Freeskier Gus Kenworthy claimed his second-ever Dumont Cup victory over the weekend at Sunday River Resort in Newry, Maine. Created by Simon Dumont, the Cup is the largest freeskiing event in the East and the second-to-last platinum-rated event on the AFP World Tour schedule.
“I just saw that there were some really technical rail options, and the jumps were big, but I think that everyone’s jump runs are usually pretty similar and it’s hard to separate yourself, so I tried to do that on the rails,” Kenworthy said.
“It’s been a big season and it’s nice to kind of unwind on the East Coast in beautiful weather, and an awesome crowd came.”
It was Kenworthy’s third time on The Dumont Cup podium. Nick Goepper, the event’s defending champion, finished as runner-up.
“It’s interesting now that Gus and I have both won twice. It just kind of makes a cool little one-up game. I’m definitely going to come back next year. I’m really excited to come and throw down in the spring of 2015,” Goepper said.
“[This year’s course] was really intense because everything was really close, on a super steep run, but I think we’re going to figure it out next year and it’ll be sick! It was really sick this year, too,” he continued. “There were a lot of guys [in this year’s competition]. My brother even dropped in and he’s 12. That’s what makes this event so cool, is that all of the amateurs can come out and compete against the pros, and have a couple of swings at the big guys. I think that’s what it’s all about—giving back to the kids, because that’s what feeds into our sport.”
Bobby Brown took third in his first-ever Dumont Cup showing.
“[This] was one of the best events of the year and Simon did a great job,” Brown said. “The course was good; the jumps were big and kind of hard to get used to, but in the end, it ended up being really good, and one of the best courses of the year, as well. I’m definitely coming back, for sure, with the weather like this and the course being that big and awesome.”
Sunday River Photo