Red Gerard wins Mammoth Mountain Grand Prix, Chris Corning places fifth
Just a week after he won the Burton U.S. Open slopestyle competition, Summit County snowboarder Red Gerard won the same event at the Toyota U.S. Grand Prix this morning at Mammoth Mountain Resort in California.
The 18 year old began his winning run with a huge back-side 360, gapping up and over the first rail feature before hitting the bottom of the up-down rail. On the second rail feature, Gerard executed a boardslide on to a 270 with a nose grab off, which led to the first jump.
On that first jump, a side-hit, Gerard hucked a front-side double-cork 900 (rotating to his board’s front side, two inversions on his vertical axis, two-and-a-half full horizontal rotations). Landing the 900 without a hiccup, Gerard had plenty of speed heading into the next feature, which was a barrel-type rail. Gerard flew into the up-rail riding switch, landing a cab 180 boardslide onto the rail and a back-side 360 off. The course then featured a quick and sudden jump after that barrel rail, on which Gerard landed a front-side 540 with a tail grab.
Gerard’s success on the top portion course, successfully navigating the atypical setup, set him up perfectly for the final two jumps. On the penultimate jump, Gerard rode switch into a back-side 1260 before he pumped to pick up his speed. He then easily got around a back-side triple-cork 1440 on the final, money-booter jump for the winning score of 85.10.
At the bottom of the course, Gerard slid into a hug with third-place finisher Ruki Tobita of Japan (80.50), who joined Gerard on the podium along with second-place finisher Judd Henkes of southern California (83.95). Silverthorne 19-year-old Chris Corning finished in fifth place of the 16 finals riders with a score of 78.60.
Saturday’s slopestyle final was originally scheduled for Friday, but high winds and poor conditions at Mammoth Mountain Resort forced a postponement to Saturday.
In the Grand Prix’s men’s halfpipe competition, Dillon snowboarder Chase Blackwell qualified for Satuday’s final, before finishing in 16th place.
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