Home field advantage is usually reserved for sports like football, ice hockey and soccer but longtime Mammoth resident and wünder shred Brandon Davis used the mountains, local crowd and the comfort of riding his favorite chairlift to his advantage yesterday, dominating a stacked field at the US Grand Prix of Snowboarding’s slopestyle event.
After a first run where the wind got the best of him Brandon laid down a vicious second run and earned a 94. Davis’s start position (2nd, behind runner up Eric Willett) meant he’d be watching the remainder of the field drop from the hot seat at the bottom of the course. Not comfortable with his 94.0 Brandon unleashed on his third run and earned a massive 97.5 from the judges.
As Brandon watched the final rider (2015 champ Eric Beauchemin) drop in and eventually wash out on the final jump a wave of total disbelief and elation washed over the 20 year old’s face.
“It was kind of a weird day. I just barely snuck into the finals, wasn’t really having the best practice, didn’t have the best first run, but then everything just ended up working out and here I am.” Davis said.
Call it neutral ice, the 12th man or what you want, but Brandon Davis found the comforts of home to his liking this week.
“I just feel comfortable being in these mountains. Whenever I'm home I'm up here riding this chairlift and hitting these jumps and rails with my friends; that just makes everything so much easier.”