Words: Jeff Schmuck
The 2013/2014 competition season is officially underway. With the first AFP platinum-level event (and Olympic qualifier for a host of nations), the Dew Tour, kicking off today in Breckenridge, Colorado, followed by the first Grand Prix next weekend at Copper Mountain, Colorado, despite the frostbite-like temperatures, things are beginning to heat up in The Centennial State.
The first halfpipe event of the winter, The North Face Park and Pipe Open, went down this past weekend at Copper Mountain, Colorado, and provided a stellar opportunity for some of the best stunt ditchers in the game to get primed and ready for the rigorous competition schedule ahead. Here's a look at what went down and how it affected the AFP World Rankings…
While Gus Kenworthy (who won the event) and Mike Riddle (who placed second) maintained their positions 9th and 3rd place positions respectively in the Halfpipe Rankings, third place finisher Kyle Smaine moved up a spot from 18th to 17th, as did Christian Allen (who placed ninth and is now ranked 19th) and the main man from Japan Kentaro Tsuda (who placed fourteenth and is now ranked 24th).
On the women's side of things, first and third place finishers Annalisa Drew and Ayana Onozuka maintains their position in 6th and 5th, while Devin Logan (who placed second) continues to climb the rankings from 40th to 31st following her knee injury last winter that forced her to the sidelines for the season.
In addition to The North Face Park and Pipe Open, Big Air Ischgl went down 10 days ago in Switzerland, where newcomer Christian Jenny picked up the win, allowing him to get on the board in the Big Air Rankings in 215th.
While neither event notably affected the Overall Rankings (with Gus Kenworthy and Jamie Crane-Mauzy still on top), expect to see some moving and shaking following this weekend's Dew Tour, which will surely consist of some of the best Halfpipe and Slopestyle skiing we'll see all winter long.