Riders from Canada and the US dominate Fenway big air
Riders from Canada and the US have left their stamp on the 2015-16 season's first big air World Cup event which took place at Boston in a groundbreaking event for both, the U.S. Grand Prix and the FIS Snowboard World Cup tour.
A 140-foot-tall scaffolding ramp had been situated in the centre of Boston’s Fenway Park for the third ever big air World Cup on US soil.
Never before has the U.S. Grand Prix featured a big air-only event, and never before has snowboarding been presented in such an historic American venue, a venue which pushed riders to deliver a stunning show in front of a stellar Boston crowd of 12,000 spectators.
Julia Marino (USA) and Max Parrot (USA) topped the respective women's and men's competition held in the iconic home of the Boston Red Sox baseball team which was constructed back in 1912.
Parrot kills it with triple
Parrot, the only one to throw down a triple cork in the finals of the top-10 men, met the expectations of being a major podium threat bringing home his career's second win with 183.50 ahead of teammate Michael Ciccarelli (CAN, 174.00) and Charles Guldemond (USA, 170.0).
After also stomping a cab double 1260 indy, the 21-year-old said: “I planned to do a triple before the competition started, but I couldn’t land it in the practice.
But then, when I saw Mike [Ciccarelli] was sitting in the first place, I knew I had to do it if I wanted to win. So I told myself, now it’s time to land it, and at the end it worked out pretty well.”
Runner-up Ciccarelli didn't have any problems with being edged off the top spot as he lauded his fellow countryman: “I’m super stoked on the result. Max killed it, everyone killed it in the finals. It was super fun.”
Marino from zero to hero
In the women's event, Julia Marino knocked it out of the park. The U.S. Snowboarding rookie topped the women’s field although the New England native wasn’t originally even scheduled to compete.
The 18-year-old snuck in off the alternate list when her teammate Ty Walker was forced to drop after being injured in practice.
“It’s hard to find the words to describe how I feel right now, because I’m just so happy. I wasn’t even in the contest until yesterday night. I was a forerunner, and now I was able to get in and put down my runs. I’m so stoked,” she said.
Marino, who hadn’t competed on a scaffolding jump or in front of such an enormous crowd before, handled the pressure best and impressed the judges in the night finals with a cab underflip 540 and a backflip indy earning the night's highest score of 169.25.
“I’ve never snowboarded at a contest with a crowd this big. It’s amazing!
I thought it would make me more nervous but it actually made it way more fun. Every time I landed a trick it was so cool to hear the whole crowd going wild.
There were so many people here. I didn’t think that this many people would show up for a snowboarding event; it’s amazing to see all these awesome fans out here supporting what we do.”
Canada Snowboard's very own Jenna Blasman (152.25) and Brooke Voigt (117.75) finished in a respective second and third rank of the top-6 women's final which was held in a three run format with the best two different tricks counting for the final score.
The freestyle World Cup circuit will be heading to Quebec City, Canada now where this season's second and last big air event will take place at Îlot Fleurie on Saturday, February 13th, 2016.
In addition, this season's final halfpipe World Cup is currently underway in Sapporo, Japan.