Junior Jam shows off upcoming groms

Wānaka local, Cam Melville Ives (far right) took third place | Burton

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.

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