Australia’s Scotty James scored the second-highest ever score in men’s snowboard halfpipe history to win the FIS World Cup event in Copper Mountain in Colorado at the weekend.

James recorded the second-highest score in the history of International Ski and Snowboard Federation (FIS) events with a 99 to win the men’s snowboard halfpipe leaving Swiss Jan Scherrer in second and Japan’s Kaishu Hirano third.

James started with a switch McTwist Japan leading into a cab 1440 stalefish, frontside 1080 tail grab, cab 900 indy, and ended with a switch backside double cork 1260 indy to bank the 99 that is second only to Shaun White’s 100 given at the 2018 Aspen Snowmass World Cup.

James, 28, said: “The progression is so rapid these days, and I’m really happy to be a part of that, but I wanted to make some new additions with some creativity and get the soul back.”

In the women’s snowboard halfpipe, veteran Spaniard Castellet turned back the clock with a slick best run of 89.75 to win from Canada’s Elizabeth Hosking and Japan’s Mitsuki Ono.

Scotty James poses for a portrait in Jindabyne, Australia on August 8, 2022. // CREDIT: Brett Hemmings / Red Bull Content Pool