Demsar lording over boarders
Give 29-year-old Janez Demsar of South Lake Tahoe any kind of board to ride and he’ll master it.
Demsar is proving so in the four-stop Lord of the Board Series, which is a combination of skiercross, telemarkcross and boardercross disciplines. Outside of a second-place overall finish last weekend at Cooper Mountain, Demsar has dominated the series.
He won the first two legs of the series at Sugar Bowl and Homewood and can wrap up the overall championship probably by just showing up at the finale March 21 at Alpine Meadows.
“As long as I perform in all three (disciplines) I’ll be alright for the overall,” said Demsar, who is sponsored by Scott Poles and Elan Skis.
In the series’ first venture outside of Lake Tahoe at Cooper Mountain, Colo., boarders flocked to the allure of cash and prizes and a burgeoning competitive field. There were 130 participants in the skiercross, 85 in the boardercross and 35 in the telemarkcrosss.
“Each time we have a considerable amount of people coming out. Even the ex-Alpine racers are coming out because of the fun of the event,” said Demsar, who was third in the skiercross and fourth in telemarkcross at Copper.
Justin Befu of the South Shore is within striking range of Demsar in the overall points with his fourth-place standing. In addition, Brady Gunsch, Robbie Tavares, Jason Fife and Sarah John are representing the South Shore in the series. Other area competitors include Toni Standteiner, John Morrison, Stephanie Turner and Christy Kromer.
Morrison was the overall champion at Copper Mountain, with Standteiner third and Greg Loniewski fourth.
Kromer won the women’s overall title at Copper, placing third in skiercross and fourth in telemarkcross. Turner was runner-up in telemarkcross and John was fourth in skiercross.
Each athlete must participate in all three events to challenge for the overall title. Many compare the series to motocross racing because the track includes all sorts of obstackles such as table tops, banking turns and double and triple jumps.
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