Feature photo: Max Parrot at FIS World Cup big air event in Fenway Park, Boston
Canadian snowboarders put on a show at an FIS big air snowboard event in Boston’s famed Fenway Park on Thursday, taking four World Cup podium spots in men’s and women’s competitions.
The baseball stadium home to the Boston Red Sox, was converted into a freestyle ski and snowboard park for a big air challenge with spectacular, if not dizzying views for riders. Encircled by red seats and floodlights, with a city landscape in the near distance, the boarders were well removed from the mountains and winter resorts on which they’re used to plying their trade.
Max Parrot made the most of his surroundings on Thursday, the reigning X Games Aspen big air champion who represented Canada in snowboard slopestyle at Sochi 2014 won the men’s event outright, nailing the highest score (96.25) on his second run, combined with a 87.25 on his opening effort for 183.50 points.
In the best two-run total score system (riders can make three attempts in the final, with top two scores counting toward their total), fellow Canadian Michael Ciccarelli came closest to Pattor, registering 174.00 for second place. American boarder Charles Guldemond was third, with Olympic slopestyle champion Sage Kostenburg of the United States sitting out due to a concussion he suffered during the day.
Parrot’s fellow Olympian Jenna Blasman was second, with national teammate Brooke Voigt coming in third in the women’s contest won by American Julia Marino with 169.25 points.
Blasman accumulated 152.25 points in her two top runs, she and Marino scoring well ahead of Voigt’s 117.75.