The South American Cup (SAC) Park & Pipe season wrapped up last week with back-to-back competitions as part of the Ford Chile Winter Series presented by Visa, with big air action first taking to El Colorado from 13-15 August, followed by the SAC season-ender slopestyle in Valle Nevado from 17-19 August. With a high level of competition from national and international athletes and excellent venues at both events, the 2023 SAC finished on a high note.
With important FIS points up for grabs and a pathway to a World Cup quota spot for the top athletes of the season, there was a lot on the line for the snowboarders and freeskiers on hand in Chile last week.
The snowboard big air competitions in El Colorado were dominated by the host Chileans, with Amanda Cardone claiming victory in both competitions on the women’s side, and Alvaro Yanez with the win in competition one on the men’s side. Yanez’ Chilean teammate Pedro Pizarro took the win in competition two for the men.
For the freeskiers, meanwhile, it was more good news for Chile, with World Cup veteran Dominique Ohaco going back-to-back with victories for the women, and Francisco Salas taking the win in competition number two for the men. The lone non-Chilean win came in the first men’s competition of the El Colorado event, where Nahuel Medrano of Argentina claimed the W.