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Banked Slalom comes to East Coast: Ross Powers Wins it at Sugarloaf Banked Slalom comes to East Coast: Ross Powers Wins it at Sugarloaf

Seth Wescott finishes third in inaugural event and Olympic Gold Medalist Ross Powers wins first ever Sugarloaf Banked Slalom

Olympic Gold Medalist Ross Powers charged to victory in the first ever Sugarloaf Banked Slalom on March 19, 2011 in Carrabasset Valley, Maine, topping a field of 141 riders, including two-time Olympic champion Seth Wescott. Powers, a 2002 Olympic gold medal winner from Okemo, VT, finished the race in 1 minute, 18.36 second, just under five seconds ahead of the second-place finisher, 36 year-old Kevin McMahon of Stratton, VT, who posted a time of 1.23.32. Wescott, who lives at Sugarloaf and helped to organize the event and build the course, finished the race in third place with a time of 1.24.02.

The Sugarloaf Banked Slalom is based on the model of the Mt. Baker Legendary Banked Slalom, and is a snowboard-only, open registration event, which allows snowboarders young and old to compete against snowboarding legends on a winding course of banked turns down Sugarloaf’s storied terrain. “The banked slalom is something that we’ve thought would be a great fit for Sugarloaf for a long time,” Wescott said. “The Mt Baker Legendary Banked Slalom is a truly unique event, and brings snowboarding back to its roots. The race is a perfect fit for Sugarloaf, and it was an incredible experience to be able to race in a banked slalom here at my home mountain.”

The race features five different age categories for both men and women, with prizes will be awarded to the top three finishers in each category. The age categories are 14-and-under, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, and 40 plus. Registration will be capped at 100 riders. The Mt. Baker Legendary Banked Slalom is widely considered to be the first organized snowboard competition, and it eventually gave birth to the sport of snowboardcross. Wescott has won the only two Olympic gold medals ever awarded in snowboardcross.

The event was sponsored by K2 Snowboards, Bern Helmets, Bolle, and Team Eight Snowboards.

Mark McMorris lands first backside triple cork 1440Mark McMorris lands first backside triple cork 1440
Snowboarder Mark McMorris, from Regina, Canada and who learned the ropes riding for Max Henault's O'Neill Snowboard Team and now riding for Burton, has landed the first-ever backside triple cork 1440 at a TransWorld Snowboarding shoot, called "The Park Session," at Snowmass, Colo., on March 2, according to
See the Mark McMorris interview at the US Open 2011 where he came in 2nd in Slopestyle.

Leading the progession in spins besides McMorris is Sebastien Toutant, riding for O'Neill. Torstein Horgmo, and Sage Kotsenberg are pushing spin progression bigtime as well as Kevin Jones, laying it down in the backcountry. Click these links to see interviews.

Shaun White Drops OUT of U.S. Open 2011Shaun White Drops OUT of U.S. Open 2011

ESPN March 7, 2011 Two-time Olympic gold medal winner Shaun White will not compete at the U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships in Stratton, VT., this week, because he requires foot surgery.

The timing for the announcement is "unusual" says snowboard journalist and internet entrepreneur Lauren Traub Teton of SnowboardSecrets.TV and other sites. "Shaun is a hero of progression and the halfpipe, the idol who has brought snowboarding to the mainstream population. He has more to lose than gain competing in the Open, after winning it 3 times already and owning two Olympic Golds. We know that Shaun is out to win and if he can't be sure of a win, he would rather not play. We wish him successful recovery and look forward to seeing him fly high again on the boards soon! He is one of the most exciting snowboarders to watch ever" says Ms.Teton.

Shaun White videos here on SnowboardSecrets.TV.

US Open of Snowboarding 2011 Schedule & 2010 Interviews, Scotty Lago, Peetu Piiroinen, Kazu, and more.US Open of Snowboarding 2011 Schedule & 2010 Interviews, Scotty Lago, Peetu Piiroinen, Kazu, and more.
The Burton US Open 2011 of snowboarding goes down starting Monday March 6 and culminates on Friday March 11 with the Slopestyle Competition and Saturday for the Halfpipe Comp. Friday night at 6 the Rail Jam practice starts AT THE MAIN STRATTON BASE NOT THE SUNBOWL with the main event from 7:15- 8:45. 9 to 10 after awards there will be an outdoor show at the Main base. The last time we partied at the main base at the Open it was for the Big Air Competitions like in 2007. See what fun we had at the 2007 US Open. I believe that was the first one Shaun White won and there was a super party that night that you'll see here.

Details on the 2011 US Open here .

Under Armour 3rd Rail Jam Short Reel, Mountain Creek, 1/8/.2011 Under Armour 3rd Rail Jam Short Reel, Mountain Creek, 1/8/.2011
3rd Rail Jam by Under Armour made its 2nd stop of the 8 stop 2011 tour at Mountain Creek, Vernon, NJ on January 8 2011. 150 snowboarders and skiers entered this event which lasted for an unprecedented 4 hours of action and fun on the urban style rail setup created after intense hours of work by Jiblab and the Mountain Creek Park Crew. Sketchy D makes a cameo appearance on his home turf as a judge of the competition. This video is the short reel, see the longer versions for the full interviews with Top DJ Image of the Bum Squad. Also in the longer version Kevin Whitehead of Outkast Sports in Vernon tells us why the kids flock to this rail jam. Jesse, Chet from the Park Crew, and John Hansen from Jiblab tell us about the rail setup.

Meet Danno and his hat hustle along with happy customers of Ugly Hat. Meet: last year's winner and a local favorite Timmy Kempson and his Dad Grover Tim. Tom Weiss gives us a shout out and a big smile.

Meet the Hip Hop artist who has UFO as his a.k.a. and Split Personality, Rail warriors Cam Terrafranca, Chris and Chris all a little worse for wear and banged up from today's action and accidents. Thank goodness Chris Solimini was up and walking after his spectacular crash on the bus shelter that stopped the rail jam and had everyone praying for him and sending good energy.

In the longer video he tells us why he thinks the accident happened and how it could have been avoided. Raekwon performs as well as DJ Image, And NYCE and Reckless wrap up the late show. See the Killington stop of the Under Armour 3rd Rail Jam from January 1, 2011 here and on SnowboardSecrets.TV. See the longer reels of Under Armour 3rd Rail Jam at Video by Lauren Traub Teton, exclusive for SnowboardSecrets.TV.