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Big tricks, big spills, big air

Boarderfest brings out best in local riders

Big air, huge tricks and a large crowd were all part of Steamboat Boarderfest 2000 on the slopes of Headwall over the weekend.

The ‘fest came to a thrilling conclusion on April 9 with Utah’s Scott Goodale capturing the title in the big air finale, ending the second edition of the competition.

“It’s a great event,” local snowboarder Spencer Tamblyn said.



Tamblyn competed in and won the halfpipe event on April 8. He has now won the event twice in two years.

“Last year I won it, but I was not happy with the way I rode,” Tamblyn said. “This year, I was happy with my showing — I threw down the tricks I wanted to.”



This year’s boarderfest opened on April 8 with a halfpipe event held in the Bashor Bowl.

Tamblyn was the top rider in the pro division. He was followed by another local rider, Erik Teramoto, and Mount Snow’s Devin Plenderleith.

Other top local riders included Keenan Rice in sixth, Grant Glenn in seventh, Jamie Curcio in eighth and Ryan VanLanen in ninth.

Joe Eddy of Steamboat won the men’s junior event with a score of 26.5. He was followed by fellow locals Ian Snook in second and Lex Carrigan-Koski in third. Ryan Loughridge came in fourth.

Tye Howard won the men’s amateur class with a score of 17.5. Jon Casson was second and Ted Leonhardt was third.

“It was a good showing by all the local riders,” Tamblyn said.

The women’s pro division was won by Rhonda Doyle. Marni Yamada was second and Steamboat’s Judy Haselton was third. Jessica Garan won the women’s amateur division.

On April 9, the boarders moved to the prime-time spot on Headwall for the boarder-cross event.

Crested Butte’s Cliff Dimon topped the men’s pro division by clipping Josh Niemberg at the finish line. Steamboat’s Curcio was third.

In the men’s amateur division it was Steamboat’s Paul Brewer leading the pack. Steamboat’s Ian Campbell and Greg Homann took second and third, respectively.

In the 15-and-under division, Robbie Dapper took top honors. Mike Antalek was second and Snook came in third.

In the women’s pro division, it was Marni Yamada of Mount Baker leading the pack. Carolyn Kunkel of Vail was second and the top Steamboat finisher was Judy Haselton in third.

The women’s amateur class was won by Steamboat’s Kristin Kirk. Amy Schram and Ashley Berger, both of Steamboat, finished second and third.

Steamboat’s David Lamb raced to first place in the men’s skier-cross and Wendy Scipione topped the women’s division.

Tamblyn, who doesn’t compete much anymore, said he will be back next year to defend his title. These days, Tamblyn spends most of his time coaching the local snowboard team. But he is planning on returning next year for a shot at his third boarderfest title.

“Oh, I have to come back,’ Tamblyn said. “You can’t win two and then just quit.”

–To reach John F. Russell call 871-4209 or e-mail jrussell@amigo.net


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