Parker throws down at Showdown 

It was a great day for the almost 90 athletes who signed up for the fifth annual Showcase Showdown on Monday, as well as a great day for the hundreds of fans that lined the course during the contest, and hung in there until the very end.

As a result of the number of competitors and the slushy conditions, the 12-foot quarterpipe took a beating over the course of the day, with event crews doing patch-ups between categories. The 16-foot Mission Six ruler that was built to measure amplitude was broken in half not once but twice as riders cleared the deck and smashed into it.

As events go, it doesn’t get more exciting. The athletes hit the quarterpipe one after another, pulling out some incredible moves and making spectacular landings and crashes. Some of the athletes broke the 16-foot barrier in the big air competition after the event, while others were regularly launching over 12-feet out of the pipe, spinning, and getting inverted during their regular runs.

Throughout the day, the crowd was kept in hysterics by Collin of Showcase Snowboards and Tom of Westbeach, the MC’s for the event.

The top three men earned $3,000, $2,000 and $1,000 respectively, and the top woman earned $1,500.

Whistler’s Jamie Parker got top marks from the judges in the pro category, nailing a huge McTwist with a melon grab (grabbing the backside edge of the board with your front hand). The trick was good enough for a score of 27.4.

Justin Lamoureux, who finished fifth in the X Games superpipe two days earlier, came close with a score of 26.8 for a big style cab 720. Third place and 26.4 points went to Dennis Bannock, who landed the highest McTwist of the day.

Josh Duncan and Yves Martineau came closest to the leaders with scores of 26.1 and 25.1 respectively.

Burton was the headline sponsor for the event, chipping in $5,000 in prize money. Mission Six kicked in prizes and $500 for the big air contest that went to John Caufield of North Vancouver, who easily launched more than 16 feet out of the quarterpipe, and finally nailed the landing after several huge crashes.

2003 Showcase Showdown Results

Men Pro

Jamie Parker, 27.4

Justin Lamoureux, 26.8

Dennis Bannock, 26.4

Josh Duncan, 26.1

Yves Martineau, 25.1

Women Pro

Leanne Pelosi, 22.9

Yukiko Komatsu, 21.9

Marni Yamada, 21.5

Kendra Starr, 19.6

Amy Bell, 15.9

Amateur Men 18 and Under

Craig Moore, 27.0

Vinny Ligeti, 26.0

Lucas Debari, 24.8

Francois Ligeti, 22.7

Tamo Campos, 20.7

Amateur Men 19 and Over

John Harris, 25.4

Carter Smith, 24.1

Jean Pierre Giroux, 22.7

Aki Makulani, 17.6

Jason Hindman, 17.1

Amateur Women

Stephanie Just, 23.2

Yoko Ono, 22.0

Joanna Majcherkiewicz, 19.1

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