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Parrot, Ulsletten win big at Shred Show

Over $50,000 in prize money awarded at snowboard competitions



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Second place went to Norway's Kim Rune Hansen with a 93.25, while American Justin Morgan was third with a 90.25.

Both riders have triples in their trick bags as well, but didn't attempt any in the finals.

For Morgan, just to be in the competition was a big deal.

"For me, I'm coming off an injury so it's just good for me to get out there and land tricks I haven't done in a while," he said. "It's the end of the season and the jump is perfect, so it was a great time for me to get out and really progress myself as a rider. I would have been glad to be out here no matter what happened."

Morgan also enjoyed being in Whistler to wrap up his season.

"It's always one of my favourite events of the year," he said. "I love it here. The jumps are always so perfect, and I look forward to it all year."

There was some Whistler content in the final this year with Matts Kulisek finishing fifth overall and Darcy Sharpe, who trains with the Whistler Valley Snowboard Club, placing eighth.

Some 30 sathletes were in the qualifier, with only 10 advancing to the finals.

Ulsletten takes slopestyle victory

With soft conditions for the Shred Show slopestyle on Friday, momentum was everything — one small mistake up top could steal a riders' speed and force them to downgrade tricks on the rest of the course. Luckily almost every rider struggled in the finals on at least one of the park features.

For Norwegian rider Emil Ulsletten, the mistake was made up top on the rail feature, leaving him heading into the next jump switch and forcing him to change plans on the fly.

"(The run) was something I hadn't planned to do at all, I did 180 (degree spin) less than I should have on the rail feature, so that mixed up my routine a bit on the last two runs," he said.

"Between the rail feature and second jump I had no idea what to do anymore and just pulled something out. Lucky for me it was good enough. I knew I did well but didn't think it was good enough to win."

Despite the improvisation, Ulsletten's second run was good enough to pull into the lead ahead of American Eric Willett, who led in the qualifier and was leading the finals until the final run. In the end, Ulsletten scored an 84.5, while Willett finished with an 83.33. Tyler Nicholson, an unheralded rider from Ontario, picked up third place with a 78.33.

Willett was saving up a few tricks for his last run, but not everything went according to plan.