Billabong Flaunt It’s All Girls Slopestyle and Rail Jam kicked off the first stop of the series 7th season at Blue Mountain, ON this past weekend. With registration full to capacity, it was Samm Denena who successfully defended her title as Slopestyle champ in the World Snowboarding Tour 3Star event. Denena dominated the contest all day, winning the first place $700 cheque and a trip to the series Finals in Tahoe. Additionally she took home $250 for first place in the rail jam, and $100 for the Dakine Best Trick by executing a perfect backside rodeo.
In honour of Flaunt It’s 7th year Billabong is giving away $700 to the first competitor to land a clean 720 during the Slopestyle competition. Three competitors: Samm Denena, Audrey Mcmaniman and Victoria Marshall were pushing the bar in female snowboarding each attempting their very first 720’s. No one managed to land the perfect 720 although a few attempts came very close.
Denena’s winning Slopestyle run consisted of a frontside 180 on-backside 180 off the box into a backside 360 mute on the first jump, then stomping a backside rodeo on the second jump, and finishing off with a nosepress all the way through the down-flat-down rail. Mcmaniman, from Quebec City came in second, rounding out the podium was Molly Milligan, who trekked all the way from the west coast for Flaunt It.
In the afternoon Rail Jam, the ladies sessionned a course set up that included a street style down bar, flat rail, and a down box. Denena took home first with a stylish frontside 180 on back 360 off the flat bar. Milligan came in second with a 270 front board to fakie on the down bar, and Jennifer Cusick from the USA landed in third place with a front board 270 out.
The Nixon Style Award went to Tamara Truchon, taking home the Nixon TPS Speakers and RPM Headphones. Erica Page from the USA went home with the VonZipper Ragdoll Award, a new pair of goggles and a couple of bruises.
Billabong Flaunt It is proudly supported by VonZipper, Dakine, Nixon, Snowboard Canada Women’s Annual, and Snowboarder Magazine.
1st: Samm Denena $700 + Flight and Accommodation to Finals in Tahoe (Roxy, Detour, Nibz, Kahuna)
2nd: Audrey Mcmaniman $500 (Burton, Anon, Universe Boardshop)
3rd: Molly Milligan $300 (PowderRoom)
4th: Victoria Marshall (Billabong, VonZipper, Rome)
5th: Gillian Andrewshenko (Endeavor, PowderRoom, Vans, Arnette, Flux, Empire, Dakine, Skull Candy)
1st: Samm Denena $250 (Roxy, Detour, Nibz, Kahuna)
2nd: Molly Milligan $100 (PowderRoom)
3rd: Jennifer Cusick $50 (Flow, Spy, Team 43, Adams Ski & Board, Capital Park)
Dakine Best Trick: Samm Denena $100 (Roxy, Detour, Nibz, Kahuna)
Nixon Style Award: Tamara Truchon (Burton)
VZ Rag Doll Award: Erica Page (Phatman Boardshop)
January 26th: Blue Mountain, ON
February 9th: Lake Louise, AB
February 16th: Big White, BC
March 10th (Sunday): Mont Saint-Sauveur, QC
March 23rd: Loon Mountain, NH
April 6th: Finals with Jamie Anderson: Sierra-at-Tahoe, CA
For all tour information, including registration, visit www.billabongflauntit.com
photos Janos Schmidt
photos Janos Schmidt