Free Flow Tour, taking the women's snowboard slopestyle competition with a 79.67.
"I had a great time today," added Wiggins. "The course was really fun, and I'm stoked to win!"
"I can't believe I won both days," said Novello. "I'm so excited to see the Dew Tour and compete on both courses!"
The Gatorade Free Flow Tour also held slopestyle competitions at Keystone on Jan. 23, where 20-year-old Metrailler from Switzerland consistently soared above the competition with his amplitude, landing a clean switch 720 during his winning run and earning a score of 86.25.
"It’s so good to be in the United States and to have won this competition," said Metrailler. "I think my spinning did the trick today, because not a lot of people were spinning unnatural."
In the men's snowboard slopestyle competition, Freeport, Maine-native Kyle, 21, started his winning run with an switch backside 540 into a backside 5 and finished it off with a cab 900, earning a trip to the Finals with a 92.00. Blewitt, a 21 year old from Madison, Wis., claimed an 80.00, utilizing a cab 180 and front 360.
"It feels pretty sweet to have won," said Kyle. "I’m really excited to go to Finals. I just need to make sure I get my tricks down, like the cab 9 I did today, and I’ll be all set."
"I’ve been to other events before, but I think the GFFT has been the best," added Blewitt. "I’m really excited to go to the East Coast for the first time and compete. Should be fun!"
Bear Mountain Resort
In Sunday's slopestyle competitions held in Big Bear Lake, Calif., Arens' switch 900 to 540 into a switch 720 impressed the judges in the freeski contest, giving the 19-year-old South Lake Tahoe, Calif.-native the win over a field of 30 skiers.
"The comp was fun, there were a lot of good skiers," said Arens. "The finals are going to be awesome; I can't wait."
When it came time for the snowboard slopestyle competitions, Fredonia, N.Y.-native Reininga, 19, bested 18 others in the men's field, landing a frontside 1080 as well as a switch 720 for the victory, while Ortanez, an 18 year old from La Jolla, Calif., landed a clean frontside 360 into a back 360 to earn her spot atop the women's snowboard slopestyle podium.
"Today was sick!" added Reininga. "I'm so happy I won. It totally made sleeping in my car worth it."
"The contest was super fun," commented Ortanez. "I'm so glad I won today after getting third place at Mountain High last week."
With the wins, all 11 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 inaugural Gatorade Free Flow Tour concludes on its 10-stop circuit, travelling to Brighton Resort (Utah), Loon Mountain Resort (N.H.) and Mammoth Mountain Ski Area (Calif.) for slopestyle and superpipe competitions, Jan. 30-31.
Gatorade Free Flow Tour – Killington Resort Results
Saturday-Sunday, January 23-24, 2010
Saturday, Jan. 23
1. Brendan Wall, Rockport, Mass., 79.33. 2. Colby Vavolotis, Rehoboth, Mass., 76.33. 3. Alex Gorham, Stowe, Vt., 72.00. 4. Kyle Keating, Rockport, Mass., 70.33. 5. Daniel Rosenblum, Stanford, Conn., 69.33.
Men's Snowboard Superpipe
1. Mike Perle, Saddle River, N.J., 86.67. 2. Benji Farrow, Mount Holly, Vt., 85.67. 3. Merrick Joyce, Laconia, N.H., 84.67. 4. Hunter Wood, Fischers, Ind., 83.67. 5. Alex Rodway, Rangeley, Maine.
Women's Snowboard Superpipe
1. Phoebe Novello, West Windsor, Vt. 86.33. 2. Kylie Kennedy, Branford, Conn., 84.00. 3. Karen Kobayashi, Rye, N.H., 79.33. 4. Lena Kuchera, New York, N.Y., 77.67. 5. Olivia Wiggins, East Greenwich, R.I., 76.33.
Sunday, Jan. 24 Freeski Slopestyle 1. Peter Engen, Wellesley, Mass., 84.00. 2. Scott Donahue, Trumbull, Conn., 82.33. 3. Will Hibbs, Jericho, Vt., 82.00. 4. Christian Schumaker, Ballston Lake, Vt., 81.67. 5. Alex Gorham, Stowe, Vt., 79.33.
Men's Snowboard Slopestyle
1. Kai Wiggins, East Greenwich, R.I., 79.67. 2. Alex Rodway, Rangeley, Maine, 79.33. 3. Colin Hart, Lexington, Mass., 78.67. 4. Eric Beauchemin, Stratton, Vt., 78.33. 5. John Murphy, Burlington, Vt., 77.33.
Women's Snowboard Slopestyle
1. Phoebe Novello, West Windsor, Vt. 79.67. 2. Kylie Kennedy, Branford, Conn., 79.00. 3. Olivia Wiggins, East Greenwich, R.I., 76.33. T-4. India Stephenson, Export, Pa., 74.00. T-4. Mary Rand, Sanderstown, R.I., 74.00.
Gatorade Free Flow Tour – Keystone Resort Results
Saturday, January 23, 2010
1. Yvan Metrailler, Switzerland, 86.25. 2. Steffen Hamre, Frisco, Colo., 82.50. 3. Maks Gorham, Breckenridge, Colo., 80.50. 4. Laurent DeMartin, Switzerland, 75.00. 5. Cody Cirillo, Breckenridge, Colo., 72.00.
Men's Snowboard Slopestyle
1. Jack Kyle, Freeport, Maine, 92.00. 2. Jake LaRue, Ward, Colo., 84.75. 3. Chris DeCampo, Australia, 79.50. 4. Keith Bennett, Stowe, Vt., 77.00. 5. Andrew Speigel, Evergreen, Colo., 73.75.
Women's Snowboard Slopestyle
1. Emily Blewitt, Madison, Wis., 80.00. 2. Michaela Davis-Meehan, Breckenridge, Colo., 67.75. 3. Lauren Staveley, Breckenridge, Colo., 62.25. 4. Danielle Adams, Evergreen, Colo., 51.00. 5. Jessika Jenson, Ogden, Utah, 43.75.
Gatorade Free Flow Tour – Bear Mountain Resort Results
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Big Bear Lake, Calif.
1. Jason Arens, South Lake Tahoe, Calif. 2. Lyman Currier, Boulder, Colo. 3. Mike Mochan, Canada. 4. Noah Curry, Truckee, Calif. 5. Dylan Curry, Truckee, Calif.
Men's Snowboard Slopestyle
1. Mark Reininga, Fredonia, N.Y. 2. Garrett Weiner, Mammoth, Calif. 3. Eli Weiner, Big Bear Lake, Calif. 4. Devin Allen, Big Bear Lake, Calif. 5. Pat Garvin, Big Bear Lake, Calif.
Women's Snowboard Slopestyle
1. Nirvana Ortanez, La Jolla, Calif. 2. Jamie Madrid, Fontana, Calif. 3. Maddie Mastro, Mammoth, Calif. 4. Julie Madrid, Fontana, Calif. 5. Kim Kirch, San Diego, Calif.
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.
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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.
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