Grant Abrahamson defends snowboard title in Colorado

Ten Chanhassen snowboarders placed among the nation’s top competitors at this year’s USASA national snowboard competition held at Copper Mountain, Colo. March 31-April 5.

Riders were all top competitors in Minnesota’s USASA competition series and advanced to the National Championships where they left a mark on this year’s competition.

In the Women’s Breaker division (14-15), Emma Brodigan competed in all five disciplines of snowboarding, taking 11th in Boardercross, 14th in Slope Style, fourth in Slalom, seventh in Giant Slalom and 13th in Half Pipe. Brodigan was fourth overall for her age group.

Competing in the Grommet Boys class (8-9), Luke Allen took 18th place in Half Pipe, 15th in Slope Style and 13th in Boardercorss. Fellow teammate Zac Lundburg competed in all five disciplines, placing 24th in Half Pipe, 30th in Slope Style, 11th in Boardercross, 14th in Slalom and 27th in Giant Slalom. Lundburg claimed the 11th overall spot for his age group.

In the Men’s Menehune class, Jake Lundburg was a strong competitor in each division as well, finishing ninth in Giant Slalom, 42nd in Half Pipe, 25th in Slope Style, 19th in Boardercross, and eighth in Slalom, placing him eighth overall.

In the Men’s Breaker class (12-13), Matt Allen placed 34th in Half Pipe and 17th in Boardercross. Adam Tastad also took 25th in Half Pipe and 30th in Slope Style. Grant Abrahamson, the reigning overall champion, competed once again in all five disciplines placing first in Giant Slalom, 15th in Half Pipe, 38th in Slope Style, first in Boardercross and first in Slalom, giving him once again the overall championship for his age division.

The Men’s Youth division (14-15) also has a lot to be proud of as Billy Bjork placed 14th in Slope Style and 18th in Boaerdercross, while teammate Will Betts placed 17th in Half Pipe and 13th in Slope Style.

Matt Chase represented Minnesota in the first-ever Rail Jam competition at the USASA Nationals Championships and took first place in the 14-and-older jam.

These riders have been training hard since early September with the Midwest’s premiere snowboard team, the G Team. The G Team works with riders of all ability levels and ages in competitive and non-competitive teams. Riders get to train with experienced and professional coaches to reach their desired goals in snowboarding. Watch for these riders to continue to push themselves in next year’s competition series.

For more information on USASA, visit www.usasa.org and for more information on the G Team, visit www.thegteam.com.

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