The best big mountain snowboarders descended on Kirkwood Mountain Resort’s “Lookout Vista” today for Day 1 of The North Face Masters of Snowboarding, presented by PrimaLoft.
With 14 inches of snow in the past 24 hours and more on the way, conditions were prime for the opening day of the two-day competition, which establishes the field for the one-run, winner-takes-all finals.
The athletes used the new snow to their advantage with huge airs and stomped landings the theme of the day. Topping the women’s field with her smooth and fluid riding was Mammoth’s Tiffany Noel with a score of 75.67. In second on Day 1 was Kirkwood local Casey Lucas with a 75.33. Rounding out the top three was another Californian, Squaw Valley’s Iris Lazzareschi, scoring 75.00.
Winning Day 1 for the men was Jamie Rizzuto who dominated the field with a score of 90.67. The Fernie local racked up this high score by hitting the chute air followed by a triple-stage cliff drop, finished with a massive method grab off the bottom windlip. Rizzuto also won Day 1 at stop #1, at Crystal Mountain, with a huge lead. He will be a favorite heading into the finals.
In second for the men was Squaw Valley’s Sammy Luebke, with an 84.33, followed by Charlie Hoch from Wolfcreek with a third-place score of 83.33.
Due to another full day of snow tomorrow, with forecasted totals of more than a foot, event organizers are delaying the finals until Sunday, April 1.
"A perfect scenario is coming in,” remarked Event Director Bryan Barlow. “Forecasters are predicting colder temps and heavy snow for the next 24 plus hours.” “This will give our final day optimal conditions for these riders to throw down on the Cirque".
The finals, held on Kirkwood’s famously steep venue, The Cirque, will be broadcast live at http://thenorthfacemasters.com/ beginning at 11:00 am PST.
As an open event, The North Face Masters provides an opportunity for both established and up-and-coming riders to put together a winning run during two days of fierce competition.
The North Face Masters of Snowboarding is presented by PrimaLoft and supported by The North Face, Subaru of America, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Bern, Lib Tech, Gnu, Mountain Sports International, Comcast Sportsnet, Snowboard Magazine, Clif Bar, Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort, Crystal Mountain and Kirkwood Mountain Resort.
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