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's Fenway Park, the iconic home of the Boston Red Sox baseball team which was constructed back in 1912, with Julia Marino (USA) and Max Parrot (USA) topping the respective women's and men's field.
While 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), Julia Marino knocked it out of the park in the women's event of the third ever big air World Cup on US soil.
The U.S. Snowboarding rookie topped the women’s field in front of a stellar Boston crowd of 12,000 spectators 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.
But 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 to earn the night's highest score of 169.25.
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.
- Riders from Canada and the US dominate big air World Cup at Boston's Fenway Park
- Marino comes straight from the alternate list to earn career's first, Parrot takes home career's second
- 12,000 spectators watch the big air show in the iconic Boston Fenway Park, the home of the Boston Red Sox baseball team which was built back in 1912
- It's been the third time ever that a big air World Cup took place on US soil
- Marino's tricks: cab underflip 540 backside grab, backflip indy
- Blasman's tricks: backside 720 backside grab, frontside 360 indy
- Parrot's tricks: cab double 1260 indy, backside triple cork mute
- Ciccarelli's tricks: cab double 1260 melon, backside 1080 indy
Julia Marino (USA, winner): “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.
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.”
Jenna Blasman (CAN, runner-up): “I’m very happy even though I’m extremely sore, but I’m really excited about that. I needed that, and I wanted that so I can’t be any happier.”
Max Parrot (CAN, winner): “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 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.”
Michael Ciccarelli (CAN, runner-up): “I’m super stoked on the result. Max killed it, everyone killed it in the finals. It was super fun.”
Full results can be viewed online:
Full results ladies
Full results men
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