November 18, 2016 (Breckenridge, Colo.) — Mountain Dew® and TEN: The Enthusiast Network released the full competing athletes list today for the winter Dew Tour ski and snowboard competition coming to Breckenridge Ski Resort, Colo. on December 8 – 11., including the return of all 10 defending champions. The reimagined competition format will feature individual and new team competition (dubbed the "Team Challenge") on a three-part course playing to different riders' strengths in a modified Superpipe zone, a Slopestyle jump zone and a Slopestyle jib zone. Snowboard companies Burton, Nitro, Lib Tech, Ride, DC, and Salomon will all field teams for the new team challenge, as will ski companies Faction, Armada, Head, Atomic, Volkl, and K2. New videos introducing the first two ski and snowboard teams, Head and Burton Snowboards debuted today on dewtour.com and additional teams will be introduced daily.
Snowboard Superpipe slayer Shaun White (USA) has confirmed he will return to fend off challengers including perennial Dew Tour favorite Danny Davis (USA) and last year's halfpipe podium finishers Ayumu Hirano (JPN) and Iouri Podladtchikov (SUI), while Chinese sensation Jiayu Liu will aim to hold off the otherwise unstoppable Chloe Kim and a deep field of women's halfpipe specialists including Kelly Clark (USA) and Arielle Gold (USA).
Ski Superpipe star David Wise (USA) - the 2014 Sochi gold medalist - will fight to hang on to his 2015 Dew Tour title, with the likes of Beau-James Wells (NZL), Alex Ferreira (USA) and Kevin Rolland (FRA) knocking on the door. Japanese Ski Superpipe stylist Ayana Onozuka will lead the charge for the women, with 2015 podium finishers Cassie Sharpe (CAN) and Brita Sigourney (USA) in the mix.
"Whenever people ask for my input, I'm always saying let's change it up, let's change it all the way up," said Danny Davis, whose innovative Peace Park project, filmed over the last five years, influenced some of the changes to this year's course designs, including a hipped entrance and waterfall exit in the Superpipe section. "Dew Tour is really stepping it up this year with some wild designs, and I think it's stressing people out in all the best ways, because nobody knows what to expect. Do I think it's going to throw dudes like Shaun White and Ayumu Hirano for a loop? Nah. Those guys can rip anything and they'll still be the guys to beat. But it's going to get interesting out there, for sure."
Colorado local Gus Kenworthy is the man to beat in the Ski Slopestyle sections, with Jossi Wells (NZL), Fabian Boesch (SUI) and 2014 Sochi gold medalist Joss Christensen (USA) giving him a run for it. Fourteen year old skier Kelly Sildaru’s (EST) win in last year”s Dew Tour, followed up by an X Games gold, will defend her title against seasoned veterans including Tiril Christiansen (NOR), Emma Dahlstrom (SWE) and Devin Logan (USA). In the Snowboard Slopestyle sections, watch for the return of Mark McMorris (CAN), back in action this winter after breaking his femur in February, facing off against the likes of Air & Style Winner Marcus Kleveland (NOR), Darcy Sharpe (CAN) and Max Parrot (CAN), while Anna Gasser (AUT), Spencer O'Brien (CAN), Hailey Langland (USA) and Jamie Anderson (USA) continue to push women's Snowboard Slopestyle progression.
Dew Tour competitors come from all over the world, and this year’s field is the farthest-flung yet, thanks to Ugandan snowboarder Brolin Mawejje. He immigrated to the U.S. when he was 12 and moved to Jackson Hole, Wyoming with his adoptive family, where he learned to rip with the best. He now trains at Park City, Utah. He’s currently mounting a campaign to compete in Pyeonchang in 2018. No Ugandan has ever competed in the Winter Olympics. Or the Dew Tour.
Dew Tour's popular after-hours Streetstyle competition will also return to downtown Breckenridge, where Darcy Sharpe defends among the snowboarders and Sean Jordan (USA) holds it down for the skiers. And, for the first time ever, this year's Dew Tour will feature an adaptive snowboarding Banked Slalom event, a sneak preview of the new discipline before its debut at the 2018 Pyeonchang Paralympics. Look for fierce battles led by the U.S. team that swept the Para-Snowboarding podium in Sochi in 2014 - Evan Strong, Keith Gabel and Mike Shea - and an equally charged women's race headed by Adaptive Action Sports founder Amy Purdy and Sochi 2014 gold medalist Bibian Mentel.
For the full list of 2016 Dew Tour individual and team competitors, visit DewTour.com. Stay tuned for all winter event updates at DewTour.com and on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and YouTube @DewTour. NBC will continue as Dew Tour's broadcast partner with the Winter Dew Tour airing two specials on December 17 and December 24, 2016.
Apply for media credentials to the winter Dew Tour here.
About Dew Tour
Dew Tour is an innovative contest series and content platform that brings together the world's best skateboarders, snowboarders, skiers, artists, brands and fans in a celebration of creativity and style.
In 2016, TEN: The Enthusiast Network became the official strategic partner to lead content production, execution and event staging for the Dew Tour. Working in close collaboration with TEN's core action sports media brands and in partnership with DEW®, Dew Tour continues to progress events and content, bringing millions of action sports fans engaging stories and experiences across digital and broadcast mediums. In addition to Dewtour.com and TEN's digital network, Dew Tour's summer and winter events will be broadcast on NBC.
About TEN: The Enthusiast Network
TEN: The Enthusiast Network is the world's premier transmedia network of enthusiast brands, such as MOTOR TREND, AUTOMOBILE, HOT ROD, SURFER, TRANSWORLD SKATEBOARDING, and GRINDTV. With more than 60 websites, 50 publications, 50 annual events, the Motor Trend OnDemand subscription video-on-demand service, as well as the world's largest automotive and action/adventure sports media platforms, TEN inspires enthusiasts to pursue their passions. For more information, visit enthusiastnetwork.com.
About Breckenridge Ski Resort
With five huge peaks, 2,908 acres, four terrain parks, a 22ft Superpipe, 11 bowls, the highest chairlift in North America, family-friendly terrain and a world-class ski school, all situated above an authentic, hip mountain town with awe-inspiring views, there are good reasons why "Breck" is one of the most popular ski resorts in the Western Hemisphere. Renowned for the welcoming spirit and friendly character of its locals, with over 200 restaurants, bars, and shops, and numerous year-round activities and events, Breck embodies more than just a destination, it inspires a way of life. www.breckenridge.com.
Melody Ann Pfeiffer
Dew Tour PR