Podium for NZ's Cam Melville Ives in Junior Jam
The 2020 Junior Jam Presented by Clif Bar & Company kicked off the first day of competition at the 38th Annual Burton U·S·Open Snowboarding Championships. The field featured 25 of the top boy and girl groms aged 14 and under competing in a completely reimagined Burton U·S·Open halfpipe. The competitors relied on creativity, style, and skill as they dropped into the new modified pipe venue—a 13-foot enhanced minipipe transitioning into a standard 22-foot Superpipe—in a best of two-runs format. First place in the girl’s division went to Sonora Alba (USA) while Fynn Bullock-Womble (USA) took the win in the boy’s division. With these wins, Alba and Bullock-Womble both earned an equal share of the $2,000 prize purse and the opportunity to compete against the pros in Thursday’s halfpipe semi-finals competition.
In the boy’s field, Fynn Bullock-Womble put down the top two scores of the competition earning a 90.80 on his first run to take the lead and following that up with a 95.40 on his second run. This is his third year competing in the Junior Jam, bettering his third-place finish last year. His winning run included a lipslide on the tombstone feature and frontside Alley Oop Indy in the enhanced minipipe, with a transfer drop into the Superpipe, a huge frontside 1260 tail grab, into a backside 720 stalefish, a switch method and finishing with a Cab 1080 stalefish. Bullock-Womble says, “This is a dream come true. I’ve been working really hard this year to win. This is just an insane event to watch and be a part of.”
Jonas Hasler (SUI) earned a score of 78.60 impressing the crowd with a combination of old-school moves up top including an Andrecht plant and back-to-back 900s in the Superpipe, and Cam Melville Ives (NZL) took third with a score of 76.00.
In the girl’s field, Sonora “Sonny” Alba earned the top girls score of 75.00 for the win in her fourth U·S·Open Junior Jam appearance. Coming back from a fall on her first run, Alba put down the winning run under pressure on her second run. Her run included a tail tap on the first tombstone feature to a backside Alley Oop on the second, dropping into the 22-foot pipe with a backside grab, a frontside 540 Indy, to a backside 540 stalefish, finishing off with a soulful carve to finish. Coming out of San Pedro, California, Alba also earned the top spot in the Mammoth stop of the Futures Tour halfpipe comp this season. Alba says of her Junior Jam win, “It’s breathtaking, I’m just so hyped about it!” Adding, “I’m very excited and very nervous to compete in the semi-finals.” She’s looking forward to competing alongside 2019 Junior Jam winner Brooke D’Hondt (CAN) and 2019 U·S·Open returning champ Maddie Mastro (USA).
Rinka Nishizuka (JPN) took second place with a score of 71.00 followed by Kailey Bogart (USA) with a score of 68.80 in third place.
Eight-year-old Patti Zhou (CHN) also competed today, spinning high above the lip and earning cheers from the crowd and a remarkable sixth place finish for the event’s youngest Junior Jam competitor.
Additionally, the winners of the Clif Bar ‘Raise the Bar’ award, rewarding two athletes for the best trick of the day’s competition, went to boy’s winner Fynn Bullock-Womble for his frontside 1260 tail grab and girl’s second place finisher Rinka Nishizuka (JPN) for her frontside air tail tap on the tombstone.
Viewers will be able to watch highlights of the competition at BurtonUSOpen.com.
Boy’s Halfpipe Junior Jam Results
1. Fynn Bullock-Womble (USA), BURTON, 95.40
2. Jonas Hasler (SUI), BURTON, 78.60
3. Cam Melville Ives (NZL), ICEBREAKER, 76.00
Girl’s Halfpipe Junior Jam Results
1. Sonora Alba (USA), ROCKSTAR, 75.00
2. Rinka Nishizuka (JPN), 71.00
3. Kailey Bogart (USA), VOLCOM, 68.80
Competition continues tomorrow Wednesday, February 26th with the men’s and women’s slopestyle semi-finals on Vail’s Golden Peak with returning champions Redmond Gerard (USA) and Zoi Sadowski-Synnott (NZL). Also competing will be four-time Burton U·S·Open slopestyle champion Mark McMorris (CAN) and six-time champion Jamie Anderson (USA), 2020 X Games Big Air champ Max Parrot (CAN), 2020 X Games Slopestyle champ Darcy Sharpe (CAN), Yuki Kadono (JPN), Anna Gasser (AUT), Julia Marino (USA), Laurie Blouin (CAN), and Sven Thorgren (SWE) among others gunning to earn a spot in Friday’s slopestyle finals.
Be sure to download the Burton U·S·Open app for all information around the 2020 Burton U·S·Open, including the competition, event and programming schedule, rider bios, results and more. The app is available now through Google Play and the App Store. Also follow #BurtonUSOpen and catch the competition including the halfpipe and slopestyle semi-finals and finals airing live and on demand on Red Bull TV and BurtonUSOpen.com,
A big thank you to the following partners for their support of the 38th annual Burton U·S·Open: Burton, Toyota, Town of Vail, Red Bull, Clif Bar & Company, Fat Tire, Paul Mitchell, G-SHOCK, Microsoft, Stoli, Jack Daniel’s, Exotico, Hydro Flask, Medterra, Open Water, Vail Mountain, Anon, and Protect Our Winters.