Copper Mountain, Colorado, March 31-April 5, 2012
Copper Mountain, Colorado, is the site of the 23rd annual USASA Championships The event features 1,705 registered competitors. The commencement ceremony kicked off with athletes, representing 32 regional series, parading into the awards venue. SVSEF riders in the mix are Elk Spencer, Payton Bacca, Clara Jenner, Cora Schneider, Ryan Roemer, Chase Josey, Ali Appleton, Josie Bunce and Dash Stethem.
On the opening day of competition, Ryan Roemer, who is competing for the overall title, finished 18th in the Men's Open boardercross. In slopestyle, Clara Jenner and Payton Bacca rode to fourth and sixth in the Menehune Class (10-11). Cora Schneider was eighth in Breaker Girls (12-13) slopestyle.
Jenner claimed the silver medal in the Menehune boardercross Monday. Bacca placed sixth overall. Roemer navigated his way to 21st place in slalom. Elk Spencer was 30th in the Menehune halfpipe.
SVSEF captured its second silver medal of the national championships Tuesday, when Dash Stethem was runner-up in Men's Jams (18-22) halfpipe by 1.6 points. The 18-year-old Stethem earned a total of 73.7 points. In the men's open class, Roemer finished 19th in giant slalom. Spencer was 47th in the Menehune slopestyle.
King of the Mountain
Ryan Roemer won the King of the Wasatch title at the conclusion of the four-day Intermountain Snowboard Series at Park City, Utah. Competing in the Open Men’s Class, Roemer was never off the podium with two firsts and two thirds in halfpipe and slopestyle events. In the 10-11 class, Clara Jenner was a five-time winner. Other firsts were posted by Josie Bunce (3), Elk Spencer (2), Dash Stethem (2), and Rex Kelly. Second-place riders were Payton Bacca (5), Cora Schneider and Ali Appleton. Clyde Montgomery's best finish was a fifth in halfpipe.
Congratulations Grabos Family!
Longtime SVSEF snowboard coach A.J. Grabos and wife, Rosa, welcomed their first child, Hudson Lee, a baby boy born at 6:27 p.m. on February 20, 2012 at Wood River St. Luke's in Ketchum. We wish the new family all the best, and look forward to Hudson joining the team in seven years.
Baker Banked Slalom
The Mountain Baker Banked Slalom began 10 years before Ryan Roemer was born, but the SVSEF snowboarder made himself right at home, winning the youth amateur class at the oldest snowboard race in the U.S. Roemer’s time was the sixth fastest out of 12 division champs. Locals riding in Sunday's finals at Mount Baker, Washington, were Spencer Cordavano, who was second in the older amateur class, Cory Smith finished fourth in in the pro masters class, Mark Oliver was fifth in masters, and Joe Marx 14th in mid masters. All winners were awarded duct tape trophies.
Free Flow Tour
The catch phrase for the Dew Free Flow Tour is "from Flow to Pro," and it looks like all systems go for SVSEF rider Chase Josey who won the men's snowboard superpipe Wednesday Flow Tour at Snowbasin, Utah. In a best-of-three format, Josey's winning run consisted of a front 9, back 9, front 7, cab 7, front 10 and cab 5. It was the first time Josey attempted and landed a front 10 during competition. With the victory, Josey earned an automatic berth into the Free Flow Finals this Sunday at Snowbasin. SVSEF alum Mal Prior, now a sophomore at Westminster College, placed second.
In men's ski halfpipe, SVSEF athlete Ben Parker finished fourth. Unfortunately, teammate Trevor Hattabaugh fell and fractured his collarbone.
In the finals at Snowbasin on Sunday, Josey finished second in men's superpipe. The competition pitted the winners from all the Free Flow stops against each other. It was Josey's fourth podium in a month, according to coach Andy Gilbert.
USASA Intermountain Snowboard Series
Almost 300 snowboarders and skiers got their groove on at the Intermountain Snowboard Series in Sun Valley. The three-day event featured two boardercross races, slopestyle and halfpipe at Dollar Mountain. SVSEF Menehune riders Clara Jenner and Payton Bacca went 1-2 in all four events. Dash Stethem was a three-time class champion. Fresh off the Revolution Tour, Chase Josey and Ryan Roemer took the red-eye into Boise Saturday night and made it to Dollar in time to win and place second in halfpipe. The Beverly Hay Most Improved Award went to SVSEF riders Emmy McCune and Elk Spencer.
SVSEF Snowboard Director Andy Gilbert said, "The events could not have gone any better. The weather was beautiful. I have the best parent volunteers in the world and I would say our partnership with Sun Valley Company has hit a new high, as this might be the best venue in the Intermountain."
Gilbert also relayed a text he received from USST Snowboard Director Peter Foley, whose son competed over the weekend.
"He said the program is really coming together strong and what a great set up. You guys are already pumping out great talent and with the set-up at Dollar the potential is amazing."
Local results (Boardercross #1 & #2/Slopestyle/Halfpipe):
Menehune: Clara Jenner 1/1/1/1; Payton Bacca 2/2/2/2; Phebe Ericksen DNS/DNS/4/4; Amelia Cookston DNS/DNS/5/5.
Breaker: Emerson McCune 2/2/5/3; Cora Schneider DNS/DNS/6/2.
Open: Ali Appleton DNS/DNS/3/3.
Menehune: Elk Spencer 2/8/4/3; Colton Donovan 8/8/9/7; Austin Eggers 8/6/DNS/DNS; Lieder Schwartz DNS/DNS/10/DNS.
Breaker: Clyde Montgomery 3/3/5/5; Colin Finnerty DNS/DNS/8/6.
Junior: Rex Kelly 7/3/7/3; Connor Smith 8/7/4/4.
Jams: Dash Stethem 1/1/DNS/1.
Open: Chase Josey DNS/DNS/DNS/1; Ryan Roemer DNS/DNS/DNS/2.
SS Skier/HP Skier: Blake Beckwith 6/2.
SVSEF snowboarder Chase Josey is the current points leader of the Revolution Tour. At the latest stop in Otsego, Michigan, Josey was runner-up in halfpipe and 16th in slopestyle. It was the Josey's second straight podium at the Rev Tour. Teammate Ryan Roemer finished fifth in boardercross, seventh in slopestyle and 13th in halfpipe.