As California has been getting an amazing winter with tons of snowfall in the Sierras, the FIS heads over to Mammoth Mountain Resort for a major Men’s Slopestyle competition! Click here today to get the final results and details from this professional snowboarding competition!
So far, the 2016-2017 winter season has been absolutely spectacular in the state of California. After a 7+ year drought in California, we are now seeing an opening of the flood gates so to speak, and precipitation records are being broken all over the state in 2017. With this being said, Mammoth Mountain Resort in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California was a perfect location for another professional men’s slopestyle snowboarding competition in the 2017 FIS Snowboard World Cup contest series.
This was a major competition for the United States snowboarders, as the podium was completely stacked with U.S. snowboarding athletes. In fact, American snowboarder Redmond Gerard had one of his best performances of the entire season so far at this Mammoth Mountain men’s slopestyle competition. Redmond was able to defeat the second place runner-up competitor by an astonishing ten point scoring margin. The weather and conditions at the 2017 FIS Snowboard World Cup Men’s Slopestyle competition at Mammoth Mountain Resort were close to perfect, with bluebird skies and great snow conditions for the snowboarders to work with.
Mammoth Mountain is a major favorite of west coast snowboarders, and it was clear watching the event that this was an especially fun event for a lot of the professionals competing at this contest. With six out of the top ten finishers at this competition being United States native snowboarders, this turned out to be one of the best contest finishes for U.S. snowboarders out of the entire season so far. Competing on one’s home turf generally creates an advantage, which seems to be the case here at the 2017 FIS Snowboard World Cup Men’s Slopestyle contest at Mammoth Mountain Resort.
Another advantage of Mammoth Mountain is that in addition to having some of the best back country riding on the west coast, they also have world class terrain and park features and that is a primary reason that Mammoth was chosen for this major FIS Snowboard World Cup contest. For the purpose of benefitting snowboarding fans all over the world and the United States as well, the final results and an overall breakdown of this event will be shared here below.
1st Place – Redmond Gerard – United States:
Securing the first place finish at the 2017 FIS Snowboard World Cup Men’s Slopestyle competition at Mammoth Mountain Resort in California, U.S. native snowboarder Redmond Gerard had one of his best performances of the whole season. Redmond simply destroyed the rest of the competition at this event, given that his scoring margin over the second place runner-up finisher was over ten entire points! Redmond’s slopestyle and technical snowboard chops are really second to none, and he is probably one of the best American professional snowboarders in the world.
Among all of Redmond’s highlights at this competition, his ability to perform grab and aerial combinations after nailing jibs and grinds on various pipes, boxes, and round rails is an ability that helped him score so many points on each of his runs. Redmond’s ability to pack incredible trick density into one single line is a primary factor in his meteoric performance at this February 2017 men’s slopestyle event at Mammoth Mountain Resort.
Even though many of Redmond’s competitors at this contest are riding at a comparable skill level as he is, they simply were unable to match his trick and combination density within each slopestyle run he executed. Competing with a bib number of three at this professional slopestyle contest, Redmond Gerard is clearly on a major come-up right now in the FIS Snowboard World Cup. Although Redmond has already secured two podium finishes out of his nine FIS World Cup contest starts to date, the 2017 FIS Snowboard World Cup Men’s Slopestyle competition at Mammoth Mountain marks his initial first place victory in this league.
Finishing out this competition in first place with a final scoring total of 87.95 points overall, Redmond also earned a very large World Cup points award as well. Gerard’s FIS World Cup points allocation as a result of taking first place rolled out at a staggering 1000.00 points in total, offering him a massive enhancement to his rankings.
2nd Place – Kyle Mack – United States:
Securing for himself the second place runner-up podium finish at the 2017 FIS Snowboard World Cup Men’s Slopestyle competition at Mammoth Mountain Resort, Kyle Mack was able to handily defeat the third place finisher and closest challenger to his lead. Kyle Mack is another American professional snowboarder, and clearly judging by his amazing performance at Mammoth, the home turf advantage must have played some role in his outstanding success.
Kyle Mack is the kind of slopestyle athlete who seems to thrive a lot more on the air and jump sections of the courses, more than he does on the rail and box technical sections. That claim is backed up by the fact that most of Kyle Mack’s contests and successes in the FIS Snowboard World Cup have been Big Air competitions, reflecting the notion that Mack’s specialty really does revolve around his prowess on the launch ramps, gaps, and kickers built into varying slopestyle courses like the one at Mammoth for this event.
This second place finish is a huge milestone in the growing career of this not-even-twenty years old, considering that out of twelve FIS World Cup contest starts, this is Kyle’s first podium finish while competing in this league. With that in mind, this second place result is going to be a massive booster to Kyle Mack’s career in the FIS, and is likely to propel him into some additional strong contest finishes before the 2017 season is concluded.
Kyle Mack finished out the 2017 FIS Snowboard World Cup Men’s Slopestyle competition at Mammoth Mountain Resort with a final scoring total of 77.05 points all around, giving him a comfortable margin of just over three points compared to his closest challenger, Dylan Thomas. Competing at the Mammoth event with a bib number of eleven, Kyle Mack was able to earn himself a very sizable FIS World Cup points award. Serving as a major boost for Kyle’s blossoming career in the FIS, Mack received a total of 800.00 World Cup points as a result of taking second place at Mammoth Mountain Resort.
3rd Place – Dylan Thomas – United States:
Acting as the third consecutive American FIS professional snowboarder to take a podium spot at the 2017 FIS Snowboard World Cup Men’s Slopestyle competition at Mammoth Mountain Resort, Dylan Thomas definitely had a solid run at this contest. Dylan’s career in the FIS is really just getting started right now, and this podium finish has served as one of the first major successes he has experienced so far as a professional.
Out of only four FIS World Cup event starts, Dylan Thomas already has a podium finish at a major event, making him one of the most successful rookies in the FIS Snowboard World Cup at the moment. Similar to Kyle Mack’s style of being more focused and skilled in the big air type of snowboarding involving jumps, grabs, and aerial rotation combos, Dylan Thomas has mostly been competing in Big Air competitions since joining on with the FIS.
Dylan definitely brought his aerial snowboarding chops to this Mammoth Mountain slopestyle competition, and also had his strongest moments and highlights on the ramp and jump section of the slopestyle track. Dylan Thomas was able to finish out this slopestyle competition with a final scoring total of 73.95 points overall, giving him a solid margin of victory totaling about four points over his closest challenger who ended up in fourth place.
Competing with the bib number of twenty-two at the 2017 FIS Snowboard World Cup Men’s Slopestyle contest at Mammoth Mountain Resort, Dylan also earned a significant FIS World Cup points award for taking third place and making the podium. All in all, Dylan was awarded a total of 600.00 World Cup points after taking third place at this men’s slopestyle event. That amount of WC points is a major rankings boost no matter how large an athlete’s ranking and points profile already is, and for a rookie like Dylan Thomas it is a huge advantage for his growing professional career in the FIS Snowboard World Cup.
4th Place – Judd Henkes – United States:
As the fourth American professional snowboarder in a row in the final rankings at the 2017 FIS Snowboard World Cup Men’s Slopestyle competition at Mammoth Mountain Resort in California, Judd Henkes really put on quite a performance at this event. In keeping with the trend of rookies on the podium at this competition, Judd Henkes is a true rookie in the FIS Snowboard World Cup, and therefore this fourth place finish marks a big turning point in the development of his professional career.
Judd hasn’t competed in enough contests yet to really determine where his biggest strengths and talents are, but clearly he is another athlete who is quite comfortable with halfpipe and big air competition. Along with the trend of rookies doing well at this men’s slopestyle competition at Mammoth Mountain, another trend appears to be that the top spots went to snowboarders who like to specialize in big air, halfpipe, and aerial snowboarding technique.
In this way, the Mammoth Mountain men’s slopestyle event did not see a lot of rail and box centered highlights, although obviously anyone competing in slopestyle is going to have a solid proficiency in technical jib-style rail and box oriented snowboarding. Judd Henke finished out this competition in fourth place with a final scoring total of 70.05 points, giving him a tiny margin of victory over the fifth place challenger.
Judd beat the fifth place finisher by only 0.10 points, making this a very close call for him in terms of boosting his event ranking as much as possible. Judd was competing with a bib number of forty-four at this Mammoth slopestyle event, and not only did he improve his record by taking fourth place, but he also received a substantial FIS World Cup points package for taking fourth. Judd’s World Cup points award for taking fourth place rounded out to 500.00 WC points, pushing his league standing up quite a bit.
5th Place – Rene Rinnekangas – Finland:
In keeping with the trend of rookie FIS professionals succeeding at the 2017 FIS Snowboard World Cup Men’s Slopestyle competition at Mammoth Mountain Resort, the fifth place finisher was another rookie challenger named Rene Rinnekangas. Rene is from Finland, and he represented his Scandinavian homeland quite effectively at this men’s slopestyle event.
To back up the claim that Rene is still a rookie professional in the FIS Snowboard World Cup, one only needs to observe his stats record, which reveals that he has only competed in three FIS World Cup competitions to date. Although he didn’t quite make the podium at this contest, he did come very close to doing so at this men’s slopestyle event at Mammoth Mountain Resort in California.
Rene showed his strong snowboarding skillset at this competition, and it is becoming clear that he is something of an all-around rider who is very capable across jump and air sections, as well as technical rail and box sections. Finishing in fifth place at Mammoth, Rene earned a scoring total of 69.95 points overall, defeating his sixth place challenger by a small scoring margin of 0.15 points.
Competing with a bib number of twenty at this competition, Rene also earned a much needed FIS World Cup points award bonus that totaled 450.00 WC points overall. If Rene’s success at this men’s slopestyle competition is any indicator of his performances to come, we should count on seeing him in the top echelon of many more contests in the future.