The modified pipe at Dew Tour is hard to ride. It looks spectacular and it makes a great change from a regular pipe event, but we saw some of the top pipe skiers in the world struggle yesterday in the Team Event. The same thing happened today on the women's side of things with a number of hefty crashes throughout the event and relatively few stomped runs.
The first run saw only 3 riders (Abigale Hansen, D-Lo and Maddie Bowman) making it to the bottom of the pipe and nobody managing to put down a run worthy of more than mid-50s points-wise. But the second started off far more strongly with Rachel Karker putting a clean run together including back-to-back flairs, decent grabs and a nice 7 up to the tombstone section at the bottom to boost the leading score well into the 80s. Devin also improved her run at the second time of asking with back-to-back 5 japans and a 450 out of the pipe to the roller for a 71. Cassie Sharpe had a nice run going on with a backflip from the shark fin, left 9 tail, right 7 but then dragged her hip on a switch cork 7 and only scored 69.0.
On Run 3, Rachel Karker put it down again, landing a touch backseat on a big 360 mute from the shark fin but then cleaning up the rest of the run and improving her score to an 87.33. Brita Sigourney put down a full run third try (backflip up top, alleyoop, 9, straight air, straight air out of the pipe and 7 at the bottom) but dragged her hands and couldn't make it to the podium. Last run of the day Cassie Sharpe finally put a run together, having wisely abandoned her switch cork 7 (backflip from the fin, b2b 9s and a flair in the pipe section, with a 360 at the bottom in the tombstone section). It was decent, but not enough to take top spot which remained with Rachel Karker, who took her first major win by a solid margin.
1st Place: Rachel Karker
2nd Place: Cassie Sharpe
3rd Place: Devin Logan
Results (When you win the comp and Dew Tour don't even have your picture):