Dew Tour results & recap: Shaun White takes first place in men’s superpipe qualifiers

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The setting could not have been more perfect today for the Dew Tour men’s superpipe qualifiers, as over 20 riders dropped into the pipe with the sun beating down from a bluebird sky and zero wind. Some of the top names in snowboarding came out to lay their claim to Saturday’s finals, with Shaun White, Scotty Lago, Danny Davis, I-Pod, Kazu Kokubo and Louie Vito rounding out a solid field.
Louie and Christian Haller, getting ready to drop in | P: JJ Thomas

Louie and Christian Haller, getting ready to drop in | P: JJ Thomas

Each rider took two runs, with the top 16 scores moving on to finals. After first runs, Shaun White knocked Danny Davis out of first to take the top spot, laying down a huge backside method air, followed by back-to-back 1080s, a rotating inverted 540 into a frontside 900, topped off by a frontside nosegrab. Christian Haller’s first run put him into second with Ben Ferguson sitting pretty in third. Almost every rider put down a clear first run- a promising kick-off to the first Sochi qualifier.

After round 1 wrapped up, the sun set in low behind the pipe, effectively blinding the crowd, and changing the dynamic of the pipe heading into second runs. Round 2 was a bit rougher, with a handful of runs getting cut short by falls. Overall, a solid showing across the board, and a great intro to the 2013/14 contest season.

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Here are the results heading into Saturday’s superpipe finals:
1st Place – Shaun White
2nd Place – Christian Haller
3rd Place – Ben Ferguson
4th Place – Danny Davis
5th Place – Greg Bretz
6th Place – Ayumu Hirano
7th Place – Louie Vito
8th Place – Taku Hiraoka
9th Place – Taylor Gold
10th Place – Scotty James
11th Place – Kent Callister
12th Plac – Zachary Black
13th Place – Scotty Lago
14th Place – Spencer Shaw
15th Place – Benji Farrow
16th Place – Iouri Podladtchikov