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Seaton 6th at Dew Tour

Avon resident Taylor Seaton flies out of the halfpipe Saturday en route to a 6th place finish at the Dew Tour. Seaton said ski tuning made all the difference in the snowy competition.
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BRECKENRIDGE — Taylor Seaton, of Avon, credited his ski tuner, Dano Bruno, with his impressive sixth-place performance in the Dew Tour ski halfpipe competition on Saturday.

The Dew Tour ski halfpipe is one of the most competitive ski halfpipe competitions on the planet, attracting top competitors from around the globe. Saturday’s final saw heavy snowfall during the competition, preventing some athletes from attaining proper amplitude out of the halfpipe. Amplitude is a key element in the way the judges score the event.

“I think my height out of the pipe is what got my scores into the 80s, and I really owe that to Dano,” Seaton said after the event. “I know I would not have been even close to where I was without his help. I was so happy to have him there with me, he was like a magician on my Atomic skis.”

Local Broby Leeds finished 10th.

‘ANYBODY WHO LANDS A DOUBLE CORK’

American David Wise, the Olympic gold medalist from 2014, performed two double cork 1260s to take down the competition. His winning run was also the last run on the night. Wise said he was very impressed with what he saw out of the rest of the field.

“I’ve been through every kind of condition you could possibly imagine, and I’ve been through contests where anybody who can land a double cork is going to win,” Wise said. “When we dropped into the first run of practice, that’s how I felt it was going to be, because it was so slow.”

Seaton opted not to throw the double cork in his first run of the night, instead going for a stylish run that contained a variety of 900s.

“My plan was to throw the dub in the last hit of my second run to try to up my score a little, but then I ended up over-rotating my third hit just a tiny bit, just enough to land on the wrong edge and the ski just to pop right off.”

SIBLING RIVALRY

Early in the second set of runs, the Wells brothers, of New Zealand, stole the show. At one point, Beau-James Wells stood in first and Byron Wells in third place. Then the competition started heating up even more as Kevin Rolland, of France, and Aspen’s Alex Ferreira both came out charging and improved their scores from Run 1. Rolland scored an 87.40 followed by Ferreira, who scored an 88.60, bumping Byron Wells to fifth place. The pressure was now on Wise after the Wells brothers, Rolland and Ferreira put down great runs. With heavy pressure, top qualifier David Wise dropped in and did not disappoint. Wise completed Run 2 with a right 900 tail, left dub 1260 mute, right 1080 opposite tail, switch left 720 Japan and a right dub 1260 mute. The crowd went wild and suspense filled the frigid air. Would Wise’s score outshine Beau-James Wells’ 90.40? After a lengthy deliberation from the judges, it most certainly did, as Wise rose to the top, outscoring the field with a 91.60, once again proving triumphant.