We were a little disappointed to learn that the Dew Tour’s plans for a ‘modified superpipe’ have been put on hold due to inappropriate conditions.
After the success of Danny Davis’ Peace Park, it would have been nice to see the format applied to a more ‘serious’ contest. Who knows, it could perhaps have gone on to serve as the foundation for a new-look competitive snowboard tour…
“Six snowboard companies have been invited to field a three-man team, consisting of a captain, a ‘jumps’ rider and a ‘jibs’ rider”
Alas, the snow gods are not onside this year. It’s not a problem that other, more mainstream events have to deal with – no-one, for example, is worried that there might not be enough grass to run Wimbledon.
Given that it’s no-one’s fault when the snow doesn’t arrive, it might have been fun to see the organisers say “Hey, them’s the breaks – we’re going to pile what snow we have into one big hip, and have a jam on that”. As it stands, however, they’ve just scrubbed the pipe comp to focus on slopestyle, “streetstyle” and the team jam.
The latter is an interesting one. Six snowboard companies have been invited to field a three-man team, consisting of a captain, a ‘jumps’ rider and a ‘jibs’ rider (there would have been a pipe guy too, but naturally that’s not the case anymore).
We’re not yet sure exactly what involvement the captains – all of whom are veterans rather than active competitive riders – will have, but here’s how the teams break down: