EVENT: Ståle Sandbech Takes Second and Darcy Sharpe Places Third in Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle
With a fresh blanket of snow on
the slopes of the Dew Tour Slopestyle course in Breckenridge, Monster Energy
team riders Sandbech and Darcy Sharpe earn
spots on the podium.
If there ever was a perfect day for a slopestyle competition is was today as a fast moving winter storm dropped six inches of snow presenting riders with a packed powder course prime for the picking. Ahead of an international field of riders the Monster team teed off in typical fashion.
Firing into the upper rail
section Sandbech opted for a giant gap to a frontside hard way to fakie before
ripping into one of his super stylish switch backside 1080’s followed by a
massive cab 1260 off the subsequent jumps. But the show wasn’t over there as he
saved the best for last stomping a backside triple cork 1440 on the final
“I was able to finish my runs and
scare myself a bit by doing some tricks I don't normally do,” he continued.
“I’m stoked on second. It’s a good way to start the season.”
Following Sandbech was young
Canadian shredder Darcy Sharpe, winner of Friday’s Snowboard Streestyle in
downtown Breck, showing that he not only rules the streets, but can also podium
on a slopestyle course against the best snowboarders in the world.
With his technical skills in full
force Sharpe ruled the rails with tricks like a 270 lip slide to 270 out and a
Nollie backside tail slide before stepping to the jumps with a clean switch
backside 1260 and a seldom seen frontside 1080 off his toes.
Placing third, Sharpe said, “It
feels amazing, I couldn’t be happier. It’s my first big podium in the United
The event may have signaled the
end of Dew Tour Breckenridge, but this is just the beginning of competition
season for the Monster Energy athletes.