Vail Valley’s Waring touches down in both runs |

Vail Valley’s Waring touches down in both runs

COPPER MOUNTAIN – After placing third overall in the qualifying round this week, Broc Waring of Edwards fell in both runs at the U.S. Halfpipe Grand Prix Final at Copper Mountain on Saturday.

It was the first major event of the season for the 19-year-old, who was recently renamed to the U.S. Snowboard Team. He finished 15th overall among many of the world’s best halfpipe riders.

Louie Vito won the men’s competition, while Kaitlyn Farrington topped the women.

With snowy conditions, the pipe was slow and the judges were looking to reward riders that could pull off big, smooth air as opposed to small chucks, which is a format that favors Waring, he said.

“Going big and smooth is my favorite thing to do,” Waring said. “I felt pretty confident coming in, but it just wasn’t my day – couldn’t land on my feet.”

His run started off with a backside crail grab into a front-side 1080, followed by Cab 720.

He went down in both runs on the next trick – a front-side 900 mute. But Waring said the problem was a lack of speed throughout the sequence in both attempts. He planned on closing out with a Michalchuk, but didn’t quite get that far.

“I’ve been riding really well, up until today, and nothing really clicked for me,” he said.

Waring won’t have to wait very long before getting another crack at a podium result. He will be dropping in at the Dew Tour in Breckenridge next weekend, which will host a similar field of competitors on an upgraded 22-foot pipe for the first time.

“The Dew Tour is usually a little more laid back,” Waring said. “I feel like there’s less pressure to do well there. You just have to deal with yourself. I feel like I could ride better there because it’s a little more progressive.”

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