Laax, Switzerland: It was a gorgeous day in Laax Switzerland as the leading Men and Women fought for the Tour lead in the Slopestyle finals at the Swatch TTR SIX(6)STAR Burton European Open. Jamie Anderson (USA) took home the BEO Slopestyle Title as did Shaun White (USA), who posted his first TTR result of the season, earning 1000 TTR Ranking points. Jenny Jones (GBR) however, finished second in the slopestyle, which moved her into TTR World No. 1, just 3 points ahead of now TTR World No. 2 Jamie Anderson.
Snowboarding fans and judges saw big tricks come from the day’s top riders in both the Men’s and Women’s fields, taking progression to a whole new level. With Anderson stomping huge 540s off the kickers, busting out sick eggplants on the Quarterpipe and bringing back her buttery rail combos, there was no question as to why she won the Title. Jenny Jones landed huge 3s and a FS540 off the bigger kicker line, coming in second, as Silvia Mittermueller (GER) rounded out the Top 3 with sick alley-oops, big 7s and technical rail combos.
06/07 Tour Champion Torah Bright (AUS) who finished 9th overall in the Slopestyle has moved into Swatch TTR World No. 3 ahead of Elizabeth Beerman (USA) who is now World No. 4. Kelly Clark (USA) did not compete in the BEO Slopestyle and thus has been bumped down to TTR World No. 5.
The Men were going huge today with the Americans leading the pack. Shaun White (USA) took the Slopestyle Title with an insane kicker combo comprised of a huge Frontside 9 off the quarterpipe, a Frontside 10, a Backside 9 and then a Cab 10 off the kickers. Chas Guldemond (USA) was the runner up stomping an insane backside 1260 on the last kicker after a sweet McTwist, and Cab 9. Chas was the only rider to do a 12 in the entire competition. Tim Humphreys (USA) took the third spot with sick rail combos, and clean 7s, 9s and 10s in each of his runs.
Andy Finch (USA) holds on to his TTR Tour Lead as Chas Guldemond moves into World No. 3 with Risto Mattila (FIN) right behind him by just one point at Swatch TTR World No 4. Tim Humphreys’ (USA) second place moves him into World No. 8.
All the major TTR men and women riders will be bringing out the big guns, as there are only a few more opportunities to post their best SIX(6)STAR results and claim that desirable Swatch TTR World Championship Title and a piece of the $250 000 USD TTR prize purse.
In the men’s field, Risto Mattila, Andy Finch and Kevin Pearce (USA) will battle it out for the Top 3 spots in the TTR Rankings. 06/07 Tour Champion Shaun White is also a favourite going into the finals, and he could take home a second 2008 TTR Title in just one event, moving into Top 40.
Jamie Anderson didn’t make the Halfpipe finals, but finished 9th overall in Halfpipe, which earns her enough TTR Ranking points to move to World No. 1. Therefore, the battle for World No. 2 will shift over to Bright and Clark. Both girls are favourites going into the finals, so look for huge amplitude from Kelly and technical finesse from Torah.
Catch all the suspenseful action in-person at Laax tomorrow, but if you’re not on the mountain, log on to www.go211.com or www.freecaster.tv for live coverage and commentary of Friday’s Halfpipe finals. Also don’t forget to check out the TTR homepage for fresh News and Ranking updates as well as the Video Player for the highlights of the most heated snowboard competition in Europe.
Top Ten Slopestyle Results -- Men
Shaun White (USA) Burton
Chas Guldemond (USA) DC
Tim Humphreys (USA) Flow
Ville Uotila (FIN) Atomic
Peetu Piiroinen (FIN) Burton
Iouri Podladtchikov (SUI) Santa Cruz
Joel Lahti (FIN) FTwo
Risto Mattila (FIN) Flow
Sebastian Toutant (CAN) O’Neill
Kim Andre Eliassen (NOR) K2
Top Ten Slopestyle Results -- Women
Jamie Anderson (USA) Salomon
Jenny Jones (GBR) Billabong
Silvia Mittermueller (GER) Oakley
Meri Peltonen (FIN) Protest
Margot Rozies (FRA) Roxy
Sina Candrian (SUI) Burton
Kjerssti Oestgaard Buaas (NOR) Roxy
Lisa Filzmoser (AUT) Elan
Torah Bright (AUS) RoxyLisa Wiik (NOR) Roxy
Points Allocation SIX(6) STAR
1st 1000, 2nd 942.30, 3rd 900, 4th 868.06, 5th 842.41, 6th 820, 7th 798.79, 8th 780, 9th 763.35, 10th746.89, 11th 730.60, 12th 714.50, 13th 698.58, 14th 682.84, 15th 667.28, 16th 651.91
2007/2008 – Swatch TTR World Snowboard Tour Ranking as of: 17 /01/2008
1Finch, Andy Palmer, Ripcurl USA (762.49)
2Horgmo, TorsteinDC OakleyNOR(743.04)
3Guldemond, ChasDC ElectricUSA(738.75)
4Mattila, RistoBillabong Flow Giro, Kostum, VolvoFIN(737.81)
5Pearce, KevinBurton Adio, Frends, Oakley, VolcomUSA(719.01)
6Aguirre, MasonBurton Globe, Nixon, SmithUSA(629.36)
7Bang, MikkelBurton Analog, DVS, RedNOR(606.10)
8Humphreys, TimFlow, Bolle, SessionsUSA(602.87)
9Vito, LouieO Matic, Red Bull, Spy, VolcomUSA(596.19)
1Jones, JennyBillabong Nixon, Oakley, SalomonGBR(644.33)
2Anderson, JamieBillabong Electric, Grenade, SalomonUSA(641.86)
3Bright, TorahRoxy Boost Mobile, MiloAUS(510.95)
4Beerman, ElizabethDC GnuUSA(506.60)
5Clark, KellyBurton, Giro, RVCAUSA(502.99)
6Fliri, ClaudiaBillabong Voelkl Bern Unlimited, Deeluxe, Pow Gloves, SkullcandyAUT(490.88)
7Candrian, SinaBurton Anon, RedSUI(475.59)
8Haller, UrsinaEleven, K2, Smith, VansSUI(404.82)
9Beaman, HanaGrenade, Ride, Smith, VansUSA(362.21)
Founded by Terje Haakonsen and industry innovators in 2002, the SWATCH Ticket To Ride (TTR) World Snowboard Tour is a non-profit, rider-driven organization representing the progression of snowboarding. The SWATCH TTR World Snowboard Tour is based on global grass root and key independent freestyle snowboarding events over a ten-month period from Southern to Northern Hemisphere locations. Events are rated via a 1-through-6STAR system, with points allocated accordingly, a SIX(6) STAR event holds the highest. Any rider participating in these events, from up-and-coming to professional talent, earns ranking points and a position on the SWATCH TTR World Ranking List. The top male and female rider based on an average of their best six results of the season is crowned SWATCH TTR World Snowboard Tour Champion.