Photo Epic: Emil Johansson Wins Big White Slopestyle & Stephanie Nychka Wins Inaugural Women's Slopestyle

Jul 14, 2019
by Clint Trahan  



Presented by Big White.


In 2018, Big White held their inaugural Slopestyle Invitational, hosted by Tom Van Steenbergen. It was a home run.

If you want your memory jogged, here are the Gold Recap and the Bronze Recap. For 2019, the slopestyle event expanded to include a women's category. In a similar format to 2018, the Bronze Course would host the men vying for a spot, as well as the women. The Gold course remained invite-only, with a wildcard entry to Crankworx Rotorua at stake.

So what happened? Let's get to it!

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Foreshadowing.

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Heading to battle.

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Stairway to Bronze.

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13-year-old Julia Lofqvist Traum with the tuck no-hander.

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Kaylee Gibb getting sideways during the women's event.
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Casey Brown put down a run of 64.33, finishing outside the podium in her first slopestyle event.

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Ming Goetz whipped her way to 2nd place with a 74.00 run.
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Your women's slopestyle winner, Stephanie Nychka.

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Future Slopestyle athletes.

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Your women's podium. 1st: Stephanie Nychka, 2nd: Ming Goetz, 3rd: Jordan Scott.

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Congratulations to the WST! Here is to more events in the future!


On the Bronze side, the event contained a starting list of 29 riders. The top 5 would qualify for the main event on July 13th.


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Sightlines are fantastic for the courses at Big White, allowing spectators to see multiple features.

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And crashes.

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Liam Wallace took the win in the Bronze Qualifying event.

Your Bronze Event podium 1st - Liam Wallace 2nd - Soren Farenholtz 3rd Liam Baylis.
Your Bronze Event podium: 1st - Liam Wallace, 2nd - Soren Farenholtz, 3rd Liam Baylis.


Moving onto the Gold event. With a stacked roster of riders competing, the fans were in for a treat.


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Action was delish.

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Not a bad view from the top of the Gold course.

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En Route.

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At age 15, Jackson Goldstone was the youngest competitor in the Gold event after qualifying the day before in Bronze.

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Tom Isted dropping in.

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Reed Boggs finished the day in 12th place with an 80.00

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Judging ain't easy

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No words needed.
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Intermission snacks.

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DJ Brandt, from a distance.

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Diego Caverzasi's day did not go as planned. After a crash in his first run, he was out of the competition.

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Erik Fedko's first run of 89.33 was good enough to secure 3rd place on the podium.

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One of the cooler parts of the event is how stoked riders get for each other. While it is a competition, the level of camaraderie between riders is admirable.

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Nicholi Rogatkin stomped his first run to the tune of 91.00, virtually guaranteeing him a place on the podium.

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Your men's Gold podium: 1st - Emil Johansson, 2nd - Nicholi Rogatkin, 3rd - Erik Fedko.

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Your winning bike

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Thanks #PlimDaddy


Full results can be found here.

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8 Comments

  • + 13
 Did anyone else see the Trojan condom ad covering the "boner log"?
  • + 6
 Absolutely best place for a condom ad. It's best to have safe boners, after all
  • + 6
 such a cool Event! mad props to Tom for understanding what the mtb slopestyle Scene Needs These days! stoke is real for the WST, too. love mtb.
  • + 3
 Congratulations to all!! I have a new favourite rider Kaylee Gibb , tricks come to most but style is a selected few!! Ask Hosoi
  • + 2
 Had to do a double take. Nicolai's bike colours scream 2005. Thought he went retro
  • + 1
 hopefully that's the 2020 p.3. I loved that copper one they had a few years ago.
  • + 1
 @nickmaldonado: that's going way back to the second year it was out haha. First one was black with red writing. That copper would be sick
  • + 2
 That RAW TREK soo hot!

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