2014 Dew Tour Ion Championships, Breckenridge, Colorado


Words & Photo’s– NED CREMIN

The Dew Tour entered the nestled town of Breckenridge, Colorado this weekend for the seventh consecutive year. Four days of skiing and snowboard action happened under both bluebird skies and 12+ inches of powder. In Mens Snowboard Superpipe, Taylor Gold Continued his streak of dominance coming off the USSA Nationals win just seven days prior. This kid is running hot. As he entered the final by way of the Last Chance qualifier (LCQ), Taylor Gold (Steamboat Springs, Co) was the first rider to drop in for the final which is usually the toughest slot. Being lead in such a tightly competitive field means having to  wait and measure how one ranks against the rest. That would bother some, but for Gold–no problem. His first run landed a 90.50 —establishing it as the one to beat for the remainder of the event and it wouldn’t be touched through each riders two takes.

Taylor Gold’s winning Run — Method on his first hit, frontside 1260, backside double Michalchuck, air to fakie, cab 1080 into a frontside 1080 to cap his run.


Joining the podium with gold was Yiwei Zhang, China, finishing second with an 88.75.  and in third Scotty James, Australia, scoring 88.25. Other riders with strong showings was Matt Ladley back off an ankle injury giving the crowd stable style and high amplitude as well as Ayumu Hirano–that kid can fly.

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Men’s Snowboard Superpipe Final Standings
1. Taylor Gold, Steamboat Springs, Colo., 90.50.  2. Yiwei Zhang, China, 88.75.  3. Scotty James, Australia, 88.25.  4. Brett Esser, Breckenridge, Colo., 85.75.  5. Ayumu Hirano, Japan, 84.00.  6. Matt Ladley, Steamboat Springs, Colo., 83.75.  7. Taku Hiraoka, Japan, 80.50.  8. Greg Bretz, Mammoth Lakes, Calif., 79.75.  9. Danny Davis, Highland, Mich., 78.75.  10. Chase Josey, Sun Valley, Idaho, 70.75.  11. Ben Ferguson, Bend, Org., 61.00.  12. Arthur Longo, France, 49.00.

Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle Final Standings
1. Jamie Anderson, South Lake Tahoe, Calif., 96.25.  2. Enni Rukajärvi, Finland, 93.25.  3. Christy Prior, New Zealand, 90.00.  4. Spencer O’Brien, Canada, 86.25.  5. Sina Candrian, Switzerland, 71.25. 6. Anna Gasser, Australia, 24.75.

Women’s Snowboard Superpipe Final Standings
1. Kelly Clark, Mammoth Lakes, Calif., 95.50.  2. Chloe Kim, Torrance, Calif., 95.00,  3. Arielle Gold, Steamboat Spring, Colo., 90.50.  4. Xuetong Cai, China, 76.50.  5. Elena Hight, South Lake Tahoe, Calif., 73.25.  6. Hannah Teter, Belmont, Vt., 35.50.

Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle Final Standings

1. Chas Guldemond, Truckee, Calif., 92.00.  2. Sebastien Toutant, Canada, 87.75.  3. Tyler Nicholson, Canada, 80.00.  4. Peetu Piiroinen, Finland, 76.75.  5. Mark McMorris, Canada, 72.50.  6. Emil Andre Ulsletten, Norway, 70.00.  7. Janne Korpi, Finland, 66.75.  8. Sven Thorgren, Sweden, 55.00.  9. Mikey Ciccarelli, Canada, 45.50.  10. Seppe Smits, Belguim, 24.25.  11. Aleksander Østreng, Norway, 16.00.  12. Yuki Kadono, Japan, 13.50.

Men’s Freeski Slopestyle Final Standings

1. Gus Kenworthy, Telluride, Colo., 88.75.  2. Øystein Bråten, Norway, 86.00.  3. Nick Goepper, Lawrenceberg, Ind., 85.50.  4. Andri Ragettli, Switzerland, 82.00.  5. Joss Christensen, Park City, Utah, 79.75.  6. Alex Bellemare, Canada, 78.50.  7. Mcrae Williams, Park City, Utah, 77.75.  8. Antti Ollila, Finland, 69.00.  9. Oscar Wester, Sweden, 67.50.  10. Henrik Harlaut, Sweden, 53.75.  11. Jesper Tjäder, Sweden, 45.75.  12. Evan McEachran, Canada, 22.00.