This past weekend brought lots of challenges to the Rahlves’ Banzai Tour as the strength and prowess of competitors were put to the test against the heat of Mother Nature. Mother Nature brought lots of sunshine and spring skiing conditions, which forced the athletes to show their adaptability and cleverness in their lines. While competitors soaked up the Cali sun this weekend, they are looking forward to the fresh powder in the upcoming Silver Belt Banzai and Super Final at Sugar Bowl Resort.
Saturday was overflowing with lots of enthusiasm and excitement as the athletes and fans were hyped on all things Banzai. The champion himself, Daron Rahlves, hit the KT-22 Banzai course to show his athletic superiority, but his aggressive timed run left him with minor injuries preventing him from competing in this weekend’s Sugar Bowl Super Final. While Rahlves was being tended to for his injuries, the rest of the competition pressed onward in their solo qualifying timed runs with incredible style and creative airs. However, Mother Nature won the battle on Sunday as officials had to halt the final day of KT-22 Banzai due to un-safe conditions and bad weather.
Since Sunday’s competition was cancelled, the timed solo qualifying runs were used in determining the leaders on the podium in each of the respective categories, as well as the overall winner that will move on to compete in the Sugar Bowl Super Final for the $5,000 cash prize.
“While we are disappointed that we couldn’t hold the competition on Sunday, we respect the decision made by mountain officials,” commented an elated Rahlves. “The safety of all participants and spectators is our number one priority, so we are pumped for the fresh snow coming down before the Silver Belt Banzai and Super Final at Sugar Bowl this coming weekend.”
The top spot on the podiums this weekend were grabbed by Shannon Rahlves in women’s ski, Macy Price in women’s snowboard, John Bochenek in men’s ski, and Lucas Dehmlow in men’s snowboard. Athletes already set to compete in the hyped Super Final include John Bochenek, Jesse Maddex, and Kyle Coxon. The overall winner of the Silver Belt on Sunday will join these three qualifiers in the Super Final for the winner takes all cash prize of $5,000.
The tour kicks off this Friday night with the “Rahlves’ Banzai Welcome Party” from 5-7 pm at Moody’s Bistro, Bar & Beats followed by the “Rahlves’ Banzai Après Party” on Satuday night sponsored by High Fives Foundation at Sierra Vista Bar from 3-6 pm.