1999 US Snowboarding Grand Prix
It wasn't all bro downs and pow for me. I froze frequently and drank heavily to bring you the best freewheelin photos, audio and tall tales I could code in a day. Surf on through for yourself and find out how your favorite rider did on the big American boarding and break dancing tour, this the final winter of the century.
Then There Was the Super Prix
Shannon Dunn and Mike Michalchuk took to the Boardercross March 28 for a final attempt at a big tough Chevy truck. These kids don't do boardercross so it was quite an event to see them line up against a bunch of speed freaks in the gate when their regimes have always included a strict halfpipe diet. In the end they both kept close enough to maintain their ruling titles and big-ass trucks.
The Super Prix was the crescendo of this season's Grand Prix Trilogy and US Nationals held the last weekend in March at Okemo. A rider's three best results in the combined contests won the truck. Easy, right? Well, Shannon Dunn, who pulled 1st places in both Bachelor and Copper, had to hit the boardercross to battle compatriot Sondra Van Ert, 1st in Sunday River (and this weekend in Okemo). The problem was that Shannon's a pipe innovating aerialist and Sondra a skin suited speed queen.
The men were similarly in a menageóis tie for the truck. Mr. Michalchuk was in control with a win in Copper and three 2nd place finishes. Ross Powers took the other two and a third here in O-ke-mo. Then there's kick-ass Canadians, Jasey Jay Anderson (1st in Maine) and Mark Fawcett (1st in Bachelor). The ties had to battle it out in the boardercross to take home the Chevy truck.
The drama kept it all exciting to the end and forced all into the unquestionably closest thing to freeriding competition has found.
Ryan Neptune and Amy Johnson took the first boardercross National's title and the $1,700 apiece which is cool for them. Neptune blasted past Seth Wescott, Jeff Greenwood and Canadian hardboot cross dresser Jasey Jay. Amy Johnson attacked past Shannon Dunn and Kelly Clark when they started bumping butts for the final lead. Shannon recovered fast but the course ended before she could catch her. No matter, Sondra Van Ert had failed to qualify for the finals and Shannon took the truck anyway.
Other weekend notables were Karla Gembarowski's McTwist to cripplers that earned her only fifth. Danny Kass showed his 16-year-old back-to-back Maoist McTwists to take second only to be shoved out by Michalchuk's double back at the bottom. Like Shannon, everyone was still behind Ross in the end and neither Ross nor Shannon had to do anything for their last run to win it. Ross didn't do as well in the Boardercross so he ripped a rodeo and a spin through the finish for the consolation round.
USSA National Championship Halfpipe Results
1. POWERS ROSS 2. MICHALCHUK MIKE 3. KASS DANIEL 4. PETRASKA ADAM 5. TUCKER JERRY 6. TETER ABRAM 7. DUNNETT TREVOR 8. NELSON CHRISTOPHER 9. CZECHIN TOMMY 10. OMOND LUKE 11. DUMONT SYLVAIN 12. WILSON GREG 13. WESCOTT SETH 14. HAHN TED 15. CLANCY KYLE 16. WYNEN LUKE 17. RICE TRAVIS 18. BOWER RICKY 19. HORWITZ ZACH 20. CALDWELL WYATT 21. DEUPREE COLLAR 22. LAW MITCHELL 23. EHRNST ANDY 24. ADAM JEREMY 25. LINDERBAUM SCOTT 26. WATSON LATIMER 27. BROWN TREVOR 28. CAVANAUGH CHARLIE 29. NELSON KIM 30. HALL COPPER 31. CLARKE ANDREW 32. BROSCHOFSKY RUDI 33. GEMBAROWSKI TREV. 34. SIEBERT ZACH 35. COX BRANDON 36. MCLAIN TRAVIS 37. OCONNOR MATTHEW 38. NELSON CASEY 39. BAINTON JOHN 40. PUTALIK KEVIN 41. YLIANTTILA TOMMI 42. THOMPSON JESSE 43. MAROUCA TOMIN 44. TURQUIE CHARLESWomen's
1. DUNN SHANNON 2. BYRNES TRICIA 3. THOMPSON SARAH 4. CLARK KELLY 5. GEMBAROWSKI KARLA 6. JOHNSON AMY 7. BLEILER GRETCHEN 8. TAGGART MICHELLE 9. BERGER BIANCA 10. KLAMMER MEGAN 11. WOLFGANG SARAH 12. MARSHALL TIFFANY 13. MANFRIEDI JANA 14. MOURANT AMANDA 15. GEMBAROWSKI JOLENE 16. JACKSON NICOLE 17. DUTTON CHARLOTTE 18. MARCUS LUCY 19. SHADROVAN ROESHA 20. WEATHERS BLAIR 21. CHRISTENSEN BREE. 22. SCWARTZ NEVIN 23. ROSENLOF KRITINA 24. MCNEIL EVE 25. MOURANT NICOLE 26. SAARI JAYME 27. OMALLEY ERIN