Mount Hood, Ore. —Stratton Mountain School snowboarder Serena Shaw ’13 stood atop the podium for two consecutive days at the Burton Am Series at Mount Hood Meadows. Shaw won the Superpipe event on Jan. 16 and took second place in the Slopestyle event on Jan. 17. Mike Perle dominated the men’s Superpipe event and took first.
Shaw and Perle each won $750 for the win and qualified for a wildcard entry into the Burton US Open at Stratton Mountain, Vt., on March 7-13.
Shaw, from Bondville, Vt., won the Superpipe competition with a run consisting of a frontside 720, cab 360, stalefish, backside 540 to stalefish, finishing with a nose grab. Shaw also took home the Best Trick prize, a $250 bonus, for her backside 540 in the Superpipe.
According to SMS Snowboard Program Director Ross Powers, Perle, from Saddle River, N.J., was doing the biggest airs of the day for the men.
“He was nailing the top part of his run every time,” said Powers. “On his last run, he started off with a big backside air, into a front side 900, to a backside 540, then back to back 720s, ending with a alley-oop mute for the win.”
Shaw turned around to earn second place in the Slopestyle event the following day. Despite the pouring rain, Shaw clinched the second place spot with her first run in the course: a straight air, backside 360, nose press on the box and 50/50 180 out on the last box. She earned the Best Trick award again for the women for her frontside 540 in the Slopestyle course.
Several members of the SMS Snowboarding Program will compete next at the Dew Tour at Killington on Jan. 21-23.