Rahlves’ Banzai Tour off To high energy start

Posted By: The Ski Channel on February 3, 2011 8:01 am

The 2011 Rahlves’ Banzai Tour, the only event series of its kind in the U.S., got off to a hair-raising start during the Beaver Bowl Banzai held Jan 22-23 at Alpine Meadows. Newcomer Marcus Caston of Salt Lake City, Utah took first place in the Men’s Ski Division.

This past Sunday, under sunny skies and warm temps, on a fast and firm race course that included challenging steeps, rollers and berms, all from the natural terrain, some of the best skiers and riders in the game gathered atop Alpine Meadows’ Beaver Bowl for the first stop in the 2011 Rahlves’ Banzai Tour.

124 skiers and riders competed in Saturday’s qualifiers, which yielded 74 athletes to move on to Sunday’s finals. Competitors and spectators alike were treated to a festive Banzai party at the River Ranch Lodge on Saturday evening that benefited the High Fives Foundation. Sunday’s finals wrapped up with a celebratory finish corral where the winners in four divisions claimed their take of this first event’s $10,000 purse.

Beaver Bowl Banzai Winner List

Men’s Ski:
1st Place – Marcus Caston
2nd Place – Errol Kerr
3rd Place – Brian Sheehan
4th Place – Jesse Maddex

Women’s Ski:
1st Place – Shannon Rahlves
2nd Place – Shelly Robertson
3rd Place – Chloe Georges
4th Place – Langely McNeal

Men’s Snowboard:
1st Place – Sylvain Duclos
2nd Place – Graham Watanabe
3rd Place – Matt Clark
4th Place – Jayson Hale

Women’s Snowboard:
1st Place – Alison Martin
2nd Place – Courtney Baker
3rd Place – Amanda Spence

Kirkwood Mountain Resort will host the next stop on the Rahlves’ Banzai Tour, with the Eagle Bowl Banzai February 5 & 6th.  The resort’s Eagle Bowl promises to offer another exciting and challenging course.

The grand finale of the Banzai Tour will bring the series home to Sugar Bowl on March 12 & 13th with the historic Silver Belt Banzai, for the overall Tour Finals and a special Super Final winner-take-all worth an extra $10,000.