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Henricksen Second in Laax Slopestyle

By U.S. Ski & Snowboard
January, 22 2023
A feature in the slopestyle course at the Laax Open. (Patrick Ruggli).

Dusty Henricksen started off the FIS Snowboard World Cup season strong with a second-place finish on the slopestyle course at the Laax Open.

After being postponed for a day due to inclement weather, the snowboard slopestyle finals at the Laax Open finally went down, and what a show the riders put on!  

Dusty Henricksen came out strong with a smooth run that put him in fourth place. To get into a podium position, however, Henricksen knew he would need to improve on his first run, and he proceeded to do just that. Henricksen stomped a cab 1260 nose grab, frontside 1440 Japan, and backside triple cork 1440 weddle on his final run moving him into second place. 

When asked how it felt to land on the podium at the esteemed Laax Open, Henricksen exclaimed, “I’m so stoked! Super fun week riding with everyone and so glad we were able to run a final with the tough weather all week!”

But Henkricksen wasn’t the only one throwing down in Laax. His teammates Luke Winkelmann and Judd Henkes both landed clean runs to finish sixth and seventh, respectively. Norway’s Marcus Kleveland took home the win and Sweden’s Sven Thorgren rounded off the podium in third.

On the women’s side, Zoi Sadowski-Synnott of New Zealand won her first Laax Open. Coming in second and claiming her first World Cup podium was one of the newest additions to the World Cup circuit, 16-year-old Mia Brookes of Great Britain. Austria’s Anna Gasser claimed third and U.S. Snowboard Team athlete Hailey Langland finished eighth. 

Next up, Henricksen will join his teammates Red Gerard, Sean Fitzsimons, and Chris Corning at the X Games before the snowboard slopestyle team heads to the U.S. Toyota Grand Prix at Mammoth Mountain on Feb. 1-4.