The level of riding was absolutely intense. Kai Mahler won the inaugural title with a massive final run. Gus Kenworthy threw up some big numbers to earn a second place finish with an impressive 95.75 – but fell short to Kai Mahler's 97.00.
The lead up to the finals was a battle as teammates Elias Ambühl and Jossi Wells also competed in the heat, but it was Kenworthy and Wells that emerged as first and second to qualify for the finals. Ambühl attempted a triple cork 1440 on his first hit, but didn’t quite get the rotation right and took a nasty fall.
When it came down to the finals, Kenworthy pulled out all the stops landing a perfect double cork 1620 true tail grab. Wells pulled off a switch double cork 1080, adding a classic tweaked truck driver grab that landed him fourth
place. Mahler won the event with his switch left double misty 1440 double Japan grab.
Head judge Steel Spence commented on Kenworthy’s performance, “It blew me away that Gus was able to hold a true tail throughout the entire double cork 1620. The double cork 1620 has only been done a handful of times and Gus’s tonight is hands down the best one ever!”
1st Place – Kai Mahler 97.00
2nd Place – Gus Kenworthy 95.75
3rd Place – Henrik Harlaut 94.75
4th Place – Josiah Wells 87.75
5th Place – Tom Wallisch 87.50