History was made yet again at the Pacifico Women’s Snowboard Big Air. On Saturday night, less than 24 hours after skier Megan Oldham became the first person to land a triple in any women’s ski or snowboard contest, Reira Iwabuchi stomped the first triple in a women’s snowboard contest—a frontside triple underflip frontside grab. Just a few moments later, Laurie Blouin landed a triple of her own—a Cab triple underflip Indy grab.
With that marks three females landing triples in a contest in two days when zero had been landed before X Games Aspen 2023. Progression at its pinnacle!
So how did these triples stack up? Reira Iwabuchi from Japan took gold (her first!) by landing a frontside triple underflip frontside grab (first-ever in competition), and a backside 1260 melon for a total of 87, to win it for the ladies.
Then Zoi Sadowski-Synnott (NZL) scooped up her second medal of the weekend by putting down a backside 1260 melon, and a switch backside 1260 Weddle. Rounding that the female progression train was Laurie Blouin (CAN) who put down the first Cab triple underflip and a frontside double cork 1080 Weddle down for third.
“The level of competition tonight was insane, there hasn’t been a level like this ever!” said Sadowski-Synnott. “I’m proud to be a part of it and honored to be behind Reira because she is such an insane rider and it’s been a long-time coming,” said Sadowski-Synnott.