James was impressive in Qualifying, moving through to the Final in sixth place in a strong field featuring many of the world’s best snowboarders.
In the finals, James was on track to post a big score on his first run but unfortunately fell on his last hit. James posted his highest score on his third and final run, to finish ranked seventh.
The event was won by two-time Olympic Gold Medalist Shaun White of the USA, with Ben Ferguson, also of the USA in second and Japanese rider Taku Hiraoka in third.
OWIA/NSWIS athlete Holly Crawford also competed, finishing in 16th place in the women’s Qualifying round.
The Women’s evet was won by American teenage sensation Chloe Kim, with Cai Xuetong of China in second and Kelly Clark of the USA in third.
IMAGE: Scotty James boosting out of the Vail Halfpipe © Scotty James Instagram