Superpipe X Games 13 Results

January 28, 2009 by  
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Pipe-riding fans have no doubt been eagerly following the Superpipe X Games 13 competition as some of the world’s greatest snowboarders have been demonstrating exactly what it takes to become best. After a grueling contest the winners have finally been crowned with little doubt over who was the undisputed winner.

When competitors and fans arrived, they found that the pipe had become rock hard and icy. It was already big and fast before the event, and all these elements combined to provide one massive challenge with absolutely no room for error. The crowds added to the adrenalin, the media coverage by ESPN added to the importance and the big spotlights over the event on Thursday added to the atmosphere. Who would conquer this 540 ft long, 22 ft deep superpipe behemoth and come out as Superpipe X Games 13 champion? Only time would tell.

Before the event began there was a lot of talk about Tanner Hall and Simon Dumont, who seemed to be the top two contenders for first place. However, Xavier Bertoni quickly dashed these hopes by taking control of the competition early on, scoring a splendid 93.66 on his second of three runs. His remarkable score remained unbeaten for the duration of the competition, resulting in him going home to France with the gold medal. Talking about his win, 19-year-old Xavier Bertoni said: “We trained really, really hard for this. This pipe was huge. I am so excited about tonight.”

Tanner Hall was not far behind. While many other competitors, including Winter Dew Tour wonderchild Justin Dorey, failed to land one completely clear run, Hall managed to tackle the superpipe and even pulled out all the stops to go bigger and score better. On his third run he scored 92.00, bringing home the silver medal. Simon Dumont came in third place with 91.00. As odd as it may seem, Dumont was punished for going too high. By the end of his run he had only managed to land five tricks since he traveled most of the length of the pipe in mid air. However his clear runs and flawless tricks did mean that he could take home the bronze. In true sportsmanship, Hall was genuinely happy for Xavier’s win and he gave him heartfelt congratulations on the podium. It was a great event with an unforeseeable but fantastic outcome, and fans no doubt went home smiling and amazed at everything that transpired.