Cavs, Hokies and Dukes Compete at "Red Bull Rivals"

By: Nate Sulham Email
By: Nate Sulham Email

The best snowboarders from Virginia, Virginia Tech and James Madison hit the slopes at Massanutten Ski resort Saturday evening for the "Red Bull Rivals" competition.

Ten riders from each school had 30 minutes to pull off as many runs down the course as possible. They were judged on creativity, execution and trick difficulty, with the winning team having the best combined score at the end of the event.

"The event is getting bigger and bigger with each year, the school's are becoming a little bit more competitive with it and it's actually becoming a big event," event emcee Danny Murawinski explained.

"This is the first time I've competed in it," UVa fourth-year Albert Smith added. "I've had friends that have done it. It's a lot of fun, it's always fun and everybody always has a great time."

The event gave riders like Smith a chance to show off skills in a competitive environment.

"Being in a competition definitely challenges you a little bit more," he explained. "Everybody tries to push it a little more than they normally would."

With the Winter Olympics just around the corner, fans got to catch a preview of sorts of what they can expect in Sochi. Slopestyle snowboarding is making its debut in this year's Games, and Murawinski believes competitive snowboarding is a sport on the rise.

"This year with slopestyle actually being in the Olympics, it's a huge step for snowboarding and it's a great step for the entire industry. It's going to really solidify snowboarding's place in the snow sports industry."

As for the competition itself, Virginia Tech claimed the title as best in the Commonwealth. The Hokies finished with 240 points as James Madison barely edged out Virginia for second place. The Dukes tallied 211 points to 210 for the Cavaliers.

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