(Sat.11.03.99, bh) The night finals of the third last Halfpipe Competitionof the Motorola ISF World Championships has ended about a couple of minutesago in an exciting night final with thousands of spectators and the resultsshow both: The favorites succeeding and new stars rising:

Stoneham, about a 20 minutes car-drive away from Quebec City, again provedto be one of the hottest spots of the Motorola ISF World Pro Tour, theentire resort is strongly behind the event and the setup of thisnight-final, with flashlights, scanners and a huge sound system is reallyreflecting a Snowboard event at it’s best.

Women’s leader in the Motorola ISF World Championship ranking, NorwegianStine Brun Kjeldaas (Duotone) dominated the finals with two clean runs,showing FS 720ies to huge 540ies. “After I won the semi-finals, I was prettynervous about the finals, but it worked out perfectly. There are still twomore Halfpipe-competitions to come of the Motorola ISF World Championships,and I am looking forward to the big showdown in Switzerland”, Stine statedright after her victory. Second placed Minna Hesso (FIN/Salomon) showed goodand technically difficult riding, she came close before third placedAustrian Junior World Champion ’98, Caro Ehrenstrasser (Burton). “Afterwinning the qualification yesterday, I was really hoping to bring my runsdown in the finals as well – I crashed so often in previous finals thisseason that I was really feeling a bit insecure. Now I am totally happy thatit worked out! This podium-rank is the best warmup for next weeks ISF JuniorWorld Championships in Les Menuires/FRA, where I will compete next week.”

At the men’s, a new Star was born tonight: 20 years old Stoneham localGuillaume Morisette, who qualified for the World Series event through thepre-qualifiers rounds, defeated the creme de la creme of the Worlds bestHalfpipe riders with incredibly skilled riding. “Yeah, I was hoping to endup first at my home-contest, but now that it really worked out, I can hardlybelieve it! Of course this is the best thing that can happen, winning yourhome-event”, the pretty stoked winner stated. Second placed was bestEuropean, Swiss Sims rider Thierry Brunner, who, after winning thesemi-finals and crashing in the first of his final runs had to riskeverything in his (last chance) second one. “All I tried to do was repeatingthe run which brought me first place in the semi-finals, but due to the factthat it was my last chance, I felt pretty nervous. But with this crowd ofdiehard-Snowboard spectators along the contest site, you feel so pushed thatyou have to give everything. I am totally happy that it paid off, tonightthere’s gonna ba a real big party in downtown Quebec City I think”, Brunnersaid with a big smile.Third place went to Norwegian Espen Arvesen (Burton), who could shorten hisdistance to Motorola ISF World Championship leader Ross Powers (USA/Burton)a little. Powers, who ended up 4th today after crashing at the second lasthit in his awesome second final run. But it is going to become a tough jobto take over Powers’ lead, he’s still far ahead of (not competing inStoneham) Gian Simmen (SUI/Blue Window) and Arvesen. Besides that, there areonly two contests to be held until the tour-finals.

Tomorrow, the Super G is scheduled here in Stoneham, before the World’s bestriders will move on to Stratton Mtn/Vermont for the 18th edition of thelegendary US Open, the next stop of the Motorola ISF World Pro Tour. Makesure to check your e-mail and you’ll know it all first.

Results Halfpipe Women
Rank Surname First Name Nat Sponsor ISF WR Points Prize Money Points
1 BRUN KJELDAAS STINE NOR DUOTONE 424,66 5251
2 HESSO MINNA FIN SALOMON 413,35 3143
3 EHRENSTRASSER CAROLINE AUT BURTON 407,23 1911
4 ROTH DANIELA SUI SIMS 401,58 1191
5 NIEVES CATHERINE USA BURTON 396,32 770
6 ZUREK NATASZA CAN BURTON 391,37 524
7 THORESEN CHRISTEL NOR BURTON 386,67 380
8 BURKE STACY ANNE CAN WESTBEACH 382,21 296
9 JARRVELA SATU FIN ARNETTE 377,94 246
10 BRUNEAU JOSIANE CAN RIOTKOMBI 373,84 218
11 GERVAIS STEPHANIE CAN K2RIPZONE 369,89 201
12 QUIRICI LISA SUI BURTON 366,09 191
13 ROHRER JOELLE SUI NITRO 362,40
14 JORDAN SARA CAN LIMITED 358,83
15 ROY MANON CAN BURTON 355,35
16 PISCHKE MEGHAN USA LAMARVANS 351,98
17 GAUVIN VERGINIE CAN 348,69
18 THOMPSON LESLIE USA 345,29
19 MENTEL BIBIAN NED DUOTONE 319,96
20 THEBERGE MELISSA CAN BURTONULT 296,93

Results Halfpipe Men
Rank Surname First Name Nat Sponsor Points Prize Money Points
1 MORISSET GUILLAUME CAN – 395,74 6683
2 BRUNNER THERRY SUI SIMS 380,45 4774
3 ARVESEN ESPEN NOR BURTON 373,20 3586
4 POWERS ROSS USA BURTON 366,58 2705
5 GUINN JONAS CAN K2 ARNETT 360,46 2053
6 VANGEN KLAS NOR NIKE 354,73 1569
7 LAMOUREUX JUSTIN CAN MLY 686 349,33 1211
8 LUNDSOER RUNE NOR SIMS 344,20 945
9 PLOETZENEDER MAX AUT QUIKSILVE 339,32 748
10 HITZ MARCEL SUI FANATIC 334,64 602
11 ALIBABIC SANI AUT BURTON 330,15 494
12 DUMONT SYLVAIN CAN – 325,82 414
13 PERREAULT CHARLES-ANT CAN NIDECKER 321,64 355
14 ODDEN JON NOR NITRO 317,59 311
15 MICHAELIS JAN GER BURTON 313,66 278
16 MCKAY T.J. CAN SIMS 309,84 254
17 SCOTT JIMI USA ICEAGE 306,13 236
18 HURME MARKUS FIN OXYGEN 302,50 223
19 TUCKER JERRY USA BURTON 298,97 213
20 TYRKAS DANIEL GER G & S 295,52 206
21 MIGNEAULT DANIEL CAN BURTONOAK 292,14 200
22 SASIADEK MAREK POL BURTON 288,83 196
23 CAMIRAND EMANUEL CAN 285,59 193
24 GOLDBERG RUBE CAN NITRO 282,42 191
25 LABRECQUE PIERRE-LUC CAN EXTREME 279,30
26 SANKALA HENRI FIN SALOMON 276,24
27 WEBER CHRISTOPH GER SALOMON 273,23
28 PETRASKA ADAM USA BURTON 270,27
29 CHIODI RON USA ROSSIGNOL 267,36
30 FOX JESSE CAN BURTON 264,50
31 HATT CHRIS USA K2 SWAG 261,68
32 BEAULIEU PATRICK CAN SALOMON 258,90
33 PORCHERON-CARRIE DAVID CAN BURTON 256,17
34 MARTINEAU YVES#1 CAN QUANTUM 247,84
35 LEMAY HUGO CAN RADULTIME 242,21
36 AUTHIER GABRIEL CAN RIDE 242,21
37 WILSON KRIS CAN GENERICS 239,38
38 BAUMANN DANIEL SUI NITRO 218,43
39 SAVARD DAVID CAN SCOTTSHOP 171,35
40 PARE PHILIPPE CAN PEDALIER 153,76
41 JOHNSTON GREG USA SUNNY BRE 135,32
42 SCHWAB MARCO SUI NITRO 131,59
43 RHEAULT SYLVAIN CAN SALOSPLIT 103,59
44 COTE ISAEL CAN AIRWALK 86,89
45 WELLS JORDAN USA 45,18
46 DANEAU JONATHAN CAN WESTBEACH 35,68
47 SCOTT MIKE CAN OPTION 25,94
48 LAROCHE MATHIEU CAN SIMS/DLX 0,00
49 HARSTAD THOMAS NOR DUOTONE 0,00
50 BROCHU GUILLAUME CAN LIBTECHDL 0,00
51 FORTE CODY USA BURTON 0,00
GAGNON CHARLES CAN
KALBERMATTEN FREDERIK SUI BURTON
BEAUCHESNE SYLVAIN CAN
HARLOS NICK CAN