Mark McMorris really only needed one run at the Burton US Open in Vail, Colorado, to lock in yet another slopestyle victory. The 19-year-old Canadian netted an 83.05, edging out his good friend and ShredBots partner Torstein Horgmo.
"He's always keeping me on my toes. He did a triple just to scare me, I think," McMorris told ESPN, referring to Horgmo. "He's insane. I'm excited to be pushing the level of snowboarding together with him."
The two finished first and second. Chas Guldemond was third in difficult conditions. McMorris, the 2013 World Snowboard Tour champion, said he stayed low to the ground, though that didn't stop him throwing down a gap to backside lipslide and three clean airs (double backflip indy grab, frontside 1080 mute grab and backside 1080 mute). Watch the entire run below.
In the men's halfpipe, Shaun White took top honors with a dominating performance, followed by 14-year-old Ayumu Hirano, who took the men's World Snowboard Tour pipe title, and Louie Vito in third. On the women's side, Kelly Clark took the pipe, en route to winning the World Snowboard Tour title, with 16-year-old Arielle Gold making a declaration that she's likely to be a force in the very near future. Gold scored third in the pipe, behind Hannah Teter, and was in second place in slopestyle when the finals were canceled due to the snow conditions.
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