Eagle’s Jake Pates gets slopstyle win at Revolution Tour at Copper Mountain
Eagle native Jake Pates took another big step forward in his young snowboarding career this week by claiming the top spot in the 2014 Revolution Tour’s opening event at Copper Mountain Resort Wednesday.
Fresh from his first appearance at the Dew Tour in halfpipe, where he finished 22nd, Pates returned to slopestyle for the Copper event. He had stepped away from slopestyle to focus on halfpipe.
“It was awesome,” he said of the win. “I was really thankful to get back on my snowboard on the jumps. We were having a great time out there. It feels great.”
Pates’ winning run, which scored a 96.00, included a backside 540, cab double 900 and a back double 1080.
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WORKING ON SLOPE
“I’ve been trying to work on my slopestyle. I haven’t been riding it for a while,” Pates said. “Being able to mix it up is really nice.”
Pates explained that the tricks translate from halfpipe to slopestyle, but he feels like they are harder to land in the pipe, given the 22-foot vertical wall.
He didn’t finish as well as he might have liked at the Dew Tour, but he was able to finish seventh in the U.S. Grand Prix the week before. Pates is hoping that his recent resume boost could lead to his first X Games invitation when the competition returns to Aspen, Jan. 21-25.
“I feel like I’m at that level, for sure,” he said. “I’m really stoked on how the year is going so far. I’ve been training a lot. I feel really ready.”
In addition to his recent competition results, Pates finished last season strong. He earned two halfpipe podiums in last year’s Rev Tour — one at Mammoth, California, the other at Sun Valley, Idaho. He also finished fourth in the Burton European Open in Laax, Switzerland, and seventh at the U.S. Open.
“I’m keeping my hopes up that I stay on the same level,” he said.
As for trying to keep up in both halfpipe and slopestyle, he said he hopes to compete in both at the next Grand Prix stop, at Mammoth Mountain, California, Feb. 2-7.
“I feel good about it. It’s definitely going to be a struggle trying to do both of those,” he said.
He’ll have yet another chance to compete on his home turf when the Burton U.S. Open returns to Vail in March.
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