James caps remarkable unbeaten season with sixth straight victory

Courtesy of Red Bull Media Service Team

Aussie in fine form to win the Burton US Open halfpipe title for the first time.

Scotty James and Maddie Mastro both enjoyed landmark victories in the halfpipe event at the Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships in Vail, Colorado.

While James won his sixth consecutive halfpipe title of the season, it was a first contest win for Mastro who landed the first ever double crippler by a woman in competition. Here is all you need to know:

–  Ten men and six women competed on the 22-foot halfpipe in the best of three run finals. Watch all the action on Red Bull TV HERE

–  Australian rider James, 24, won the title for the first time to complete an unbeaten season in which he has won every halfpipe contest he has entered.

–  He had previously won the Grand Prix at Copper Mountain, Dew Tour, LAAX Open, X Games and the World Championships this season.

–  James secured the win with a score of 92.00 on his first run, beating Japanese duo Raibu Katayama and Yuto Totsuka who completed the podium. His run included a switch backside 1080 indy, a backside double cork 1260 mute, a frontside 1080 nosegrab, a cab double cork 1080 mute and a frontside double cork 1260 stalefish.

–  He said: “It’s been an amazing season. Coming off second in semi-finals definitely put a fire under my butt, I definitely didn’t like finishing off there. So I came out today and really wanted to put on a show for myself and for everyone that came up here to watch us. It’s just amazing – I’m absolutely over the moon.”

–  American Mastro, 19, took the lead on her final run with a score of 84.74 which was enough to see off compatriot Chloe Kim and Xuetong Cai from China.

–  Her run included the first double crippler ever landed by a woman in competition as well as a backside air, a frontside 540 stalefish, a backside 540 stalefish, a frontside 720 indy, a haakon flip stalefish and a backside air.

–  It was the first major competition win of her career, having come third in 2017 and second in 2018 at the Burton US Open.

–  Mastro said, “I’m just fully overwhelmed! This is my first contest win, and for it to be at the US Open is this incredible amazing feeling. This trick is something I want to be doing consistently and make progression a norm for women’s snowboarding.”

Women’s Halfpipe Finals Results

1. Maddie Mastro (USA), 84.74
2. Chloe Kim (USA), 84.62
3. Xuetong Cai (CHN), 83.75
4. Arielle Gold (USA), 81.87
5. Sena Tomita (JPN), 73.50

Men’s Halfpipe Finals Results

1. Scotty James (AUS), 92.00
2. Raibu Katayama (JPN), 90.49
3. Yuto Totsuka (JPN), 87.12
4. Danny Davis (USA), 79.62
5. Ruka Hirano (JPN), 79.37

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