|Kiersten E. has gotten pretty comfy in blue and gold.|
|Does this make me look PHAT! Julia Marino.|
|The Danimal Has Arrived|
|Chip Linton, DOUBLE WHAMMY!|
|JP, Slobbing it up. (Slob Air).|
As soon as the riding was done I was into my car catching up to JP and Xander over at THE USOPEN of Snowboarding over at Stratton Mountain's Sun Bowl Supertrail. They checked in, bibbed up and I caught up for practice. We immediately hooked up with Ian and the Elite Team. They had been there all morning and their feedback on the large jumps was ideal. For the young "Ams" having competed for two days already to come up and get adjusted to the world class slope course was a full challenge. Ezra and Phoebe were getting pretty playful already and Biba and Quincy getting the hang. JP and Xander handled the task with the respectful mix of caution and commitment. Biggest jumps of the year and these guys were easy to work with. All business. This first day of US open slope training happens every year and has often been the scariest day of coaching each year. Not so with this crew.
|Two shots in ten seconds with Rakai...|
|...That's a Double Whammy|
The next morning was blowing hard and ten degrees when I loaded the chair at 7:45. By 8 the wind had settled at the pipe and the sun was shining. I like a spring day on cornsnow as much as most but when its thirty five and sunny the snow quality stays fast and firm and its my favorite condition. Lucky for Maverick and Xander they like it too and the pipe was top notch. Practice went well with both athletes getting all of their intended tricks in. Maverick landed his first run of slob to method to front cripp seven to cab three to front five to a final backside air. Clean and relieving for any competitor. Xander first run of Method to crippler to Mctwist...ran into trouble when the cripp was just too slowly flipped. He landed it but it was not ideal for the McSetup. Second Run Mav took out one straight air and added a backside five to the last hit and stomped it all. With his own internal pressure building in his first USopen after the Jr Jam Xander held it down with the method to crippler, mctwist, front five tail, backside air to font three. He was headed for an alley oop rodeo but wisely called it off running out of wall at the end. Both Young men shredded. I was and am stoked as a rider, honored as a coach to be able to roll up with such cool and hardworking athletes representing SMS. I did blow it with the lack of HP Shots but was filming the runs and will snap one out of Maverick's crip seven or one of his other clean as ever moves when I get the footage loaded...Congrats to Ezra Racine on a great season. I'm guessing Ian will have a nice series of stories to tell or a video of the action soon here.
Biba Turnbull did the best stale fish of the entire USOPEN out there on the slope course. She will be back again next year and probably in the next blog...could go on all night but Im two days behind already.
|EZ Front Board|
|Rider X. Xander Raith.|