Kelly Clark soars to first in her fist halfpipe competition of the season. (Carin Yates/USSA)
WANAKA, New Zealand (Aug. 18) – Kelly Clark (West Dover, VT) started her season off on top of the podium at the Burton High Fives, the first halfpipe competition of the season. Kaitlyn Farrington (Bellevue, WA) rode strong and took third. The contest was set up in a jam style format with a one-hour window for riders to get their best run scored. U.S. Snowboarding teammate Greg Bretz (Mammoth Lakes, CA) bounced back from a 2012 season riddled with injuries to land third in a tough field of men.
HIGHLIGHTS • Kelly Clark took first at the invitational Burton High Fives halfpipe event at Snow Park, New Zealand. • Clark’s scorching second run of a 94.60 gave her the win with a frontside 900, backside 540, front 700, cab 700 to a stalefish. • It was a unique competition set up in a jam format that allowed for a one-hour time frame for riders to get their best runs in. • Greg Bretz came in third with a solid run of a frontside 1080 tail, cab 1080 nose, front 900 lein, back 900 tail to a frontside 1080 double cork. He scored an 88.60. • For the women, Spain’s Queralt Castellet took second and Kaitlyn Farrignton was in third. For the men Japan’s Ayumu Hirano took first and fellow countryman Ryo Aono came in second. • Next up is the FIS World Cup Aug. 25-26 at nearby Cardrona. It will be the first competition of the 2014 Olympic qualifying period.
QUOTES Kelly Clark The girls rode really great today and Queralt [Castellet] and I were run for run throughout. But in the end I was really happy about my riding and it was so much fun to be putting down 9’s and 10’s in the summertime.