Saturday turned out to be the opposite of Friday. A near perfect bluebird spring day with temps in the mid-30s by lunchtime made for pristine conditions for the Men’s and Women’s halfpipe finals.
I caught up with Brooke from YoBeat.com first thing in the morning and we caught a few early laps before heading over to watch the men compete at 1030. Blue skies, soft, fresh snow leftover from the previous day’s snowfall — even if it was a little tracked in places — made for some great turns. Against her advice (“Never follow a Geery”), we slashed sloppy seconds sidepow, took a few rock drops in the “EXTREME” terrain, made a few more tree lines, sprayed groomers and generally just snowboarded like you’re supposed to snowboard.
At 1015 we headed over to the pristine-looking halfpipe and positioned ourselves on the deck to watch the finals. It was my first time being so close to a pipe that big, being ridden by so many big names.
And for that, it was pretty rad. Television does a great job showcasing the riders, but can’t really capture the moment, up-close and personal.
It was awesome to be that close to the action and to see it all go down, live. In the end, Shaun White prevailed, followed by Hirano and Vito. On the Women’s side of things the podium was Clark, Teter and Gold. Here are a few video clips shot from the Nokia Lumia 820, deckside during the Men’s finals:
Shaun White at the 2013 Burton US Open
Louie Vito at the 2013 Burton US Open
Ayumi Hirano at the 2013 Burton US Open
Thanks to Nokia for sending me to cover the Open this year, it was an absolute blast after the little snafu on Day 1 (no harm, no foul), I got to experience the US Open up close & personal and mixed in some great snowboarding, too!