It was cold, windy, and dark when riders arrived at the venue this morning for practice. There was palpable tension in the air at the rider's meeting as many competing felt that the morning's weather prevented them from getting a final practice window in. Despite the live broadcast demands and the spectators already lining the hillside, the organizers decided to put rider safety first and delayed finals by an hour. As soon as the sun came up, the wind died down and conditions were perfect as Cam Zink dropped in.
Unfortunately, neither the veteran nor the newcomer Bienvenido Aguado Alba who started second were able to ride down the mountain without crashing, but luckily both walked away from their crashes and made it back to the top for their second runs. Carson Storch was the first rider to complete a full top to bottom run, and his run was followed by solid runs from Emil Johannson, Graham Agassiz, Reed Boggs, and Vinny T.
Then, the seventh rider of the day, Brandon Semenuk, scored a 92.33 with a massive run that included a backflip into his lilypad feature. The score held, not just for the remainder of the first run, but for the entire day. Semenuk becomes the second rider to win the event three times, while Brett Rheeder finished second with a 91 on his second run and Tom van Steenbergen finished third after scoring 89.66 on his first run.