Stoneham, QC -Canadian Scott Shaw and Norwegian Stine Brun Kjeldaas won big at the Canadian Masters Halfpipe finals. Fellow Canadian Brett Carpentier came second in the men1s, defeating top seed of the qualification round and the semifinals, Swiss rider and Motorola ISF world champion 99-00 Therry Brunner. American Kelly Clarke claimed second and Norwegian Christel Thoresen rounded out the top three women.
The halfpipe finals were decided after a one-hour jam session featuring the top 12 men and 6 women at an exciting night in front of thousands of enthusiastic spectators, The riders were allowed to do as many runs as they wanted during a set time, only the best two runs are taken into consideration. And the closer it got toward the end of the session, the bigger the boys and girls flew, pushed on by the crowd.
An elated Scott Shaw, 18, made the trip to Calgary, AB, to check out the competition with his friends and ride with the big guns whenS “we got really good.”
Surprising himself and everyone else, he won the Canadian Masters, stop number 10 on the Motorola ISF Tour. “It1s easily the biggest victory of my life,” said Shaw. “I don1t know what I1ll do with all that money. I1ve been thinking about that. Maybe I1ll buy a car.” Scott got the judges attention by opening things up with three inverted tricks, A McTwist and Inverted 7201s.
Brett Carpentier is more than happy with his competition comeback after two years off the circuit. Happy to be competing again, and that he did well tonight this seasons going well for Carpentier, who says among other things he1s done this year ” I1m glad I1ve secured an Olympic quota spot for Canada,” he said.
The competition was close in the women1s round, the top three battled it out with Stine taking it in the end with her clean straight airs, Frontside 540 and finished it off with a Frontside 720. Stine was shocked with her win. She didn1t feel she was riding well through the qulaification rounds. After witnessing Kelly Clark and Christel Thoresen going so big, she decided to “just go out and have some fun.” It paid off.Stine didn1t just fly to the Canadian Masters to snowboard. She loves riding in front of Quebec1s amazing spectators, enjoys the nighttime event and is spoiled by the shopping.
The Motorola ISF Tour continues tomorrow with the GS competition where riders will be competing for points and prize money including the additional North American Motorola Prize Purse of $33,000US going to the top 3 men and women.
To catch some of tonight1s action on video visit http://www.isf.net.
Motorola ISF World Tour-Stoneham QCWomen -HalfpipeRank Surname First Name Nat1 BRUN KJELDAAS Stine NOR2 CLARKE Kelly USA3 THORESEN Christel NOR4 REUTELER Fabienne SUI5 RICKER Maelle CAN-Vancouver,BC6 VALLEE Dominique CAN-Beaconsfield,QC7 ROTH Daniela SUI8 ROY Manon CANSte Claire, AC9 SCHULER Andrea SUI10 BEACH Emily CAN-Calgary, AB11 BRUNEAU Josiane CAN-Lavaltrie, QC12 QUIRICI Lisa SUI
Motorola ISF World Tour-Stoneham QCMen -HalfpipeRank Surname First Name Nat1 SHAW Scott CAN-Calgary, AB2 CARPENTIER Brett CAN-Tremblant, QC3 BRUNNER Therry SUI4 BEACH James CAN-Calgary, AB5 BUMANN Daniel SUI6 LAMOUREUX Justin CAN-Calgary, AB7 LUNDSOER Rune NOR8 HOFFMANN Xaver GER9 SCHWAB Marco SUI10 MORRISET Guillaume CAN-Ste Foy, QC11 TUCKER Jerry USA12 HITZ Marcel SUI