MAJOR TALENT SHOWDOWN AT RED BULL MINORS CUP
–Top Under 18 Snowboard Athletes Compete at Brighton Resort—
Brighton, UT—April 2, 2011—Under varied skies, 15 youth snowboard athletes fought for bragging rights to claim the inaugural Red Bull Minors Cup title. Hiking 30 minutes above the lifts, each athlete chose harrowing lines down Millicent Peak, over both natural and man-made obstacles. After completing two runs each, Sam Taxwood claimed victory and title of Red Bull Minors Cup Champion.
Judges awarded points based on line choice fluidity and amplitude of airs taken. Three snowboarding legends, Ali Goulet, Tim Ostler and Brandon Ruff, were tasked with judging the talented field of athletes. “The Red Bull Minors Cup is really pushing the progression of young riders in the all mountain category,” said judge Ali Goulet.
Riding high on his second place finish, Tristan Clegg remarked, “Everything about this event was done well, it was a great venue with outstanding riders invited; it really couldn’t have been a better contest.”
The athletes, hailing from Oregon to Vermont, competed to showcase some of the best under 18 snowboard talent in the country. Riders were chosen based on video submissions, suggestions from industry pros and coaches, and past competition performances. A competition of this extreme nature has generally been reserved for older, elite riders. Red Bull Minors Cup celebrated the rising talent represented by the under 18 age bracket.
Brighton Resort, Utah’s first ski area, started as a mining town but has a history of yielding top snowboarders because of its great terrain and bountiful snowfall. Millicent Peak has a history of being the “proving ground” for up and coming riders.
1-Sam Taxwood 26pts.
2-Tristan Clegg 23pts.
3-Nils Minich 22.5pts.
4-Hans Minich 22.5pts. (tie broken by taking score from both runs)
5-Seamus Oconner 21pts.
6-Max Warbington 20.75pts.
7-Gus Warbington 20pts
8-Jonas Harris 19pts
9-Max Raymer 18pts
10-Hunter Wilson 16.5pts
11-Corbin Dunn 16pts
12-Kim Doane 15.5pts