This season's snowboard slope discipline on the Winter Dew Tour delivered a back-to-back winner and a never-before Dew Cup champ.
Torstein Horgmo had multiple wins over his last three season's competing on the Winter Dew Tour, but this year was the first time he left with the overall title and the coveted Dew Cup.
He's been killing it in all season, and if you ask how it came to be, he'll admit he never could have imagined himself in this position. In his other life, he was an unknown grom back in Norway shredding with his friends and keeping it real.
But ask his competitors and they aren't the least bit surprised.
"He kills it at every single contest," said Eric Willett, who took the event win in Snowbasin. "I'm surprised he hasn't got the Dew Cup in the past. He finally got it and I'm stoked for him."
Torstein boardsliding the Nike 6.0 feature in Breckenridge
Canadian up-and-comer Mark McMorris, 17, feels the same way, and he came into the finals ranked second overall behind Torstein.
"He deserves it," McMorris said. "He rides so consistently and he's such a solid rider. I'm so pumped just to be on the podium with him. He kills it every contest."
Torstein began his winning spree at the first event of the season, the Nike 6.0 Open in Breckenridge.
"I came into that contest right off an injury and I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to compete at all," Torstein said. "And I ended up winning that and I'm like, 'OK, cool.' Then I hurt myself again and it's been a painful year. But at the same time, it’s been the best contest year for me, ever. And I'm really stoked about that."
Torstein going big in Killington
Next up after Breck was the Winter Dew Tour in Killington, Vermont, where temperatures dipped into the negatives and Torstein stood on the podium shivering and nursing broken ribs after his win. He got injured a few weeks before, but still came through on the rails and jumps to prove he's got the skills to back it up.
With the back-to-back wins, Torstein came into the Toyota Championships in Snowbasin with a huge points advantage. He only needed to finish fifth or better in the finals to go home with the Dew Cup. But after Round 1 it was looking a little sketchy.
"Pretty much everyone fell on their first run except for Chas," Torstein said, himself included. "In the second run, everybody just started stomping and I was getting so stoked for people."
Stoked or not, he was bumped down to 10th place at that point, and out of Dew Cup contention.
Torstein soaring above the treeline at the Toyota Championships in Snowbasin
"Of course I was nervous," he later said. "I just wanted to stay on my feet and land my run."
He was the last rider to go, and the atmosphere was intense with everyone wondering if he'd stick it, or lose the Cup forever.
But he destroyed the rails with his tech skills and attacked the jumps with a huge cab double 10 into a massive switch backside 9. With the intense level of riding at Finals, and the highest scoring slope run ever from Willett, Torstein podiumed in third-place and finished the season in first overall with the Dew Cup.
Getting it done!
"I wanted to do good at the contest and the Dew Cup just proves that," he said. "I'm all about getting to 100 percent injury-free now so I can just go into filming with a smile on my face. Not being so stressed out. Just go into the woods with my snowmobiles and my friends and my filmers. I just want to get some shots with a good contest season behind me and I'm psyched about that."
For Jamie Anderson, it was a similar start to the season with her back-to-back wins. In fact, she came into the Toyota Championships with such an advantage over the women's field that all she needed was to show in up Utah, register for the contest and the Cup was hers.
Jamie battling the weather in Breck
But that's not to say she didn't put in the hard work in December and January to get to that point.
"I was so nervous at the Dew Tour in Breck," Anderson said. "I just wanted to ride good and I had so many nerves leading up to it. But the weather came in and it was not the highest level of riding, but I did my best and I ended up winning and I was stoked."
Breck podium with Jamie on top, Charlotte Van Gils in second and Cheryl Maas in third
At the next stop, Spencer O'Brien was in the lead, but Anderson answered back with a blunt on the rail to a 5050 frontside boardslide, a boardslide switch out to a Cab 5 indy, frontside 360 mute and a huge backside 180 mute to score 91.25 and take the win.
"It was freezing cold and everyone was having troubles with something," Anderson said about Killington. "But I ended up putting my run down and I got it, and I was so thankful."
Whether rails or jumps, Jamie had it dialed in Killington
The Toyota Championships in Snowbasin saw a switch-up in the field with 34-year-old Janna Meyen-Weatherby advancing to finals and throwing down an amazing run to take the win. That didn't affect Anderson's bid for the Dew Cup, because she'd already earned it even before she strapped in to compete.
"To get second place here and have Janna win is amazing and I'm so stoked on the weekend," Anderson said following the finals. "I've always liked the Dew Tour events and it was a goal of mind to do well and win the overall title. So it definitely feels good to do it."
Jamie blasting off the cannon
Now that she has back-to-back Dew Cups, she's off to continue her mission of progressing women's snowboarding. And what better place to do that than in Norway.
"I'm going to the Arctic challenge tomorrow, so I'm very excited," Anderson said. "It's the first year they're having women's in it, and I think it's going to be great."
The newly minted Monster rider taking home her Dew Cup