Locals lay out claim to Ripzone titles 

Photo Scott Brammer
  • Photo Scott Brammer

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In the semi-finals, Tartre faced Osachuk and Williams faced Fletch – the first rider with two points from each pairing would move on to face the other top runner in the finals, while the other two would battle it out for third.

Fletch started early and landed a nice backside rodeo 720. Tartre answered back with one of the sickest tricks of the afternoon, a huge switch cab 1080 to take the first point. Fletch answered back with a huge rodeo 900 in the next round. Tartre tried to top it with a cab 1260, but came up short and had to settle for another cab 1080 with a revert landing. The round went to Fletch and the two were tied 1-1.

Tied with one apiece, Flectch went for it in the tie-breaker jump, and missed the landing on another inverted 900. Tartre played is safe with a nice big cab 540 to advance to the finals, 2-1.

Meanwhile Williams edged out Osachuk 2-1 with his solid spin moves and landings to advance to the finals against Tartre.

In the finals, Tartre put the pressure on Williams by opting to go second. When Williams had trouble with his landings, Tartre went first for backside n720 nose grab to take the first point. Williams had trouble yet again, and Tartre put him away with a huge cab 900 double grab to take his first Whistler big air title in five appearances.

Osachuk beat out Fletch 2-0 in the consolation final with a pair of solid landings to finish in third place.

Tartre earned $8,000 for first place, Williams $6,000 for second and Osachuk $3,500 for third.

"This kind of event is just a lot of fun for us, because we all know each other," said Osachuk. "You want to win, but we want everyone else to do well, too. There were so many awesome riders in the qualifiers, it’s a big deal to make it to the finals, and it’s nice to get a little love from the judges and the crowd.

"The prize money is not as important to me as doing well and having fun, but a little cash doesn’t hurt a brother, you know."

From the beginning of the day, it was Tartre’s show, as the 23-year-old stepped up to the microphone after every jump to scream at the audience. He was composed with every jump, had some of the biggest airs of the day, and the one jump he had any problem landing – a cab 1260 – is one of the most difficult tricks in the book.

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