Words by Annie Aschim
Photos by Keith Carlsen
Video by Jamie Walter
The final stop of the 2012 The North Face Park and Pipe Open Series concluded this weekend under sunny, blue skies at Waterville Valley, New Hampshire. Twenty thousand dollars in prize money was awarded to the top finishers, with Kolby Ward of Telluride, Colorado and The North Face athlete, Devin Logan of Mount Snow, Vermont taking top honors in the park competition. Topping the podium in the nighttime big air event was Erik Hughes of Park City, Utah and the champion from the women's park competition, Devin Logan.
Qualifiers for the men's park competition took place on Friday, with over fifty male athletes trying to advance into the semi-finals in a best of two run AFP judged format.
On Saturday, with sunny, clear conditions, 20 competitors battled it out in the park semi-finals narrowing the field down to eight men for finals. Taking top honors for the men was Kolby Ward, who skied a very technical and clean run, consisting of a switch left side 720 japan, a switch right side 720 mute, and a switch left side 900 mute to japan on the jump line. He then attacked the rail portion of the course with a left side 270 onto the "Jersey Barrier" rail, a front swap on the down bar, and finally a switch lip front side 270 onto the staircase rail, scoring an 89.25.
"After crashing in his first finals run on a switch 1260, Kolby laid down a super technical run consisting of switch spins in both directions, and near flawless rail features, putting himself on the top of the podium. " stated AFP head judge for the event Dan Allen.
Rounding out the men's podium was the park champion from Northstar, James Campbell of Sugarloaf, Maine, who scored second place with an 86.75, and Alex Gorham of Stowe, Vermont, who placed third with an 83.50.
In the women's park competition, The North Face athlete Devin Logan continued her highly decorated competition season by dominating the women's field by nearly 10 points. Devin successfully landed a jump run that consisted of a switch left side 360, a switch left side 540 mute, and a forward left side 360 tail grab. She then 270'd onto the "Jersey Barrier" rail, switch buttered onto the down bar, and finally slid the staircase rail forward to forward, scoring an 88.75.
In second place was Annalisa Drew of Sugarloaf, Maine, who laid down a progressive left side rodeo 720 in her first run, receiving a score of 79.50. Rounding out the women's podium in third was Julia Marino of Loon, New Hampshire with a score of 75.50.
The big air competition took place under the lights at the base of Waterville Valley Resort on Saturday night with hundreds of spectators cheering on all the competitors. A 45-minute jam format, with overall impression criteria, advanced five men into the big air finals for a best run of two to determine the champion of the night.
Taking top honors for the men's big air was Erik Hughes of Park City, Utah, who laid down a nearly perfect left side double cork 1260 high mute grab. In second place was Alex Beaulieu of Mont Original, Canada, who stomped the landing on a switch left side double rodeo 900 mute grab. Rounding out the podium in third was the top finisher from the park competition, Kolby Ward of Telluride, Colorado, who landed a switch left side 1080 mute to japan grab.
On the women's side of things, only two females decided to throw down under the lights, and in the end, The North Face athlete and the champion from the women's park competition, Devin Logan, took top honors with a smooth left side 540 tail grab. In second place was Annalisa Drew of Sugarloaf, Maine, who showed the judges and crowd her talents by attempting a left side rodeo 720, but just missed a clean enough landing to take the win.
1) Kolby Ward - 89.25
2) James Campbell - 86.75
3) Alex Gorham - 83.5
4) Lyman Currier - 82.25
5) Emile Bergeron - 80.75
6) Vincent Gagnier - 68
7) Frank GP - 62.5
8) Alex Beaulieu - 51.25
1) Devin Logan - 88.75
2) Annalisa Drew - 79.5
3) Julia Marino - 75.5
4) Julia Krass - 71.75
5) Emmanuelle Blanchet - 41.25
Big Air Results
1) Erik Hughes
2) Alex Beaulieu
3) Kolby Ward
4) Lyman Currier
5) Emile Bergeron
1) Devin Logan
2) Annalisa Drew
Park Finals Highlights - Video by The North Face Park and Pipe Open
The North Face Park and Pipe Open Waterville Valley Recap - Video by Jamie Walter
The North Face Park and Pipe Open Series concludes for the 2012 season in Waterville Valley, New Hampshire. For more information, please visit The North Face Park and Pipe Open Series website at http://www.TheNorthFacePPOS.com.