The World Skiing Invitational-slash-AFP Championships got underway on Blackcomb Friday, April 20 with the final slopestyle of the season. The sun came out after three days of fog of blizzards, and the athletes held nothing back.
On the women's side, Anna Segal of Australia took the top spot with a top score of 90.0 points, followed by Emilia Wint of Colorado with an 86.4. Third place went to Pemberton's Yuki Tsubota, a last-minute addition to the women's invite list who bested some of the top skiers in the world with a score of 83.0.
Montreal's Kaya Turski did not attend the event, but still finished on top of the Association of Freeskiing Professionals (AFP) World Tour slopestyle standings with 5,300 points. Segal closed the gap with her Whistler win to finish second with 5,034. Devin Logan of the U.S. placed third.
On the men's side, Gus Kenworthy was the clear winner with two double corked tricks in his run, including a 1260 spin with a mute grab and the biggest air of the day on the bottom quarterpipe.
Kenworthy finished with a 92.4, followed by James Woods with an 89.4 and Joss Christensen with an 88.8. The top Canadian was Noah Morrison in eighth.
Tom Wallisch was named the AFP slopestyle champion, although Kenworthy is still favoured to win the overall title as one of the few athletes that competes in all three disciplines - halfpipe, slopestyle and big air - and is competitive in all three.
Nick Goepper and Bobby Brown were second and third in the slopestyle rankings.
The competition continues tonight, April 21 with the Big Air at the base of Whistler Mountain, starting 7:15 p.m.