On Saturday, January 11, 2003, Mountain High hosted the Kawasaki Triple Big Air. Word from the riders claim that the judging was totally off. Many riders who did well in the contest felt they didn't get a fair score, but then again, when has there ever been a fairly-judged contest?
1. Shaun White $6000, Kawasaki Quad, Trip to Hawaii
2. Blaise Rosenthal $3000
3. Shane Smart $1500
4. J.P. Tomich $750
5. Roger Yu $575
6. Sean Tedore $450
7. Danny Williams $375
8. Peter Benchetler $350
9. Nate Sheehan $325
10. Claton Shoemaker $300
11. Chris Wychoff $275
12. Jake Beechler $250
13. Matt Hammer $225
14. Rahm Klampert $200
15. Todd Pearson
16. John Jackson
o Dionne Delesalle has been hitting up the backcountry in Whistler with his crew. They've been building jumps for the past few weeks, as well as scoping new ones out for the future. Dionne also headed out to Vail, Colorado to compete in the Session contest (January 15-18).
o Markku Koski is currently working with Nick Hamilton (photo editor for TransWorld Snowboarding) out in Europe. He also got an interview in the latest issue (16.6) of that mag. Check it out...
o Nicolas Droz will be getting ready to compete again, representing at the European Open scheduled this month in Italy. Shortly after that, he'll be heading out to Aspen to compete in the Winter X-Games scheduled for January 30-February 3, 2003.
o Matt Hammer pretty much scared most of the competitors during the practice runs at the Kawasaki Triple Big Air competitions last weekend at Mountain High, California. Unfortunately, a slight hand drag caused him to lose some speed hitting the last jump, putting him in 13th. With his happy go-lucky charm, he still had a great time riding with all of his good friends. Matt will be heading back to the Mammothbackcountry with Standard Films early this week to slay it some more.
o John Jacksonrecently got the wires taken out of his mouth, so he's able to eat some solid food. He said he felt a little sore from the bruising, but he should be back to normal in no time.
o Tyler Lepore has been shooting photos every day and scoping new terrain up in Whistler, BC.He'll continue concentrating on shooting photos and competing in a few contests later this month.
o JoniMakinen said that his shoulder was feeling a lot better and the reports from his doctors have been positive. He'll be headingout here to the States next weekto attend the Thirty Two R&D meeting.
o Janna Meyen is living it up in Bend, Oregon right now. She'll be there for the rest of the week and then head down to the Thirty Two headquarters for an R&D meeting.
o Chad Otterstrom slayed it last weekend during the Grand Prix out in Breckenridge, Colorado. He won the Halfpipe event and got second in the Big Air, taking home a little bit of cash ($12,000). He'll be competing in the Session contest later this week in Vail and then head to wherever the snow hits.
o Roberta Rodger is back in Vancouver, where she'll be riding every day until early next week, when she'll be heading to Thirty Two headquarters.
o Kevin Sansalone has been busy trying to get all of his sponsors locked in to support his video project, Skids 3. So far, everyone has given him positive response. Kev will also head down to the Thirty Two offices early next week.
o Wille Yli-Luoma has been a little hard to get a hold of, but the word on the streets says that he won the Oakley contest out in Europe last week. I thought he dislocated his shoulder? Well, I guess he's not doing too bad...
In other Snowboarding news...
o Flow Rider Aleksi Vanninen got an interview in the new TransWorld Snowboarding magazine (issue number 16.6) rocking the Etnies Locut II shoes in his B-boy style. Check it out...