Reid wins national title in boardercross
Vail native Brandon Reid won his age class in the boardercross event in the world’s largest snowboarding contest last week in Angel Fire, N.M.
The USASA Nationals invites 1,200 riders from around the country to compete in five disciplines of snowboarding. All of these athletes had to qualify through regional events in order to earn the invitation to nationals.
Reid has been tearing up the competition scene all season long. He won three out of four Boardercross races in the Copper Mountain series, finished fifth at the Mt. Baker Banked Slalom, and won the junior division of both the extreme and the overall aspects of the Crested Butte Boarderfest.
Reid is an incredibly strong rider and his hole-shot ability has been the reason for much of his boardercross success. In Angel Fire, Brandon lined up against 55 of the fastest racers in the country. The course layout demanded a strong start in order to be in front through a straightaway and rhythm section before the course narrowed into a sequence of winding berms.
Throughout the day there was a lot of elbow rubbing as racers fought for position. Reid finished 10th in the time qualifying round, which would give him good lane choice preference throughout the elimination rounds. In the first two heats, Reid got the hole-shot and left the five other riders to battle it out in the turns.
In his third heat, several other racers made contact and almost took Reid off his feet. Keeping his balance, Reid slid into the third position and held on to qualify for the finals.
For the last round of the day, Brandon was surrounded by five fast and experienced racers. When the gate dropped Brandon’s powerful start propelled him into the lead, and he never gave it up. Less than a minute later, Brandon crossed the finish line as a national champion of the Junior Men category.
Reid lives in Edwards with mom, Jeanne, and stepfather, Craig White. A senior at Crested Butte Academy in Crested Butte, Reid is the first snowboarder from the Crested Butte Academy to win a national title. Reid rides for Winterstick and is sponsored by his mother.
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Jeff Shiffrin, with his wife, Eileen, made the Vail area their home decades ago, and together raised Mikaela and Taylor Shiffrin, who was a member of the two-time NCAA Champion University of Denver Ski Team.