The young gun, Sebastian Toutant took the men’s snowboarding slopestyle event yesterday with a second run score of 94.5 at the Toyota Championships in Snowbasin. Toutant took home the gold in the event and his very first Dew Cup as the tour’s overall point leader.
Having wrapped up the victory with his first run, Seb approached his second heat as a victory lap, throwing down a back 270 on first rail, 5050 gap frontside 3 out on the second, front blunt 270 out on the up box, into a front 10 double on the first jump and finishing with a back 10 double.
After earning the title Toutant described the day’s competition. “It feels great,” he said. “The first stop I got second place, the second stop I got second. To end up the season with a first place and winning the Cup, it’s a great feeling. Especially because I didn’t have a really good time riding this course because it was really hard and the weather was always pretty bad. But I’m just stoked I rode pretty good and I’m first. I couldn’t be more happy.”
Dash Kemp took on the second-place spot after his first run with a score of 83.50. He came out of the gates with a Cab 270 on, to front board tail 270 out, into front 3 back 5 off the cannon, then cab 9 tail into back double 10 on the last two jumps.
Kemp came into the second run looking to pull out all the stops for the top podium position. All was well until the final hit of the course sent him straight to his face upon reaching the landing. The crash led to some nasty swelling and a slight concussion — while Kemp was able to walk away from his tumble, the irony lies in the fact that his first run score ended up being more than enough to secure his second place finish! This was Kemp’s first season competing in the Dew Tour — hopefully he remembers most of it!
“I feel like I’m in the twilight zone right now,” he said. “This is crazy. I’m so stoked.”
Spencer Link followed Toutant and Kemp with a score of 77.25 to earn his very first Dew Tour podium.
“It feels awesome,” Link said. “Dreams do come true.”
Link also relied on his higher scoring first run which featured a backside nosepress on the up down, to front 360 over, to backside 180 out on cannon rail. On the jumps, he landed a Cab double 9 to a backside double 10.
The conditions at Snowbasin were flat light conditions and the slopestyle course consisted of three rail sections and two jumps, which caused many of the heavy hitters to fall in their runs.
Eric Willett was fresh off a big win at last month’s Pantech Invitational, and he had a solid chance at winning the Cup. But his first run he crashed and in his second he had a bit of a hand drag after his backside 9 that left him in 7th place when the contest concluded.
Other big contenders that finished off the podium were Sage Kotsenburg, who had a good first run but not up to his full potential, and his score suffered after a fall on his second left him in 6th place. Gjermund Braaten, who won the first stop of the Winter Dew Tour, also had slight deduction for a hand drag in his first run that resulted in a 5th place finish.
1. Sebastien Toutant, 94.50
2. Dash Kamp, 83.50
3. Spencer Link, 77.75
4. Jake Aaronson, 70.50
5. Gjermund Braaten, 69.75
6. Sage Kotsenburg, 61.25
7. Eric Willett, 58.75
8. Seth Hill, 53.00
9. Ian Thorley, 40.25
10. Justin Morgan, 37.25
11. Mark Hoyt, 25.00
12. Brandon Reis, 23.25