Jamie Anderson. PHOTO: Pablo AzocaR

Jamie Anderson. PHOTO: Pablo AzocaR

Wanaka, New Zealand, August 12, 2011 – Canadian rider, Mark McMorris, and American, Jamie Anderson, took the first 5Star Slopestyle titles of the 2011/12 TTR World Tour season at the  2011 Burton New Zealand Open.  The slopestyle finals went down at Cardrona Alpine Resort with optimal weather conditions making for some great riding.  All riders who competed in slopestyle at the New Zealand Open have all earned ranking points towards both the TTR Slopestyle Tour Rankings and the TTR Overall Tour Ranking lists.

Jamie Anderson wins first 5Star title of 2011/12 season

The competition was run using a best-of-three-run format with women and men alternating on each run.  The women took to the course first and it was an immediate battle between two-time TTR World Tour Champion, Jamie Anderson, and Norwegian competition queen, Kjersti Buaas.  Jamie held the lead all day and won with a run that included a switch backside 180 tailtap, a front blunt to fakie and a half Cab 5-0 to backside 180 on the jib section and a switch backside 540, frontside 360 and a backside 540 on the jump line.  Kjersti came in a close second and Jordie Karlinski (USA) took home third place.

Mark McMorris. PHOTO: Pablo Azocar

Mark McMorris. PHOTO: Pablo Azocar

Mark McMorris beats out some tough competition
The men took the last run of the day and Mark McMorris won the title with a run that consisted of a full Cab stall, Cab 270 frontboard to fakie and a half Cab to backside 360 in the jib section and a backside double cork 1080, frontside 900 and ended with a Cab 1260 on the jump line.  Mark had this to say about his win, “Today was awesome.  I’m so stoked to be on the podium with some good friends.  Everybody rode insane and I’m happy to get a top spot at my first 5Star”.  Fellow Canadian, Sebastien Toutant, was right behind Mark in second place and Norweigian up-and-comer, Stale Sandbech rounded out the podium in third place.

Riders register results for all-new ranking system

With his win today, Mark McMorris registered his first result of the 2011/12 TTR season and is sitting in the World No.4 position on the TTR Slopestyle Tour Ranking list.  Roope Tonteri (FIN), who placed seventh today and won last week’s 4Star Billabong Slopestyle competition in addition to grabbing sixth place at the 5Star Billabong Ante Up big air event, is now the current leader of both the men’s TTR Slopestyle Tour Ranking and the TTR Overall Tour Ranking.  Jamie Anderson is in the familiar World No. 1 position on both the women’s TTR Slopestyle and Overall Tour Ranking lists.

There is one more day of action on tap at the 2011 Burton New Zealand Open with women’s halfpipe finals and men’s halfpipe semi-finals and finals.   All the action will be available to view live via webcast.  Check out www.opensnowboarding.com for local live webcast times.  Riders who compete in halfpipe will all earn ranking points towards the TTR Halfpipe Tour Rankings and the TTR Overall Tour Rankings. Keep up-to-date on all TTR World Snowboard Tour happenings at www.ttrworldtour.com.