Locals nearly sweeps Boarderfest slopestyle at Crested Butte | SummitDaily.com

Locals nearly sweeps Boarderfest slopestyle at Crested Butte

CRESTED BUTTE – Steve Uhen of Breckenridge came out of nowhere Thursday to win the first Boarderfest Slopestyle competition in Crested Butte, edging out fellow Breckenridge resident Nate Kern by .4 points for the $1,500 first prize.

Boarderfest regular Stephan Babler of Crested Butte filled the third spot on the podium, edging out 2003 Triple-Air champion James Linhoff of Gunnison.

In Uhen’s second run, he threw a 540 of the first jump, before stomping a 720 and finishing with a 360 with a tail grab in a fluid run to impress the judges.

Kern, who is originally from England, summed up what the first ever slopestyle event was like for the competitors today.

“There was some tough competition out here today,” Kern said.

“A lot of kids throwing down so much style.”

The men’s junior class saw Madison Ellsworth of Frisco take first, followed by Chris Kircher, from Angel Fire, N.M., and Brandon Reid, from Crested Butte.

Ryan VanLanen, a rider from Gunnison who finished 10th overall, showed how tight the snowboarding community can be when he said that he was competing for fallen friend, Josh Malay, who passed away recently after succumbing to an accident he suffered while snowboarding in Spain.

For the women, Marni Yamada of Seattle took the top podium spot, fresh off her win on Wednesday in the Boardercross event.

Gabi Vitei from Silverthorne amazed all in attendance with her huge airs and smooth style, with her final score of 25 (out of 40) outpacing by a wide margin Yamada’s final tally in the women’s section.

Vitei was rewarded with the top spot in the junior women’s division, and was joined by Lindsey Telling of Avon and Bryn Appe of Charlotte, Vt., to round out the top three.

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