Sun., Jan.21, 2001, Leysin/SUI. Local Jonas Emery (SUI/Rossignol) and women’s halfpipe serial-winner Stine Brun Kjeldaas (NOR/Duotone) win the Halfpipe competition. As in yesterday’s PGS, a full swiss podium at the Mens with current World Rank leader Gian Simmen (Blue Win) and Dani Costandache (O’Neill) coming in second and third. Suomi rider Minna Hesso (Salomon) as second and swiss girl Fabienne Reuteler (Ydoiride) complete the women’s podium.

It was a perfect day for the pipe-competition: Blue sky, warm temperatures and more than 1000 cheering specatators along the 4,5 meters high and 140 meters long superpipe and in the event-village ensured the special flair of this classic tourstop in Leysin.

The riders, all pretty hyped up from the crowd were giving it back by going big and high. And it was a local to win! Jonas Emery, recently more doing Big Air competitions than Halfpipes, won with a stunning second run, featuring clean FS 900 and switch 720 Haakon Flips ahead of the current leader in the Motorola ISF Championship rankings, Gian Simmen.

“I’m stoked! Last season I won the Toyota Big Air Competition in Sapporo and proved to be a good straight-jumper. I did not do a lot of piperiding or training during summer, but at my first Halfpipe-competition in Laax (where he ended up 4th!!) I got into it again. I learned three new tricks during practise and qualification here and now I won this big event so close to home. Today I finally could prove to be a good piprider as well”, Emery stated with a wink of an eye.

Stine Brun Kjeldaas, 1999/2000 Motorola ISF World Champion and by far leader of this season’s rankings (up to now, she won every single competition she entered this season!) again showed a nice run in the finals, featuring a clean 720 and a 540 mellon: “Technically, the other two girls on the podium are on the same level as I am, and from what I saw during practice, Minna (Hesso) could have beaten me today if she would have had a clean run. I charged hard and had to risk a lot, but it fortunately worked out. I guess I was just that little higher than the others”, she stated.

The Motorola ISF Tour is now leaving Switzerland and will come back with the Snowboardcross competition in Oberstdorf/GER with 100.000 US$ of prize money on Jan. 31st.

For additional information such as pictures, event programme, … check out the official event-website www.leysin.ch.

Results Halfpipe Women
Rank Surname First Name Nat Sponsor
1 BRUN KJELDAAS Stine NOR DUOTONE
2 HESSO Minna FIN SALOMON
3 REUTELER Fabienne SUI YDOIRIDE
4 OESTGAARD BUAAS Kjersti NOR BURTON
5 SCHULER Andrea SUI DUOTONE
6 COMBELLES Aude SUI NORTHWAVE
7 JARVELA Satu FIN ALLIAN
8 RAUTAVA Kirsi FIN DUOTONE
9 PESKO Manuela SUI BURTON
10 BAUMGARTNER Tanja AUT K2
11 ROTH Daniela SUI O’NEILL
12 RICHON Pauline SUI ROSSIGNOL
13 STUDER Murielle SUI OVOSALOMO
14 HEGERTUN WIIK Lisa NOR NITRO
15 UNSELD Silke GER ACG NIKE
16 QUIRICI Lisa SUI 55DSL
17 STEINBAUER Annette GER BILLABHMR
18 ‘+PEDERZOLLI Nici AUT O’NEILL
19 JAEGER Mirjam SUI SIMSVANS
20 KRISELL Asa Jenny SUI BLAX
21 RYZY Sasha AUS BURTON
22 POSPISCHIL Elisabeth SUI SANTACRUZ
23 STEINBAUER Babette GER HMR7ELEVE
24 LARISCH Jenny GER SCOTT
TSCHARNER Martina SUI K2WESTB
ROHRER Joelle SUI NITRO

Results Halfpipe Men:
Rank Surname First Name Nat Sponsor
1 EMERY Jonas SUI ROSSIGNOL
2 SIMMEN Gian SUI BLUE WIN
3 COSTANDACHE Dani SUI O’NEILL
4 IMHOF Pascal SUI ROSSIGNOL
5 ARVESEN Espen NOR SALOMON
6 CHIODI Ron USA STRATTON
7 CHRISTIANSEN Kim NOR QUIKSILVE
8 ROHRER Fabien AUT NITRO
9 BRUNNER Therry SUI NITRO
10 LUNDSOER Rune NOR VALHALL
11 KALBERMATTEN Frederik SUI BURTON
12 SORSA Heikki FIN BURTON
13 GRILC Marko SLO BURTON
14 KESTENHOLTZ Reto SUI BLUE WIN
15 HURME Markus FIN OXYGEN
16 JUSTAFRE Mathieu FRA ROSSIGNOL
17 HITZ Marcel SUI FANATIC
18 +GUTTORM Juha FIN NITRO
>19 ‘+MANNINEN Lauri FIN DUOTONE
20 AHO Timo FIN ELAN
21 HEISKARI Lauri FIN HAMMER
22 PLOETZENEDER Max AUT NITRO/QS
23 ALIBABIC Sani AUT BURTON
24 OJALA Tuomo FIN LAMARFLOW
25 LUNN Halvor NOR BURTON
26 WYDEN Thomas SUI FANATIC
27 BACKSTROM Iikka FIN GNUQUIKSILVER
28 SCHWAB Marco SUI NITRO
29 VANGEN Klas NOR SANTACRUZ
30 BERGER Sergio SUI OVOMALTIN
31 THORESEN Christian NOR HAMMER
32 LUEPS Vinzenz GER TD1BURTON
33 TUORINIEMI Sami FIN ROSSIGNOL
34 BUVOLI Michel SUI BLAX
35 PLUER Dominic SUI BLUE WIN
36 SCHMALTZ Alexander GER VOELKL
37 LIEN Ivar NOR OXYGEN
37 JACCOUD Maxime SUI SALOMON
39 MOLIN Peter NOR VOELKL
40 BUMANN Daniel SUI NITRO
41 HARSTAD Thomas NOR BILLABONG
42 SPAENI Renato SUI OVOMALTIN
43 STUDER Caspar SUI ROSSIGNOL
44 ODDEN Jon NOR NITRO
45 N.A. Goripon 1 BURTON
46 PERAUER Gert AUT DUOTONE
47 SCOTT Jimi USA ACG/ICE
48 BUVOLI Davide SUI RIDE-EURO
49 FURGER Franco SUI PALMER
50 WIESNER Florian SUI NIDEQUIK
51 STRECKER Joel SUI DUOTONE
52 SCHAUWECKER Alexander SUI ROSSIGNOL
53 WEBER Christoph GER SALOMON
54 BRECHBUEHL Raymond SUI SIMS
55 FELDMANN Rolf SUI SMITH
56 KATHOLNIG Dominic AUT VOELKL
57 REINTHALER David AUT SALOMON
58 RUEEGG Roger SUI NITRO
59 STRECKER Jerome SUI HAMMER/HH
60 BUVOLI Gianluca SUI BLAX
MUELLER Nicolas SUI BURTON
BENEDEK Boris GER HEAD
WEILEMANN Yves SUI BLUE WIN
FRANCK Daniel NOR SALOMON