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Dew Tour 2015 – Snowboard Halfpipe Preview

Take a look at some of the favourites for the upcoming comp at Breckenridge

The Dew Tour 2015 is now just days away, and this video showcases some of the guys and girls who have a shot at winning the halfpipe. Ahead of the first semi-final on Thursday, here’s a quick Who’s Who:

Dew Tour 2015

  1. Halfpipe Preview
  2. Slopestyle Preview
  3. Men’s Halfpipe Semi-Finals
  4. Women’s Slopestyle Final
  5. Women’s Halfpipe Final
  6. Men’s Halfpipe Final

Danny Davis – The Dude has scooped X Games halfpipe gold for the last two years, and will be a lot of folks’ favourite (in both meanings of the word) for the gold. Expect buckets of style and a Cheshire Cat grin, whaever happens. Read our latest inverview with Danny here.

Greg Bretz – Two years ago, Greg pulled off an upset by beating Shaun White to the top of the podium. The event’s proximity to the Olympics meant that the stakes were higher than normal, proving Greg can get it done under pressure.

Chloe Kim – still only 15 years old, Chloe is starting to look pretty unbeatable in the stunt-ditch. Only veteran Kelly Clark can challenge her on a good day, and she’s only getting better.

Taku Hiraoka – He’s won medals at both the Olympics and the 2015 X Games, but Taku is still waiting for that first high-profile win. He’s certainly got the skills, and boasts one of the finest first hits in history – can he finally get to the top step in Breck?

Kelly Clark – Amplitude and technical ability have made Kelly the world’s most successful halfpipe competitor of all time. It’s been thirteen years since she won Olympic gold, and she’s still winning regularly – including at last year’s Dew Tour. If not Chloe, then we expect Kelly to bring home the gold.

Kelly Clark’s winning run from Dew Tour 2014

Matt Ladley – This American has been a journeyman on the halfpipe circuit for years, and regularly makes the finals if not the podium. However, his shots at Peace Park 2015 were some of the best – if he can apply that style to a solid pipe run, he could be right up there.

Ayumu Hirano – It’s hard to believe that this guy is still just 17, given how long he’s been terrorising the pipe with truly monstrous airs. A silver medallist at both the X Games and the Olympics, if he’s not on the podium again at Dew we’ll be pretty surprised.

Brett Esser – A relative unknown, Brett has nevertheless been a contest regular for some time, and has appeared at the X Games as well as previous Dew Tours. Plus he’s a Breck local, so will have the wind at his back one the crowd gets going.

Scotty James – This young Aussie made the podium last year, thanks to a seriously styley run that included a backside alley-oop rodeo and a massive switch air to regular. If he puts down a similar run in 2015, he’ll be right up there once more.

Yiwei Zhang – It was second place for the Chinese rider in 2014, and he’ll naturally be looking to go one better this year. His arsenal was already formidable, but now he’s got the triple cork. The jury’s out as to whether or not he’ll unleash it in Breck, but if he does then that may be enough for the win.

Taylor Gold – Despite only squeaking through to the finals last year, Taylor put down one hell of a first run and that was all she wrote. Having also won the Red Bull Double Pipe in 2014, he’s a formidable competitor that stands a very good chance of doing the Dew Tour double.

Taylor Gold’s winning run from Dew Tour 2014

That’s not to say that only those seen in this edit have a chance of taking home the gold. Olympic champ Iouri Podlatchikov is down to appear in the pipe, as is Gallic master Arthur Longo and Aussie method man Kent Callister.

With Torah Bright absent, it’s likely that the women’s event will come down to Chloe and Kelly, but the likes of Elena Hight and Arielle Gold could cause an upset.

You can watch the Dew Tour 2015 at dewtour.com from 10th-13th December. For details of other upcoming contests, check out our 2015/16 snowboard events calendar.

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