Yesterday in the men's semifinal Eric Beauchemin put down two beautiful double rodeos but fell just short of the final cut on the sunny slopestyle course. World class riding is what put EB in the USOpen Slopestyle two years running proving him to be one of the nations toughest and most technical up and coming pro slope competitors.
For the women Kiley Kennedy was representing SMS as the youngest finalist on the hill. KK was out there mixing it up with past open winners as old as 33 as well as dew tour champions and TTR world champions. Kiley put on a great show stomping out a forty five foot half cab method, afifty five foot front three and a this giant mute grab over the final jump before greasing the cannon of terror with her signature old school method. She placed 12 in the final and twelfth in the womens qualifier for Half Pipe on thursday am. Huge congratulations are in order. Give her a pat and Thanks if you see her before she heads back to Choate for exams this week. KK will rejoin the group at nationals on the 2nd of april.
Randall and Spencer are into the mens semifinal of HP this am. This is the seminal event in mens HP snowboarding. To ride on saturday at the open is a trip on the other side of the fence. Just a few heavy riders each year get to walk that hill.