This weekend, the fifth season of The North Face Masters of Snowboarding, presented by PrimaLoft concluded with an excitement-filled finale amidst a spring storm at Snowbird. 35 of the best big-mountain snowboarders hit North Baldy for a final run that would determine their fate. In the end, Shannan Yates and Sammy Luebke took out the competition and won both the Snowbird event and the overall tour titles.
“We had challenging conditions today, but the fresh snow for the women’s final gave us a great start to the day,” said Competition Director Patrick Brennan. “Heavy fog moved in mid-day, yet we worked through it, with the riders doing a great job at the final stop of the 2012 season.”
Sammy Luebke of Squaw Valley topped the podium for the men’s competition. His stylish airs and fast powder turns through the middle section along with a technical drop in the “Amphitheater” area of the venue earned him an 85.83 and the title. One of the most memorable runs of the day came from second place winner, Jamie Rizzuto. He finished just 0.30 points behind Luebke. And third place went to Brian Bozack of Sugar Bowl with 78.17.
The North Face Young Gun Overall Series Award for this season was The North Face athlete Blake Paul of Jackson Hole. The Young Gun is awarded to up-and-coming riders who show big promise in big-mountain snowboarding. Paul put on a wonderful show and made a huge impression on the judges and crowd. At just nineteen years old, there will be much more to come from this young talent.