Arguably bigger than X Games, definitely more progressive than the Olympics and easily more exciting than whatever else you had pencilled in your calendar, the first stop of the Natural Selection Tour 2022 kicks off in Jackson Hole today.
The official head to head brackets were drawn over the weekend, (watch the live stream HERE). The rider list reads like a veritable who’s who of snowboarding, with every matchup worthy of being a final, so of course we at Whitelines took it upon ourselves to put our reputations on the line and make our predictions. Read on to see who we think will take the win in the head to head rounds.
“We at Whitelines took it upon ourselves to put our reputations on the line and make our predictions”
Dustin Craven vs Danny Davis
DC: This man puts on a clinic when it comes to lofty freestyle and prime pillow drops, he’s no stranger to deep snow and knows exactly how to control his board when push comes to shove and he’s threading super tight lines. As a BC local, he’d be a tough contender to draw against in the second round, but Jackson the coming into Jackson as a rookie leaves a question mark hanging over his head.
DD: Danny’s huge airtime and super technical repertoire leave him a strong contender in any matchup. His freestyle prowess has proven itself in a less conventional format in his Peace Pipe runs, and his more recent shift to backcountry focussed riding gives him the adaptability to handle the less than optimum conditions at Jackson today. Danny’s used to riding for points so knows how to impress judges and he has one of the cleanest methods in the game.
WL Prediction: Sorry Danny, but we think Dustin has this one tied up.
“He’d be a tough contender to draw against in the second round, but Jackson the coming into Jackson as a rookie leaves a question mark hanging over his head”