Broby Leeds wins North Face virtual competition
ALAMEDA, California — A seasoned panel of judges and athletes came together Feb. 29 to judge The North Face Park and Pipe Open Series Virtual Competition halfpipe video submission discipline. After careful review and much debate, Vail local Broby Leeds landed the top spot in the men’s open category, winning $1,500 cash and 10 boxes of Clif Bars.
Halfpipe was the first of three disciplines included in the 2016 Park and Pipe Open Series Virtual Competition in addition to big air and slopestyle. There is still time for athletes to get involved with the competition by voting for their favorite videos on thenorthfaceppos.com or entering a slopestyle run by today at midnight.
The judges gathered in Salt Lake City to carefully analyze each of the finalist videos and assign an overall impression score and ranking. Jason Arens is currently serving as the 2016 Park and Pipe Open Series Head Judge. Arens is an AFP Platinum Level and FIS Level A Judge as well as the director of marketing for Windell’s Camp and Academy. A number of notable names joined Arens on the halfpipe panel including Aspen Open and USSA Judge Jon Susman, 2010 Freestyle Olympian Dylan Ferguson, Professional Halfpipe Skier Kimmy Sharpe and The North Face Team Athlete Chris Laker.
“The technical qualities of Leeds’ run were really outstanding,” Arens said. “Leeds included three doubles in his run as well as a hand drag cork seven, a trick that also earned him a nomination for overall Best Trick-to be awarded at the end of the Park and Pipe Open Series competition season.”
Leeds just competed in his first ever X Games in Oslo, Norway, on Feb. 28, where he finished 10th. The weekend before that, Leeds hit the podium at the Aspen Open.
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“With a couple of new tricks in the bag, I feel like my skiing is really on point right now,” he said.
A treasure trove of other prizes were given out in the competition including gear from The North Face, Rossignol skis, LOOK bindings, Clif Bar and GoPro cameras were also awarded to skiers in the amateur and junior categories. Felix Coudoy, also of Vail, ended up winning the amateur men’s category.