Tyler just won Breckenridge... not a bad way to start Winter Dew!
Cardiff-by-the-Sea, California (December 20, 2009) – Tyler Flanagan proves he’s ready to ride with the big boys as he wins his first Winter Dew Tour slopestyle this weekend in Breckenridge, CO. Flanagan came into the contest with the relaxed style of an underdog, but the knowledge of some new, contest winning tricks. Finishing 7th in the prelims, he was a bit of the dark horse on Sunday afternoon. Although anyone who’s seen Flanagan ride lately could have predicted that he could easily finish ahead of the strongest names in Slopestyle riding including Andreas Wiig, Scott Lago and Torstein Horgmo.
“Everything came together this weekend,” says Flanagan. “The weather was perfect, Breck built a fun course and I felt really good. Winning this event was on my list of personal and professional goals I put together for this season and now it’s my hope to get on some more podiums, have fun riding and get invited to compete in the 2010 Winter X Games.”
Flanagan topped Sage Kotsenburg and Eric Willett with his winning score of 93.0. The combination of a Cab 900, backside 1080, a frontside 1080 and a solid run of rail tricks won the judges over.
Following this weekend’s win, he moves on to the Sprint US Grand Prix of Snowboarding Slopestyle event at his home mountain, Mammoth January 4th through the 10th, then he will move on to the next Dew Tour Wendy’s Invitational stop in Snowbasin, UT carrying 100 points toward an overall Dew Tour win. Similar to the Dew Tour’s summer competition structure, the Winter Dew Tour is based on a cumulative points system as the top snow athletes battle it out for a piece of the $1.5 million prize purse and the chance to take home the Dew Cup at the conclusion of the season in February.
While Flanagan may have been born in the South, he’s no stranger to rails or kickers. The Southerner turned Mammoth-local snagged 1st Place at the Volcom Peanut Butter and Rail Jam inaugural 2009 season stop on December 13 and 2nd Place at the Volcom Championships for two years running. In between slopestyle contests and rail jams this last season, Flanagan was found filming with Mammoth Mountain in “Hot Laps”. This year he also will be found filming with Mammoth Mountain’s Play Big Productions for yet another highly anticipated Snowboarding film that will premiere the Fall of 2010.