Photos Frode Sandbech
Here is Friday’s Slopestyle Results:
THE O'NEILL EVOLUTION, 2009
Run With Gravity
Janne Korpi takes out the slopestyle final of Evolution 2009 with Finnish finesse
Davos, Switzerland, 9 January 2009. It was a battle that no one could have predicted – a young Belgian rider taking on the might of Finland. However, Janne Korpi, the O'Neill rider from Nummela in Finland had no trouble defying gravity to beat 17 year old Seppe Smits in an epic slopestyle O'Neill Evolution 2009 final.
"I'm so stoked," said Janne who now moves up to second place on the Swatch TTR World Tour rankings. "It's been a long day and my legs are so tired." While the knock-out round format suited the consistency and skill of Janne, it was the intimacy of the competition that he found to be more of a challenge.
"I don't really like going up against and having to battle my friends," he said. "That is hard." However, he didn't have too hard a time in the final. His three runs consisted of a fs1080, a cab1080 and then a massive bs rodeo 900. On all of them, as commentator Gian Simmen pointed out, "he stomped the landing."
His fellow finalist Seppe joined the rest of the crowd in Davos in admiring the talent of the young Finn: "There was nothing I could have done, no trick I could have done could have beaten Janne," he said.
It was quite an achievement for the 17 year old Belgian. His three runs featured a bs900 mute, a huge cab 9, and a bs720.
"It's the best result I have ever got," he said. "It's just so crazy. I am just so stoked, I almost can't believe it."
Despite his youth and his first success at this level, Seppe was calm throughout – as demonstrated by his heart rate monitor, which remained surprisingly constant and low – unlike many of the other riders who were sporting the monitors from the quarter-finals.
Seppe came through the knockout rounds, eliminating the likes of Iouri Podlatchikov, Kim Rune Hansen and the current Swatch TTR World Tour leader, Chas Guldemond.
Chas, who finished fourth, still retains his number one status despite being knocked out by Seppe in the semi finals. "I was so disappointed at first, but then I sat back and enjoyed the final," he said.
Chas had previously stomped two massive 1260s – the first to make it through the round of 16, and then again in the quarterfinals against Peetu Piiroinen. "How was that?!," he said. "I've never stomped them before like that."
This was no ordinary snowboard competition, and this was no ordinary slopestyle course. The face of Jack O'Neill – the founder of O'Neill and inventor of the wetsuit, had been carved into the second kicker for everyone to soar over.
A snow sculpture of the solar system, representing the O'Neill Evolution challenge of 2009 to defy gravity, sat at the bottom of the course congratulating all the riders who flew through it.
And with the slopestyle winner crowned, now it's all about the quarterpipe – and last year's Evolution quarterpipe winner Kim Rune Hansen is exctited, although also a little hesitant to get back onto it: "The quarterpipe is so scary," he said. "I was scared last year as well. I try not to think about it too often, but because I've been injured a lot this season I've been thinking about it a bit more."
This is the first competition back for the Norwegian rider since being injured back in May. "I am still getting used to things again." However if his performance in the slopestyle is anything to go by – reaching the quarterfinals in style, only going out to Seppe Smits – he should be in top form.
Quarterpipe finals start tomorrow (January 10). The round of 32 will start at 3.45pm.
FINAL SLOPESTYLE RESULTS:
1 Janne Korpi FIN F 183.17
2 Seppe Smits BEL F 164.84
3 Kevin Backstrom SWE SF 156.00
4 Chas Guldemond USA SF 112.33
5 Peetu Piiroinen FIN QF 172.66
6 Elias Elhardt GER QF 167.50
7 Kim Rune Hansen NOR QF 160.00
8 Seb Toutant CAN QF 39.00
9 Gjermund Braaten NOR 16 164.33
10 Stefan Gimpl AUT 16 151.33
11 Jaakko Ruha FIN 16 144.17
12 Tim Humphreys USA 16 143.17
13 Maxime Henault CAN 16 115.00
14 Ulrik Badertscher NOR 16 112.67
15 Ville Uotila FIN 16 102.66
16 Mattias Nyberg SWE 16 99.34
17 Tore Holvik NOR 32 139.00
18 Antti Autti FIN 32 135.00
19 Risto Mattila FIN 32 127.50
20 Jonas Carlson SWE 32 124.84
21 Torgeir Bergrem NOR 32 123.67
22 Markus Malin FIN 32 117.34
23 Dimi De Jong NED 32 115.83
24 Gian Simmen SUI 32 104.34
25 Colin Frei SUI 32 98.17
26 Henning Marthinsen NOR 32 92.00
27 Andreas Gidlund SWE 32 89.17
28 Sindre Iversen NOR 32 82.17
29 Iouri Podladtchikov SUI 32 75.00
30 Arthur Longo FRA 32 61.50
31 Fredrik Evensen NOR 32 60.16
32 Eirik Haugo NOR 32 54.33
33 Patrick Burgener SUI Q 137.33
34 Petja Piiroinen FIN Q 137.00
35 Ethan Morgan GER Q 136.66
36 95 Wanger Mario AUT Q 126.00