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2011 Subaru Freeskiing World Championships Day 1

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With the smell of coconut sunscreen wafting through the air The Subaru Freeskiing World Championships got underway at Snowbird, Utah. After two intense days of qualifiers where over 100 men and 22 women charged West Baldy in the hopes of making it into Day 1 the powers that be selected the top 30 men and 8 women to join the ranks of prequalified athletes to compete on Silverfox. With nearly 500” of cumulative snowfall at The Bird this season Silverfox skied a little smaller than usual which meant athletes could charge it harder than ever. Event director Brian Barlow said he’s “never seen so many good back to back runs,” and that he didn’t envy the judges as athletes “ripped the shit out of Silverfox.”

The women started it off with an impressive show. Angel Collinson took the lead with a burley double. Ashley Maxfield skied a strong fluid line landing her in second place while Crystal Wright flashed her line with multiple airs rounding out the top 3. The women shined today and it was amazing to watch the girls hold their own against the men.

For the men it was one amazing run followed by the next. Top honors went to Drew Tabke who sent Frenchie Air without hesitation followed by a massive natural gap send and finished with a big ‘ol 360 off the money booter. Chopo Diaz shredded a strong, fluid line with plenty of airtime into second and the man with legs of steel, Kevin O’Meara, rounded out the top 3. Highlights included watching Sage Cattabriga-Alosa 360 every feature on the venue, Dillon Crossman showed the crowd how to flash a line, Cliff Bennett made it look like he was having the time of his life (as always, and he probably was), and Silas Chickering-Ayers held it down for the Vermont crew – no doubt skiing for Flyin’ Ryan.

Scores were high and tight and the cuts severe. The best of the best will ski North Baldy tomorrow for finals followed by superfinals. Get ready for a super sender Saturday!!

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