Red Bull Double Pipe finalists ready to ride |

Red Bull Double Pipe finalists ready to ride

Scotty James flashes his style at the Red Bull Double Pipe at Buttermilk. The Australian rider will compete in the double pipe finals Thursday.
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The Ferguson boys from Bend, Oregon, led qualifiers after the opening day of competition at the second Red Bull Double Pipe at Buttermilk in Aspen.

A total of 19 snowboarders hit the double pipe/slopestyle course at Buttermilk on Wednesday for a two-hour qualifying session.

Judges rated the riders on “overall impression” considering technical abilities, style, creativity and use of the course features.

The top eight riders from qualifying will compete in the Red Bull Double Pipe finals, set to run from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday at Buttermilk.

Gabe Ferguson, the youngest of the Ferguson boys, was the No. 1 qualifier with Ben Ferguson right behind at No. 2.

Gabe is 15; Ben is 20.

Chase Josey of Hailey, Idaho, ended up third in qualifying, and he’ll ride again in the Red Bull Double Pipe competition finals.

Benji Farrow of Breckenridge was slotted at No. 4 — the final U.S. snowboader to advance to the eight-rider finals.

The other four qualifiers are France’s Arthur Longo, Swiss rider Jan Scherrer, Norwegian favorite Stale Sandbech and Australian Scotty James.

All sport experience in Aspen at the Winter X Games.

Matt Ladley of Denver just missed the cut at No. 9.

Other notable snowboarders outside the top eight in Wednesday’s qualifying were Taku Hiroaka of Japan, Eiju Hirano of Japan, Louie Vito of Ohio and Greg Bretz of California — more Winter X Games veterans.

In addition to the double pipe finals Thursday, there will be a doubles/best trick competition in jam-session format from noon to 2 p.m. Friday at the Buttermilk venue.

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