Tomer, Hight take second in events at Vans Cup |

Tomer, Hight take second in events at Vans Cup

Jim Grant/Tahoe Daily Tribune Elena Hight of Zephyr Cove grabs air in the superpipe at the Vans Tahoe Cup on Saturday at Northstar.

South Lake Tahoe’s Jimi Tomer approached the inaugural Vans Cup at Tahoe like he would any other competition.

“I wasn’t ever worried about it,” Tomer said. “I just wanted to go out there with my friends and have fun.”

Tomer did just that in Friday night’s rail competition as he opened up the three-day event by taking second in the men’s division at Northstar-at-Tahoe. The 20-year-old Tomer, who finished behind winner Wyatt Caldwell of Sun Valley, Idaho, earned an $8,000 prize check for placing second. Caldwell also won Sunday’s Best All-Around Rider contest and earned $40,000 for the weekend, one-fifth of the event’s total prize purse.

“I didn’t know any of the judges and I don’t know why I finished second,” said Tomer, who failed to qualify for the finals in slopestyle at the 2005 X Games a few weeks ago. “I feel like I’ve been riding pretty good. I didn’t feel like I rode well at the X Games, but you know how it is. Some days are good days and some days are bad.”

Tomer wasn’t the only Tahoe rider to finish on the podium at the Vans Cup. Zephyr Cove’s Elena Hight took second in the women’s superpipe on Saturday, which earned her an $8,500 check. It was 15-year-old Hight’s best result in a marquee event since placing second at the 2004 World Superpipe Championships.

Incline Village’s Erin Comstock took third in the women’s rail jam on Friday and also placed seventh in Sunday’s Best All-Around Rider, the same event which saw Tahoe Paradise’s Stacie Anderson take 14th.

In the women’s superpipe on Saturday, Tahoe Paradise’s Jamie Anderson took eighth to win an $800 check, while older sister Joanie Anderson placed 11th, one spot out of the money. In men’s superpipe, Danny Kass beat out Andy Finch, who now lives in Truckee, while South Lake Tahoe’s Wes Klahn placed 34th.

The $200,000 Vans Cup at Tahoe will be aired nationally in two parts next month on Fox Sports Net. Both segments will start at 3 p.m. on March 18 and 25, with additional airings on the FUEL action sports network this spring. The first-year event attracted some of the world’s top riders and the industry’s biggest names to the North Shore, including Shaun White, Ross Powers, Tara Dakides and Hannah Teter.

None of that, however, rattled Tomer, who was voted the winner of the inaugural The Block Rail Jam held at Heavenly in December. It was Tomer’s best result in a big event since he grabbed a bronze medal in slopestyle at the 2003 X Games. He has no idea what he’ll do from here.

“I don’t have any comps lined up that I know of, so I am just going to focus on filming for Grenade,” said Tomer, who is also sponsored by Ride, Billabong and Vans. “That’s going to take up a lot of my time.”

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