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Jake Pates ~ Pipe/Slope

Photograph By Courtesy of Burton

Jakes Pates' hometown crowd in Vail, Colo., went nuts when the relative unknown made it to finals in the pipe at the 2014 Burton U.S. Open in Vail, where he ultimately finished in seventh place in his first major pro contest. Pates won the U.S. Revolution Tour halfpipe event in Mammoth Mountain, Calif., in February, and also competes in slopestyle events. He took second at the 2013 Burton European Junior Open. Sponsors have taken early notice. After that Burton U.S. Open performance, so has everyone else.